The Melplash Agricultural Society’s Farms competition takes place annually to give local farmers a chance to gain recognition for their good husbandry and dedication to looking after the countryside.
There are three categories – Small (up to 300 acres), Mixed Large and Large Dairy. Each category is judged by a team of judges who assess the overall management of the farm. They look at the profitability, the farming system, the crops, the livestock, etc. Special awards in each category are given for conservation and environmental practises and for the best ley.
“On behalf of the Society, I would like to thank all the farmers for taking the time to enter this year’s competition. It was very pleasing to see a number of new farms entering … I know it is a busy time for you all.” said Section Chairman, Robert Bowditch, “Our grateful thanks must also go to the judges for their time, dedication and support of this event”.
Prize winners will receive their awards in the Toolstation Main Ring at the Melplash Show on 27th August.
SMALL FARMS under 300 acres
Judges: Mr Ralph Messenger and Mr Ed Dorey
1ST Mr Kevin Goodfellow, Higher Silkhay Farm – Winner of The R M Gillingham Memorial Perpetual Challenge Cup
2nd Mr Ed Marsh, Powerstock Mill
3rd Mr & Mrs D Stover, Lower Brimley Coombe Farm
Best Ley: Mr Kevin Goodfellow, Higher Silkhay Farm
Best Environmental: Mr and Mrs D Stover, Lower Brimley Coombe Farm – Winner of the Kitson & Trotman Perpetual Cup
LARGE MIXED FARMS
1st Stephen Raymond, Childhay Organic Dairies – Winner of The Burrough Perpetual Challenge Cup
2nd Mr N Bragg, Frogmary Green Farm
3rd R J Maltby & Sons, Long Barrow Farm
Best Ley: Stephen Raymond, Childhay Organic Dairies
Best Environmental: Mr N Bragg, Frogmary Green Farm – Winner of the Kitson & Trotman Perpetual Cup
Judge: Mr Mike Watkins and Mr David Cobb
LARGE DAIRY FARMS
Judges: Mr Bruce Gutherie and Mr Edwin Messenger
1ST R E Bugler & Partners, Pilsdon Dairy Farm – Winner of The Sir David Williams, Bart Memorial Perpetual Challenge cup
2nd Will Frost, Forde Grange Dairy
3rd Mark Ward, Evershot Farms in Abbotsbury
Best Ley: RB Bowditch & Sons, North Bowood Farm
Best Environmental: RB Bowditch & Sons, North Bowood Farm Winner of the Kitson & Trotman Perpetual Cup