Young farmers triumph

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Many events have passed since the last report on Machars YFC, with large attendances and great successes.


10: Machars v Stewartry 11-a-side football. Machars won 11-3.

11: Dairy stockjudging, Stewarton Farm, Kirkinner, by kind permission of the McCornick family. 61 competitors with the judge John Cowan. The winners were: 1= overall, Graeme and Jeffery Penrose with an impressive total of 260. 2 overall and 1st lady, Elaine Vance, 3 overall, Emma Vance. 1st YF, Greame Penrose, and joint 1st junior, Thomas McKinnel and Bob Stead.

13: S&R dairy stockjudging, High Boreland, by kind permission of the McColm family. Ilise Spice won 2nd overall, 1st YF, 1st junior & 1st lady.

15: West area field sports. Machars entered a football and netball team.

25: Stranraer Show. Machars entered a boys and girls team into the YF handicrafts. The boys and girls teams both gained second place.


1: Wigtown Show. A very wet day did not dampen the spirits of those who made it to a muddy but crowded dance. The YFC beef female calf class: 1. Abby Forsyth, 2. William McCornick, 3. Bobby Landers. YFC beef male calf class: 1. Kay McClymont, 2. Abby Forsyth, 3. Katie Landers. YFC prime lamb class: 1. Kay McClymont, 2. Eilidh Parker, 3. Robert Templeton.

4: Dumfries Show. A handicrafts team was entered, they were unplaced on the day but Emily Nash received a third for the further article. The club also won the club noticeboard competition. A stock demo team was also competing that day with sheep: Robert Templeton, dairy: Kirsty Wilson and beef: Bobby Landers. The team was unplaced.

10: Sheep stockjudging at Cairnhouse, Wigtown, by kind permission of the Craig Family. 40 competitors took on six classes with the judge being Peter Murray of High Ersick. The winners were 1st overall & 1st lady, Hilary Howatson, 2nd overall, John Howatson, 3rd overall & 1st YF, Tom Bell, and 1st junior, Robbie McCornick.

20: Lower Nithsdale V Machars football. 5-5 draw.

24: Beef stockjudging at Reiffer Park, Sorbie, by kind permission of the Forsyth family. Generously sponsored prize money by Priory Veterinary Centre, Galloway & Macleod and New Breed UK. A huge attendance of 140 competitors made for a very successful evening, with a very capable judge Mr James Nisbet of Ochtalure. The winners were 1st overall & 1st junior, Jack Ritchie, 2nd overall & 1st young farmer, Bobby Landers. 3rd overall, Andy MacKay. 1st lady, Fiona Allan.


2: Car treasure hunt. The treasure hunt was produced by Dr David Baird. Nine teams took part with the eventual winners of the night being “The Moses Baskets” with 55 ½ out of 59.

7: Donation to Riverside Day Centre. Members there to hand over the cheque for a grand total of £256 which was raised from the charity cycle.

15: West Big Night Out, Beith Community Centre. The team was made from members throughout D&G clubs with Machars participants being Libby Templeton and Bobby Landers. Team Dumfries and Galloway were victorious on the night taking home the trophy.

16: Quiz and donation to Whauphill Community Association. A total of five teams took part with the winning team of “Dry Spell Bell”. Quiz made by Leona Wallace and Colin Ferguson. A donation of £256 was made to Whauphill Community Association which was raised by the charity cycle.

22: D&G beef cattle dressing, Barholm Mains, Creetown, by kind permission of the Oxley family. Judges James Forsyth and June Hyslop. Machars team was Bobby Landers – clipping, and Robert Templeton – holder. They came first on the day and went onto West area competition.

23: D&G Agriskills, Gordons, Dumfries. Machars achieved second place with a team of Bob Stead, Simon McCornick and Adam Vance. This put them through to national competion in November at Ingliston.

30: West beef cattle dressing, Ayr Mart. Machars team of Bobby Landers and Robert Templeton made the trip up and received fourth prize on the day.


3: Sheep dressing demo, Carslae Farm, Wigtown. With coach Jock McMillan.

5: D&G member of the year, quiz, Mr & Miss YF and dance at Urr Valley, Castle Douglas. Machars representatives for Mr & Miss and Member were Bobby Landers, Hannah Burns and Libby Templeton. Bobby came away with first Mr YF and second Member of the Year, Hannah acheived first Miss YF and Member of the Year with Libby coming away with second place Miss YF. All three members go through to West Mr & Miss in Campbeltown. Hannah goes through to Member of the Year in February in Orkney.

7: West five-a-side football at Hamilton. The team comprised Bobby Landers, James Wallace, William Service, Willem McKie and Mark McCornick.

