City of Derry Young Farmers' Club summer time madness

The Stock at the Docks event is over for another year, and what a great success.

Friday, 13th July 2018, 10:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 6:45 pm
Colin Mitchell and Gareth Kee catching up whilst the children are having fun

Recently, 350 people came together at Lisahally Market, Londonderry, on Friday, June 29th to take part in the City of Derry YFC Stock at the Docks event.

The aim of the event, was to provide an evening where the entire community, but particularly those from the local rural area could come together and celebrate the rural way of life.

As a result, the main attraction was a stock judging event where those present had an opportunity to judge sheep, beef and dairy cattle on the basis of their production potential.

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Say cheese: Joanne Killen with four year old daughter Olivia Killen and Wendy Canning

Thanks goes to David Devine, Gordon Crockett and Robert and Steen Lowry for bringing along their livestock for the public and community to judge.

Well done to the stockjudging winners; Overall over 18 - Sharon Kee and Under 18 - Jack Killen.

A number of trade stands were also in attendance: Drumahoe Veterinary Clinic, Eakin Bros Ltd, NFU Mutual, Fane Valley Stores, D and M Farm Services, Allen Connell Machinery and Lawrence Deehan from LCD Driving Academy.

City of Derry YFC would like to thank these businesses for coming along to add to the atmosphere of the evening.

D and M Farm Services Ltd trade stand with salesman David and club members Lynne Montgomery and Curtis Nutt

The club could not recommend Kidz Farm and Cromore Castles, Portstewart enough for their fantastic entertainment.

This year the YFCU president’s theme is ‘Embrace Change’, for City of Derry YFC to embrace change they decided to raffle a wheelbarrow with a wide variety of items/products included.

Congratulations go to Les Snodgrass who was the lucky winner.

The event finished with an auction in aid of Foyle Hospice. The total will be announced over the next few weeks.

Members Ryan Kelly and Matthew McCorkell helping at the City of Derry YFC stand

The club would like to extend their thanks to those who provided prizes for auction and to Richard Beattie who provided the use of the premises and provided his services as an auctioneer for the evening.

Thanks to all family, friends and supporters of the club who came along to make it such a success.

Last but not least special thanks to the club’s hardworking and dedicated members who helped before, during and after the event as it wouldn’t have been possible without them.

Hamilton boys with their new pup
Lynne Montgomery facing fear with a snake and tarantula from Kidz Farm
You have 'goat to be kidding me'
NFU Mutual stand we have Laura and Brian
Club member Julie Irwin and husband Kyle Irwin spectating the farming and rural life
Club members Harry White and Craig Foster attending Stock at the Docks
Bouncy castle fun
Archie McNeely enjoying holding the snake from Kidz Farm
Presentation of hamper: Gordon Crockett, club leader, Lynne Montgomery, club secretary, with Les Snodgrass and his children accepting his hamper
Lynne Montgomery, club secretary, with auctioneer Richard Beattie
Members of the public enjoying refreshments
Judith Foster and Anne McCorkell before the madness began
Chefs preparing the burgers: Lewis Crockett, Margaret Crockett and Patricia McCollum
Jemma Gamble, club member, serving strawberries and ice cream
Allen Connell Machinery trade stand we have Allen Connell with his two children, Annie and Henry enjoying the sunshine
Overall over 18 stockjudging winner Sharon Kee with Gordon Crockett, club leader, Lynne Montgomery, club secretary, and a representative from Fane Valley, Claudy, donating Fane Valley vouchers