Dodging the heavy showers which unfortunately have become the
norm lately did not dampen the judges' enthusiasm for the quality
of farming in both livestock and arable classes for the Border
Crop and Grassland Management Competition.
With judges from as far afield as Milton Keynes, Huntingdon and
Kircudbright the task of selecting the winner of the various classes
according to the competition motto - 'It's no' what ye hae, it's
what you dae with what you hae' was made no easier.
The judges were impressed by the enthusiasm shown by the entrants
and all agreed they were off to apply the same enthusiasm to their
own farms at home.
There were also comments made on how refreshing it was to see
many of the younger generation taking on the family farm with commitment
and dedication to making farming their life - and a profitable
one at that with added value and looking to make the best use of
their land. Within all classes, the standard of entrants was very
high with differences between them being minute.
Organised jointly by the Border Union Agricultural Society and
the Kelso and District Agricultural Discussion Society, the event's
committee is grateful for the generous support of a number of local
businesses and organisations.
Chairman Derrek Parrish, of Hassendeanburn, Hawick, said: "We
would also like to thank the judges and local stewards who gave
their time to visit all farms, the entrants whose hospitality was
once again second to none and Ednam House who hosted the judges
and the awards ceremony."
The overall winner of the championship class was Robert Jackson
and Family of Detchant Farm with a real family enterprise, with
Peter Tweedie of Bughtrig Farm gaining the runner-up spot.
In the Lowground Smaller class, the Gastons of Ravelaw won with
Will Hamilton of Bee Edge as runners-up.
Both places in the Lowground Smaller were taken by first time
entrants with the winner being John B. Fullarton of Hadden Farm
and Jane Mitchell of Courthill in second place. The stockrearing
class was won by Giles Henry of
Oakwood Mill, with Peter Douglas of Ruletownhead second. Conservation
was won by Jim Sutherland, while Jane Mitchell of Courthill was
A Farm Walk has been arranged to OAKWOOD MILL FARM for Thursday
12th July at 7.30pm for any interested parties by kind permission
of the Henry Family. Any queries please contact Gillian Neill on
BORDER CROP AND GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT COMPETITION
FULL LIST OF
1st - J. R. Jackson, Detchant Farm, Belford
- Fenwick Jackson Cup
2nd - P. Tweedie, Bughtrig, Jedburgh - MacKenzie
Best Winter Wheat
J. M. Jackson & Son, Bowsden Hall Farm,
P. Tweedie, Bughtrig Farm,
1st - I. & R. Gaston, Ravelaw, Duns - Thomson
2nd - W. B. Hamilton, Bee Edge, Coldingham
1st - J. Prentice, Swinton Quarter
2nd - A. & J. Hodge, Whitsome East Newton
- I. & R. Gaston
2nd - N/A
1st - S. & E.
Robson, New Haggerston, Lowick
2nd - W. B. Hamilton
1st - John B. Fullarton, Hadden Farm, Kelso -
2nd - Jane Mitchell, Courthill, Hawick
1st - M. H. Walker & R. M. Walker,
2nd - John B. Fullarton
-Penmar Farming, Duddo, Etal
2nd - M. H. Walker & R. M. Walker
1st - Jane Mitchell
2nd - N/A
1st - Giles Henry, Oakwood Mill, Selkirk - Hogg Cup
2nd - P. Douglas, Ruletownhead, Hawick
Best Commercial Beef Enterprise
BQ Farming Partnerships
Ltd., Carterhaugh & Fauldshope, Selkirk
- A. J. Fleming Trophy
1st - J. Sutherland, Hillhouse & Addington,
2nd - BQ Farming Partnerships Ltd.
2nd - F. Jackson, Scraesburgh, Jedburgh
1st - BQ Farming Partnerships Ltd.
2nd - P. Douglas
1st - J. Sutherland, Hillhouse & Addington, Oxton
- Buccleuch Quaich
2nd - Jane Mitchell, Courthill, Hawick - Buccleuch
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