Four in a row for Turriff!

Turriff & District's winning team
Turriff & District's winning team

Turriff & District JAC retained their title for the fourth year in a row at the Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs annual North Region Grampian Rally.

The rally was held in The Thainstone Agricultural Centre, Inverurie - a new venue for the rally - on Saturday.

Turriff & District romped home with a 67 point lead over second placed Mid Deeside YFC.

The Industrial Section kicked off proceedings on the day receiving over 650 entries in open baking, open handicrafts, photography, floral art, club displays in baking and handicraft and practical competitions.

This was closely followed by 102 members judging eight classes of stock.

Teams also had to battle it out in the construction of a Butchers Block (practical competitions) and tried to out skill each other in the Mini Digger Challenge and the Electric Fence construction (field contests) all of which kept the members busy until lunch time.

The afternoon started off with the boys five-a-side football and girls five-a-side netball. Despite the dull weather the members still competed in the 4x100 relay, obstacle course and the neep shot put. Rounding off the sporting events was the tug o war with six ladies and nine gents teams pulling for much needed points.

There were 18 clubs from the Grampian Area (Durris JAC, Kinneff JAC, Mearns JAC, Belhelvie JAC, Deer & District JAC, New Deer JAC, Strichen JAC, Turriff JAC, Udny JAC, Echt YFC, Garioch YFC, Inverurie YFC, Mid Deeside YFC, Vale of Alford JAC, Keith YFC, Lower Banffshire YFC, Lower Speyside YFC and Strathbogie JAC) competing in this year’s rally.

The top honours for the day were awarded to Turriff & District JAC with 168 points towards the Angus Milling Trophy.

Second was Mid Deeside with 101 points and Echt YFC were third with 97 points. Udny JAC also took home the Turriff YFC Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the small club with the most points for the third year running.

Turriff JAC is one of the two biggest clubs in the North Region with 72 members currently on their membership list. Udny JAC are one of the bigger small clubs with approx 21 members. Both clubs are very active and are from the same district within the north region, East Aberdeenshire.