Highland Rally Results 2024

Highland Rally Results 2024


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Bower Young Farmers Take Home Top Prize

A great day was had by all for the 2024 Highland Rally on Saturday 25th May. Members enjoyed being together once again for a full day of rally fun! The event was hosted by Caithness District and held at Caithness Livestock Centre by kind permission of Aberdeen and Northern Marts with NFU Mutual joining the event as main sponsors once again. ABP Food Group and GG Mackay Buldoo also kindly sponsored towards the rally.

Lynn Sinclair from the NFU kindly came along to present the prizes.

The Hamilton Auction Mart Trophy is awarded annually to the overall top placed club at the Highland Rally, this years’ winners, were Bower YFC with 95 points, 2nd place was won by Forss YFC with 75 points and Third place went to Halkirk with 55 points.

The day started with an impressive array of baking, handicrafts and team entries in the industrial section.  Bower won the Nan Howie Silver Salver for most points in Baking with 49 points, second was Halkirk YFC with 40 points and Third Equal was Inver Ross and Forss with 35 points.  The Press & Journal Rose Bowl for club with the most points, in the Industrial Section was also won by Bower YFC with 54 points, 2nd place was Forss YF with 52.5 points and 3rd was Halkirk with 42 points.

The Stockjudging took place in the morning with over 150 members from each of the 6 competing clubs taking part, which was kindly sponsored by ABP. The first placed team, winning the Farming News Trophy was Forss A, Bethany Swanson, James Swansons and Will Oag with 677 points, in second place was Bower A, Alistair McCarthy, Jak Murray and William Campbell with 633 points and in third with 632 points Bower B John Forbes, Abbie Gunn and Lauren Oag. The best individual and winning the Day Challenge Cup was Forss member Bethany Swanson with 247 points. In the junior section first went to Bethany Swanson Forss, 2nd to Luke Taylor from Forss with 241 points and third, Alec Cormack from Bower with 232 points.

The Practical competitions included; Fault finding, with the machine kindly provided by R Henderson Mechanical and welding Services, Watten. Identification of feeds and weeds, kindly provided by Ranald Angus, Barrogill Mains, welding, which was kindly sponsored and ran by M Mackay Engineering Services, Construction of planter, kindly sponsored by Hamish Coghill and Rembrand, haltering making, with the rope kindly provided by Caithness Livestock Breeders and a quiz. The overall winners for the practical section were Bower YF with 28 points, in second place was Inver Ross YF with 23 points and in third was Halkirk with 22 points.

The sports took place in the afternoon, where members competed in boys 5-a-side football, girls 5-a-side football, mixed netball, tossing the sheaf, Tug of War and an obstacle race. The overall winners for the sports section were Bower YFC with 52 points, 2nd place was Forss with 42.5 points and in 3rd was Inver Ross YFC with 37 points.

Robbie Levack of Forss Young Farmers also scooped the Highland Area Young Farmer of the Year title, with Eilish Johnston of Nairn a close second followed by Ryan Luckhurst of Inver Ross YF coming third. Robbie will now go forward to the National Competition, in which has a chance of winning a brand-new ATV, Kindly donated by ATV Services.

Rally Convenor John Swanson commented ‘It was great to see so many members coming along on the day, great to see everyone enjoying the event.

L:R Lynn Sinclair from NFU Presents Robbie Levack with Young Farmer of the Year 1st Place Certificate

1st Place Stockjudging team Forss YF – Will Oag, Bethany Swanson, James Swanson

1st Place Individual Stockjudging – Bethany Swanson Forss

1st Place Junior Stockjudging Bethany Swanson Forss

1st Place Nan Howie Silver Salver Bower – L:R Isla Mackay, Adelle Swanson, and Sophie Gunn

1st Place P &J Rose Bowl – L:R Isla Mackay, Adelle Swanson, Sophie Gunn (Bower)

1st Sports – Bower – Jak Murray

Overall Rally Winners 2024 – Bower YF