The Ulster Farmers’ Union, in partnership with Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend and Asda, are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 ‘Farming through the century’ schools competition.
The competition kindly sponsored by Asda was open to all nursery, primary and special schools across Northern Ireland. Pupils were asked to put their creative skills to the test around the theme, ‘Farming through the century’ with a range of prizes up for grabs. This year, the winning schools will also visit their nearest participating open farm on Friday 15th June to learn more about the ‘farm to fork’ journey.
With over 3,400 entries received, this year’s competition was extremely difficult to judge and select the winners.
“Our objective in the Ulster Farmers’ Union centenary year was to engage with the kids and get them thinking about farming and how it has changed over the past 100 years” said UFU President Ivor Ferguson. “The standard of all the entries make it clear the considerable amount of time and work that both the pupils and teachers put in to this competition and I would like to thank everyone that took part this year,” he said.
Joe McDonald, Asda NI Corporate Affairs Manager commented, “As a proud sponsor of the schools’ competition, it was fantastic to see such a large number of entries this year – with pupils from both urban and rural areas across Northern Ireland submitting their artwork. As a committed supporter of Northern Ireland’s agri-food sector through Asda’s local supply base we are proud to support this competition that encourages an interest and further learning in the farm to fork story.”
The winners of the 2018 ‘Farming through the century’ schools competition is as follows:
Special school: Class 3, Mitchell House
Nursery: Victoria Strange, Straid Primary School
KS1: Conall McGrath, St Joseph’s Primary School, Ederney
KS2: Ella Nicholl, Buick Memorial Primary School
The Runners-up of the 2018 ‘Farming through the century’ schools competition is as follows:
Special School: Ryan Nelson, Hill Croft Special School
Nursery: Ava O’Donnell, Hollybush Primary School
KS1: Primary 6, St. Mary’s Primary School Rathfriland
KS2: Primary 6 & 7, St. Malachy’s Primary School Kilclief