Despite a challenging year for silage making across the country, AgriScot’s silage competition attracted over 70 high quality entries, which were whittled down to 12 finalists, with fresh samples judged on the day.
Hugh McClymont and Jim Warnock took to the main ring to share live commentary and select their winners from the four sections. The four categories were dairy and beef clamp, big bale, and a young farmers section.
The young farmer’s section saw Ben McClymont, Saughland Estate, take the top spot, with second place being awarded to Fiona and Rebecca Thomson, Tillyrie, Kinross and third place to Andrew & Harry Neill of Upper Nisbet.
In the Big Bale section, Tom Bennie, Oxhill, Stirlingshire won with his silage combing an ME of 11.8 with a crude protein of 15.0 with Hamish Dykes, South Slipperfield, West Linton coming in second and Craig Bothwell, Cleugh Farm in third.
In the Beef section, James Marshall, SRUC Easter Howgate won with his silage particularly impressing the judges with an ME of 12.3 with Ian & John Whiteford, Hill Tarvit Mains coming in second & R Black, Drochil Castle Farm in third.
The Dairy section boasted finalists from the north of Scotland to the south, with the winner hailing from Portencalzie, Stranraer, in Alexander Shankland & Sons, with the runner up going to Laird & Co, Pole Farm, and third place to Allan Scott of Georth Farm – both from Orkney.
The Silage Competition is organised by Andrew Best from Sponsors, Watson Seeds.