Over 20 different farms entered the Glendale Agricultural Society’s 2018 Silage Competition, an event which allowed farmers to hear how they can maximise the full potential from their forage.
Rumenco, a leading supplier of top-quality feed solutions for over 60 years, supported the competition. Detailed analysis of the silage samples, and advise to those who entered was given by Rumenco’s Area Business Manager for South Scotland and North East England, Ross Sibbald.
A total of 29 entries, from 20 separate farms across Northumberland, entered into the two sections of the competition; Bale Silage and Clamp Silage.
In the Clamp competition, Geoff Frater of Boulmer Hall scooped first, second place was awarded to the Greys of West Farm near Craster and third place was presented to the Jacksons of Rugley Farm at Alnwick.
The winner of the Bale competition was Andrew Campbell of Thrunton, with Howick Estate following in both second and third place.
The overall best forage sample was supplied from Andrew Campbell of Thrunton, who won the Glendale Agricultural Cup.
A total of £145 was raised from the competition entry money and this was presented to the Glendale Agricultural Society, from Rumenco, to go towards the purchase of new cattle gates.
Jack Frater, committee member of the Glendale Agricultural Society, commented after the event:
“I would like to say a particular thank you to Ross Sibbald, from Rumenco, who analysed the forage samples in detail and presented the awards evening, offering his own advice for maximising forage quality and discussing the results.
I would also like to thank all those who entered, this competition offered farmers a detailed insight into the importance of good quality silage. This is a new competition for us and we are delighted that it has been a success.”
Active for over 125 years, Glendale Agricultural Society stages the hugely successful Glendale Show attracting over 12,000 visitors each year and has now become one of the leading highlights of the Northumbrian agricultural calendar. As well as hosting the multi-award-winning educational Children’s Countryside Day which this year attracted over 1650 children.