Ploughing Match

Ploughing Match Prizes 2010

Farm Classes

Class 0 – The King George VI Challenge Cup

The supreme challenge cup competed for by the winners of classes 1 & 2

Judges: Richard Janoway & John Usher

1stRoyal Farms, Windsor
2ndRandall Farms Ltd

Class 1 – The Maidenhead Advertiser Challenge Cup

For the best farmed farm over 1000 acres

Judges: Michael Brown & Geoff Simms

1stRoyal Farms, WindsorA well presented farm with several enterprises integrated well together. Good use of labour. Impressive implementation of organic farming practices. A very knowledgeable manager with, what seemed to be, total control over even the small aspects of the business.
2ndEmmett BrosA passionate farmer looking at the farm as a whole rather than simply the bottom line. Very impressive blackgrass (!) with a very refreshing attitude towards battling it. Sound conservation principles and good all round business ideas.
3rdDavid Philp & PartnersAn enthusiastic farmer making the most of the opportunities he has. Good soil management through use of alternative fertiliser/organic matter sources. Sound business sense with regard to building use and planning.

Class 2 – The Lord Astor’s Challenge Cup

For the best farmed farm under 1000 acres

Judges: David Canty & Rob Mintern

1stRandall Farms LtdA tidy well run and managed farm. Capital assets are being utilised well for both in hand and diversification enterprises with active plans in place to renovate others as cash flow and opportunities allow. The farm was clean and tidy throughout – which can be difficult when let out to tenants, the crops were even, clean and healthy.
Conservation is clearly important from the amount of land taken out of production for ELS and additional schemes. Plans to enter HLS by incorporating buildings was seen as a positive use of public funds and the protection of a heritage building.
Succession has been thought through with the next generation included as a director and other factors are being considered and discussed with the appropriate professionals.
2ndJ&S WhitbyA well run business with a variety of separate diversification enterprises all being run well and profitably. This adds to the appeal of the farm and strengthens the case for more funding for training and school visits; a clear interest of Mr Whitby. There has been some good use of grants to facilitate additional buildings for new projects that will benefit existing enterprises. The dairy herd looked well and provide a rounded mixed farm enterprise. Conservation plays its role on the farm with HLS being entered into on a primarily educational basis.
Succession considered but it was understood that the next generation is still young and undecided on their futures.
3rdPortman Burtley EstateThis farm has clearly been improved over the last few years. The animals are of very high quality producing a value added product. There were several options being looked at for increasing the output of the herd through diversification plans and different market places and strategies. There are a number of other diversification opportunities in the pipeline to make further use of existing assets. The service station was certainly unique and showed the benefits of location. Conservation is important to the business and could be seen from environmental strips around the farm. Further potential lies with grazing stock on trust land. There is a requirement for developments in the housing and improved attention to detail in the winter housing area.

Class 3 – Richard Simmonds Diversification Award 2010

For the best diversified project not necessarily related to main stream agriculture

Judges: Geoffrey Adams & Roger Seed

“Roger Seed and I would like to thank the Royal East Berks Agricultural Association very much for the invitation to judge the competition. It was an extremely interesting and enjoyable day.
The range and scale of the different entrants made judging a challenge. The management of all enterprises was first class. We used a score sheet to make our assessments as objective as possible and a copy is attached. Please send to entrants if you think it worthwhile as it shows the parameters we used.”

1stJ Rayner & Sons for the shootWe were particularly impressed with the way in which two business problems – pest control and trespass/vandalism had been made into an opportunity. Colin has harnessed 180 shooters to pay his business to, in effect, control pests and provide information on any nefarious activities on his farms. The detail and thought that went into the design and operation of this innovative project in a heavily populated area was first class.
2ndMichael Craig for his premises salting businessAgain it was innovative, fairly low cost, made a substantial contribution to the family income and presented out of season employment opportunities for farm staff.
3rdRachel and Phil Archer for their polo pony facilitiesTRachel and Philip have developed a Polo Pony stabling business that takes advantage of the location and Philip’s expertise and provides a substantial and important contribution to family income.

Farm diversification competition 2010

Judges score sheet

Entrant………………………………………………….

Item Max.
Score
Site
Score
1.Initial impact5 
2.Reasons for diversification8 
3.Appropriateness of enterprise to location8 
4.Appropriateness of enterprise to personnel available8 
5.Design sympathetic to environment5 
6.Design appropriate to enterprise5 
7.Standard of management – finish of premises5 
8.Standard of management – staff training and development8 
9.Standard of produce/service in relation to the intended market8 
10.Community benefits – employment5 
11.Community benefits – wider community5 
12.Community benefits – provision of local produce4 
13.Contribution to family business finances10 
14.Plans for future development – a vision5 
15.Preparedness for changing circumstances8 
16.Plans for inheritance3 
 TOTAL100 

Bonus points awarded for innovation. Points deducted if relevant regulations, in judges opinion, not thought to be met.

