Young farmers rally the troops for county day

Shaftoe's Ed Furlong and Coquetdale's Daniel Graham on the bolster and bar.
Shaftoe's Ed Furlong and Coquetdale's Daniel Graham on the bolster and bar.

Hundreds of young farmers battled it out for the honours at their annual rally.

Tractor handling, stock judging, flower arranging and tug of war were among the competitions at the Northumberland Young Farmers’ Club YFC county rally at Haydon Bridge.

The event, hosted by Shaftoe YFC, is the biggest day in the YFC calendar and included more than 70 different competitions.

Eleven clubs from all over Northumberland took part and visitors were able to see the members’ static exhibits including crafts, photography, cookery, art and floral art.

The Rally Shield for the club with the least points was awarded to Whitley Chapel YFC. Runners-up were Shaftoe YFC.

Northumberland YFC county chairman James Walby said: “Today’s rally is all about our members taking part and pulling together as a team.

“By doing this they gain experience and it is amazing how you see members grow in confidence every time they take part in the rally.”

Winners of many of the events will have the honour of representing their club and county at the Northern Area Field Day on June 22, which Northumberland YFC will host.

The Northumberland Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs is one of the largest youth movements in rural Northumberland.