8: Committee meeting which included a cheque presentation to Mrs Shona Moses in memory of her late husband Laren Moses to Macmillan Nurses and the Alexandria Unit for £200 each.

10: Wigtownshire curling. The two Machars rinks were made up of Rachel Mills, Lynn, Kirsty and Willa Wilson, Robert Templeton, Adam Simpson, Colin Ferguson and Robbie McGown. Stranraer and Rhins were victorious in both games.

13: D&G sheep dressing. Howgilside, Eaglesfield. The Machars team was made up of Robert Templeton and William McMillan and were placed joint third overall.

21: Clay pigeon shooting, Glenluce. Those eager who took part were William Wykes, Adam Simpson, Neil Galloway, Stewart McAllister and Colin Ferguson.

27: West Mr & Miss YF & Quiz. Campbeltown. Those competing from Machars were Bobby Landers, Libby Templeton and Hannah Burns. The girls were unfortunately unplaced on the night but Bobby received third Mr YF.

31: Go-karting, E-motion, Ayr. A slightly smaller turn out than expected due to other commitments resulted in 1. Simon McCornick, 2. Neil Galloway, 3. Kyle Hurst.


4: D&G Speechmaking, Crossmichael Hall. Juniors commenced at 1pm with four teams competing. Machars Red were successful and took away the D&G Junior Speechmaking trophy for the second year, this team comprised of chairman Katie Landers, speaker Caera Morton, vote of thanks Eilidh Parker, speaking on a topic of “Your country needs you!”. Machars Blue also had a well deserved third prize from chairman Morag MacDonald, speaker Katie Marr, vote of thanks Alistair Birse, speaking on their topic of “An age old problem”. Morag also walked away with best chairman outwith the winning team. Both teams ventured through to West to represent the club and district. Senior speechmaking kicked off at 4pm with a total of six teams competing. Machars Ying were announced victorious, taking with them the D&G Senior Speechmaking trophy. This team was chairman Leona Wallace, panel members Colin Ferguson, John Howatson and Caera Morton. Machars Yang was placed a commendable third with chairman Hannah Burns, panel members Libby Templeton, Bobby Landers and Tom Bell. As above, both teams are through to West to represent the club and the district and defend Machars title in February.

9-11: Club exchange to Campbeltown YFC. A good turn-out of members made the journey over for a very eventful weekend.

14: Wigtownshire curling. Stranraer and Rhins again won both games.

15: D&G Go-karting, E-motion Ayr. A team of Simon & Robbie McCornick, Neil Galloway and Lynn Wilson came away victorious at this competition.

18: D&G Curling. Machars A (Robert Templeton, Tom Bell, Neil Galloway and Kirsty Wilson) were drawn against Annandale and won their game. This took them through against Stranraer & Rhins A who they also beat and were finally up against Stranraer & Rhins B where they came a credible second overall. Machars B (Graeme Penrose, Colin Ferguson, Libby Templeton and Bobby Landers) were up against Stranraer & Rhins A who unfortunately knocked them out of the first round.

24: National Agriskills, took place at Ingliston. Machars team was Simon McCornick, Adam Vance and Bob Stead, who were unplaced on the day.

30: D&G St Andrews Ceilidh, McMillan Hall, Newton Stewart. A large attendance was had with all clubs in D&G bringing members through for a very enjoyable evening with a Burns-style supper. Speeches were provided from Leona Wallace and Allan Dunlop and followed on by ceilidh dancing into the wee small hours.


1: West Junior Speechmaking, Stewarton. Machars teams were the same as at D&G. The team of Caera, Katie L and Eilidh walked away with second place only two-thirds of a point behind Kilmaurs. Caera Morton also received best speaker outwith the winning team, as did Eilidh Parker achieve best vote of thanks outwith the winning team. This took them through to the National final on December 15. The team of Alistair, Katie M and Morag were unluckily not placed on the day but held a very high standard.

15: National Junior Speech­making, YF Centre, Ingliston. The team of Caera Morton, Katie Landers and Eilidh Parker returned to where they received third place last year to see what was possible this time around. The girls were victorious with first place ahead of nine other teams from throughout Scotland in a very tightly fought competition.

24: Christmas Eve pub quiz, Whaup Pub, with the Whauphill Community Association. A huge turn-out quickly filled the space and a great night was had by all.

28: Winter Ball, Monrieth Arms, Port William. Another well attended dance to end the year on a high.

Things to come in the year ahead are: Wigtownshire concert, February 14 and 15; Machars Dinner Dance, March 9; Machars AGM, March 10; D&G Talent Spot, March 16; and, finally, the resurrection of Machars YFC Root Show in October!

For more club related info please feel free to contact club secretary Libby Templeton on 07785786155.