Class 4 – Duke of Edinburgh Award for Nature Conservation

For responsible farming coupled with care for the countryside

Judge: Marek Nowakowski

“I enjoyed my day which ended with a well received supper so many thanks for that. Just an idea but if there is a group members with an environmental interest then I would be happy to give them a day at Jealott’s Hill where we could have an environmental day. I do a lot of work with Syngenta and I think, subject to support from Innes McEwen, we could have an interesting work shop type day. See what Innes and others think.”

Judging.
It is always difficult to compare different farms in this type of situation as size, money, opportunity, aspect etc all come into it. It was not possible to see all that was on offer in one hour so some guestimates had to be made. Congratulations to all for having a go and it goes without saying that environmental issues are climbing the agricultural agenda so this is an important category.

1stRandall FarmsI saw a good range of habitats that blended well with a well run farm. Pride and achievement were both very evident and it was a good model for others. Perhaps delay the mowing till 2nd half of June which is safer for wildlife.
2ndEmmett Bros.A lot of thought and commitment has gone into the farm and its wildlife. Woodland and hedge management were a speciality. There were arable habitats but not enough time to see them properly.
3rdPortman Burtley EstateWe had only time for a 30 min whiz round but I was impressed with the enthusiasm Andrew displayed. Pollen and Nectar were well planned and I felt that this estate had a developing potential and an obvious environmental determination.

I would also like to commend Copas Farms for their commitment to environmental educational. This estate has done a great job down by the river but due to public pressure has not introduced habitats into the arable land which was what I was looking for as a judge.

Class 5 – Dick Wilder Award

1stRandall FarmsAn excellent piece of drilling, well done.
2ndCopas FarmsAnother well drilled field, overlap between bouts just right and although it was difficult to see the coulter lines, the overall look was very pleasing.
3rdRayner & SonsExcellent piece of drilling again, overlap between bouts set perhaps just a bit to minimal in places still a very pleasing field to see.

Class 6 – Drilling Award

1stMark / Ross Pottingerfor the conversion of bale wrapper into a double system.
2ndJ Rayner & Sonsheavy duty security folding arm (lockable) for ARV quad bike.
3rdRoyal Farms (Windsor)manufacture of transport box for moving piglets around.

Crops

Class 7 – S.W. Philp Challenge Bowl

For the best field of Winter Wheat

Judge: Ben Giles

1stRoyal Farms, WindsorA really excellent field of Oakley that looked fantastic from both the roadside but especially when walked through – clean of grass and broad-leaved weeds, disease free (a difficult task with Oakley, even this season), well tillered with a good head count / m2. Also very impressive was the management of the field edges – very little if any encroachment of grasses from the margins into the crop.
Also of note is the impressive repair to soil structure after the gas pipeline was laid through the field – you could not distinguish the path of the pipe.
2ndRandall Farms LtdLovely crop of Cordiale with good head count / m2. Sensible levels of fungicide inputs in a low disease year and a robust grass weed programme that has taken out the vast majority of any problems that have occurred. I was impressed with the crop stand (tillering) in this field, this season considering the soil type was not as heavy as on some of the other farms I visited.
3rdWilliam Emmett, Emmett BrosTrust William to enter a 55ha field but he chose well! A well managed and good looking crop of Solstice again with sensible levels of inputs from seed through to crop protection. The all important timing of inputs also look to be on the optimum dates for crops in 2010. I was impressed with the weed control in this field considering the problems I know William faces elsewhere on the farm. Also looking good was the quantity and timings of fertilizer applications to what will hopefully be a high yielding crop of milling WW.

Class 8 – Henry Denny & Son Challenge Bowl

For the best field of Winter Barley

Judge: Andrew Cowan

It was a very interesting day on Monday and I can say truthfully that I visited some of the best farmers in the region given the caliber of the crops I was judging and the attention to detail paid by some. With few exceptions and hopefully ‘normal weather’ from now until harvest there should be some good yields if the crops I looked at are indicative of the rest. Difficult choices amongst the rape with high input, medium input and low input systems to choose from. I have taken inputs into consideration but have not judged solely on potential economic return. And so my choices:

1stRinder BrothersA crop of Saffron with a bold berry to it and although there was a little Rynchosporium present it was low down the plant and not widespread. The crop was clean of weed.
2ndJ Rayner & SonsA crop of Carat on lighter ground so was suffering a bit more from the dry. There was a good bit of brome present despite ploughing which did spoil the appearance somewhat although confined mostly to headlands.

Class 9 – E T Biggs Challenge Cup

For the best field of Winter Oilseed Rape

Judge: Andrew Cowan

Quite difficult to choose the top three but going on potential yield, overall appearance and cleanliness I place :

1stJ Rayner and Sons: ExpertThe Rayner Rape was even across the field and well branched. Pods were well formed with little pod loss through abortion or midge. Yield potential good.
2ndRandall Farms Ltd: ExpertRandall rape was a close second with very little pod loss and good branching. Yield potential good.
3rdEmmett Brothers: CabernetEmmett Brothers Cabernet was again an even crop but had slightly more pod abortion than the top two. Having said that the yield potential is good.

