Scots Gap Mart was the venue for Cambo Young Farmers Club’s charity stockjudging night, the first event of its kind to be staged at the Hexham and Northern Marts premises, and run in aid of the Bubble Foundation and club funds.
The event would not have been possible without the support of sponsors Alnorthumbria Vets, Andrew Frost Farm Services (Wooler), Harbro Livestock Nutrition and Northumberland National Park, as well as a number of other local businesses.
Ten great classes of livestock were presented before master judge Michael Aynsley, of The Lee Farm, Longhorsley, and his expertise was in evidence as he worked effortlessly to place each class in his chosen order.
With a crowd of more than 200 in attendance, a great night’s entertainment was enjoyed by all.
It included a Guess the Weight competition for which four Charolais cross bullocks had been weighed at a total of 2,752k, resulting in a female three-way tie before Kate Foley of Mirlaw House, Capheaton, won with her final guess at 2,748kg.
The very best of both sheep and cattle had been kindly loaned from some of the area’s best stock producers as well as a mystery class, the subject of which was unveiled when four energetic foxhounds were brought into the ring by huntsman Sandy Wilson from the local Morpeth Hunt.
With the arduous task of scoring falling to mothers and ex-members of Cambo YFC, they had to work swiftly to announce the winners from a possible total score of 500 points.
Open Class - 1st, Kevin Ridley, 465pts. 2nd, Kevin Robson, 459pts. 3rd, David Johnson, 437pts.
Ladies Class - 1st, Caroline Hunter and Sarah Walton (jointly 433pts). 2nd, Catherine Robson (430pts). 3rd, Ursula Johnson (400pts).
YFC Class - 1st, Joshua White (461pts). 2nd, Archie Singer (448pts). 3rd, Dan Oliver (433pts).
Junior Class - 1st, Pippa Hunter (434pts). 2nd, Robbie Herdman (428pts). 3rd Craig Bertram and Lewis Hunter (411pts).
Hexham and Northern Marts and Cambo YFC would like to thank all those involved with the event .
More than £500 was raised for the Bubble Foundation, supported by The Journal and aiming to improve the lives of sick children.