Winter feed prizewinners;
L to R: Reece Cleland (Annavale Station) - Ravensdown Plate, 
Paul Cockburn - Redfern Supreme Cup, 
Gavin Wilson - Pasture Cup. Absent: Rod May - R&D Scott Direct Drill Trophy.

Winterfeed Competition

15.06.2018

The Malvern and Courtenay A & P Associations 2018 combined Winter Feed Competition was held on June 6th and 7th with 66 paddocks judged over a wide area, from Rolleston to the Avoca.

“Entry numbers were nearly double on the last few years which was great for the competition,” said Guy Bassett, one of the event’s organisers.

The competition was judged by Mark Kearney (Agricom) and Peter Abrahamson (farmer at Darfield), with stewards Guy Bassett and Brent Chamberlain (Malvern A & P), along with Ashley Seaton (Courtenay A & P). Glen Campbell (Ravensdown), Calvin Bracken (Sustainable Soils) and Mark Shand (Ballance) also helped with collecting the samples.

The prizegiving and dinner was once again held at the Coalgate Tavern, with generous prizes from the sponsors.

Class winners this year were:

DRYLAND KALE

1: Rod May

2: Doug Catherwood

3: Glen Peddie

IRRIGATED KALE

1: Clayton Yaxley

2: Don Adams

3: Searle Brothers

FOOD BEET

1: P&E Ltd

2: Stu Pankhurst

3: P&E Ltd

RAPE

1: Paul Cockburn

2: Cameron Adams

3: Rod May

AUTUMN SAVED PASTURE

1: Gavin & Tim Wilson

2: Dave Stokes

3: Graham Marshall

SWEDES

1: Annavale

2: Brooksdale

3: Flock Hill

MIXED FEED

Charlie Draper

 GREENFEED OATS

1: Seaton Farming

2: Doug Catherwood

3: Murray Taylor.

The Pasture Cup was won by Gavin & Tim Wilson for the third year running, and the R & D Scott Trophy for best Direct Drilled Crop was won by Rod May for a paddock of kale. This year a trophy for a Focus Crop was introduced. Brent Chamberlain who presented the Ravensdown Plate on behalf of Ravensdown to the 2018 winner of the swede section, Annavale Station, also announced that the focus crop for 2019 is to be Autumn Saved Pasture.

The Redfern Memorial Trophy, which is given to the overall best winter feed crop, was won by Paul Cockburn for his paddock of rape and was presented by Peter Redfern.  The judges commented that it was a particularly outstanding crop, which had a lack of weeds and was tall and even. Paul commented that he had been entering the competition for a number of years and while he had won sections in the past, the Supreme trophy had been elusive, until this year.