Silage Judge Andrew Bayliss – winners announced

Andrew Bayliss of Newton of Millfield Farm & Starburst Herefords & Shorthorns,  after consistent wins in the Norgrass Silage competiiton, took his turn as judge for the North-East of Scotland for the 2011.

There were 32 entries from Black Isle to Kincardineshire. Two days of extensive on farm visits, several miles, and cups of coffee later, and the winners were finally announced.

Pit Silage Winner: was Mr. Michael Martin, Garguston, Muir of Ord, Ross-shire: Runner up: Anne & William Willis, Glasgoforest, inellar, Aberdeen, Best New Entrant: Mr. David Finlay, Elsick Estate, Newtonhill, Stonehaven.

Bale Silage Winner:  W & F Webster, Loanhead, Cornhill, Banff. Runner up: G & A Whitelaw, Greenmyre, Oldmeldrum,   Best New Entrant: Mr. K. Marshall, East Bogheadly, Rickerton, Stonehaven.

Young Farmer  winner: Mr. Eric Sim, Rorandle, Monymusk, Inverurie.  Andrew commented on the excellent quality of silage in the total area and that the competition was often very close between the competitors.

Norgrass Bale Silage Winner 2011

Andrew Bayliss won the Norgrass Bale silage competition for 2011 for the North East of Scotland at his organic farm at Newton of Millfield Farm near Turriff, Aberdeenshire.

He  was runner up in 2010 and won it in 2009.

The consistent top standings of good quality silage resulted in a centerfold feature article Grass/Silage supplement, pages 8 and 9 by Patsy Hunter in the March 12, 2011 edition of The Scottish Farmer.

This top quality silage is used on farm as feed for  the organic Shorthorn cross commercial cattle and the organic Pedigree Herefords currently being raised on the Bayliss farm.