Class 10 – The NFU Cup

For the best field of Spring Barley or Spring Wheat

Judges: Michael Raynor & James Strang

1stDavid Philp & Partners (Spring Wheat)An excellent crop which will perform very well if the weather behaves!
2ndRoyal Farms, Windsor (Spring Barley)A very nice even crop with great potential, though we don’t envy the combine man amongst the trees!
3rdHutt & Partners (Spring Barley)A nice bit of barley, unfortunately beginning to show some stress.

Class 11 – The Knight Frank & Rutley Challenge Cup

For the best field of Oats

Judges: Michael Raynor & James Strang

1stRoyal Farms (Winter Oats)A great crop despite upsetting HRH with the wiggly tramlines she looks out on every day!
2ndShottesbrooke (Winter Oats)A strong crop but with a smattering of volunteer wheat.
3rdFairacre Farms (Spring Oats)A useful crop and excellent black grass control.

Class 12 – The Patullo Higgs Challenge Cup

For the best field of a spring sown break crop

Judges: Michael Raynor & James Strang

1stShottesbrooke (Spring Beans)A good clean crop with excellent podding.
2ndRoyal Farms, Windsor (Winter Beans)A nice crop with a slightly high population.
3rdEmmett Bros (Spring Peas)A good plant population under the prevailing weather conditions.

Class 13 – Nat West Salver

Best Field of Maize

1stRoyal Farms
2ndJ & S Whitby
3rdGiles Philp & Partners

Livestock

Dairy Judging

Class 14 – Shottesbrooke Challenge Cup

Best Dairy Herd

1stHaines Hill
2ndRoyal Farms
3rdSyngenta

Class 15 – Thimbleby & Shorland Cup

Best Dairy Herd other than Holstein

1stRoyal Farms

Class 16 – Field Challenge Cup

Best Dairy Youngstock

1stSyngenta

Beef Judging

Class 17 – R H Muir Challenge Cup

Best Beef Bull

1stDonald Dawes
2ndRoyal Farms
3rdPortman Burtley

Class 18 – Dalgety Challenge Cup

Best suckler herd

1stPortman Burtley
2ndRoyal Farms
3rdDonald Dawes

Class 19 – G Copas Challenge Cup

Best commercial beef enterprise

1stGiles Philp
2ndRinder Farms
3rdMalcolm Burfitt

Class 20 – Beef Stockman Prize

1stPortman Burtley

Sheep Judging

Class 21 – F R Cartman Challenge Cup

Best commercial sheep

1stGerald Lavinge
2ndMichael Craig
3rdMalcolm Burfitt

Class 22 – Sheep Stockmanship Prize

1stGerald Lavinge

 

Domestic Classes

Class 32 – Fairy Cakes

1stGeorge Copas
2ndLaura Copas

Class 33 – Flower arrangement

1stLaura Copas

Corn Classes

Class 36 – Best Class 1 Wheat

1stFairacres Farm
2ndRandall Farms
3rdRayner Farms

Class 37 – Best Class 2 Wheat

1stEmmett Bros
2ndRandall Farms
3rdRayner Farms

Class 38 – Feed Wheat

1stR Hutt & Partners
2ndFairacres Farm
3rdRinder Farms

Class 39 – Oats

1stRandall Farms
2ndFairacres Farm
3rdEmmett Bros

Class 40 – Feed Barley

1stRayner Farms
2ndRinder Farms

Class 41 – Malting Barley

1stRayner Farms
2ndR Hutt & Partners

Class 42 – OSR

1stFairacres Farm
2ndRandall Farms
3rdCopas Farms

Class 43 – Beans & Peas

1stEmmett Bros
2ndRinder Farms
3rdShottesbrooke Farm

Class 44 – Castlemans Challenge Cup

Best bale of hay

1stRinder Farms

Class 45 – Queen Challenge Cup

Best Feed Straw

1stRinder Farms

A J BUCKNELL CHALLENGE CUP – Best overall Wheat

Fairacres Farm

HOLYPORT CHALLENGE CUP – Best overall Barley

Rayner Farms

Gardens

Class 81 – TUDOR CHALLENGE CUP For the BEST GARDEN

Open to all members

1stHelen Emmett
2ndThelma Copas
3rdWilliam Emmett

Class 82 – BARGE FARM CUP For the BEST COTTAGE GARDEN

Open to all employees of members

1stAlan Boyd
2ndPeter Shaw
3rdMargaret Ewers

Class 92 – LONG SERVICE AWARDS

Andrew ShurleyPhilip Mortimer Farm
Graham WalkerPhilip Mortimer Farm

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