REGIONAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR TOP FARMING AWARDS
Successful commercial farming combined with sound conservation practice will be rewarded at next month’s Great Yorkshire Show when the overall champion of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Tye Trophy competition will be announced.
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In the run up to the three day farming showcase, (Tues 14 – Thurs 16 July) the five regional winners have now been selected and from these, the Champion will be chosen. The ceremony for all the winners takes place on Wednesday 15 July, at England’s premier agricultural event with the Society’s President, Lord Crathorne, officiating.
Top of the judging criteria was the degree of integration of conservation into a well-run commercial farming system, and also evidence of future strategy in taking the measures forward. In addition, the extent to which existing habitats and features have been retained, enhanced and managed effectively.
Charles Mills, Regional Judging Panel Chairman said: “I’ve been involved in judging the Tye Trophy competition since it began in 2007 and it’s interesting and rewarding, to see how it’s developed. There is a growing awareness amongst farmers that conservation is a valuable addition to successful commercial farming, which is how it should be. As ever, the standard of entries has been high, and all our winners deserve praise and recognition. They exemplify what can be achieved when conservation is an integral part of commercial farming practice, and the benefits which result.”
Mr Mills farms at Appleton Roebuck near York and will become Honorary Show Director of the Great Yorkshire Show on Thursday 16 July, at the close of the 2015 event.
The five regional winners are:
West & South Yorkshire Area Winner
Malcolm Fewster, Listing Mill Farm, Cleckheaton.
North Yorkshire Area Winner
Timothy Fothergill, Red House Farm, Easby, Richmond.
Tyne Tees Area Winner
Simon Hare, Trees House Farm, Brignall, Barnard Castle.
East Yorkshire Area Winner
Geoff Riby, Low Stonehills Farm, Fraisthorpe, Bridlington.
Northumberland Area Winner
Edwin Taylor, Wallish Walls Farm, Shotley Bridge, Consett
All will be presented with framed certificates, cheques for £200, crystal glasses and wooden plaques, with the overall champion receiving the championship trophy and a further cheque for £200.
19 June 2015
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