The work of the Island’s best young farmers was celebrated at a stock judging competition hosted by
Isle of Man Meats, the supplier of locally produced beef, lamb and pork sold both on and off-Island.
The competition was judged by Phil Woodfield from Northgate Foods in the UK who has a lifetime of
experience in the industry. Held at the Meat Plant in Tromode, the event attracted around 40 guests
and allowed the young farmers to see the finished products which their hard work had helped to
Competitors came from each of the four regional Isle of Man Young Farmers clubs – Northern,
Eastern, Southern and Central. The JHL Cowley Cup for Valuation was won by Isla Quayle, aged 20,
(Eastern), second was Lee Quayle, aged 18 (Eastern), and third Michael Osborne, aged 26,
(Central). The Marketing Society Cup for the Primestock Show was won by Harvey Coole, aged 13,
(Central), second was Michael Osborne, and third Isla Quayle.
On behalf of the Isle of Man Meats team, Alan Croly thanked everyone who supported the event and
added: “This competition was a great way to celebrate and reward the fantastic skills and knowledge
of the current generation of young farmers. Isle of Man Meats is focused on producing quality
products, and that’s only possible with the support from farmers who share our commitment to quality,
as demonstrated by the excellent standards set in today’s competition.”
All of the winners earned points which go towards the 2019 Best Overall Young Farmer and Lady
Farmer award categories in a year-long competition run by Isle of Man Young Farmers.
Taking part in and judging the competition is a good way to work up an appetite, and fittingly the
guests were treated to delicious food provided by renowned Manx producers, Betty Pie Co.
Isle of Man Young Farmers Federation is the Island’s leading youth movement and is open to those
aged 10 to 36. The organisation allows members to meet new people, participate in activities both
socially and competitively, with the opportunity to travel to events off-Island.