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A Winning Scottish Young Farmer
10:00am Tuesday 7th August 2012 in News
Congratulations are in order for the winner of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) ‘Stockman of the Year’ title. John Gilmour of Ayr Young Farmers Club was awarded the prize at this years’ Royal Highland Show.
Competition was tough, with the candidates going head to head in livestock judging, demonstrations and interviews. As well as solo success on the day, John is also a member of Ayrshire A team, who successfully battled to joint third place in the group events.
The prize was awarded to John by Graeme Crawford, account manager for Elanco in Scotland. “It is great to be able to be involved with events like this that encourage and support young farmers. John is a worthy winner and deserves to be very proud of himself”. Elanco are willing sponsors of the competition and have a strong relationship with the SAYFC in their mission to unite and educate young members of rural communities across Scotland.
Don't forget the very first Scottish Smallholder and Grower Festival, which is being held on Sunday 30th September 2012, at Forfar Market in Angus.
Class schedules and entry forms for the pig, goat, sheep and poultry shows are now available for prospective exhibitors to download from the Festival’s website. There are classes for juniors and young handlers in all sections plus a number of more unusual classes.
In the sheep show, there are classes for Ryelands and Coloured Ryelands, supported by the Ryeland Flock Book Society, plus classes for Northern short-tailed breeds, British lowland, British hill and upland and British longwool, as well as continental breeds, wool on the hoof and best horns. The Festival is also the only Scottish qualifier for the Rare Breed Survival Trust’s Young Shepherd of the Year 2013.
The pig show has classes for all fifteen breeds recognised by the British Pig Association. Organised by the Scottish Pig Keepers’ Association, the Festival will host the final of the SPKA Young Pig of the Year and the SPKA Champion of Champions.
full details are on the Festival website www.scottishsmallholdershow.co.uk
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