Competitions


FBD Farm Skills

Closing Date: 07/Jun/2018

Final: Tullamore Show 2017

Purpose: This competition is designed to help young farmers develop the skills required in modern farming. It also aims to create a greater awareness of farm safety.

 

Rules

Team Size

Teams must consist of three members from the same club.

Entries

Counties/regions can enter one club to  the national rounds.

Eligibility

All team members must be 17 years of age or over and under 35 years on November 1.

All members of a county winning/representative team can enter the following year's competition.

National winners are ineligible to compete for two years.  A maximum of one previous national winner can be on a team at any one time.

Format

At inter-club rounds of the competition, counties will decide themselves what skills will apply.  At inter-county rounds the following will apply:

Tractor Teamwork (Task 1)

Farming knowledge – written team quiz (Task 2)

Stock-Proof Fencing/Gate Hanging (Task 3)

Safety competition – A safety competition will be incorporated into all of the above tasks, and a special award will be given to the team that scores the highest safety marks in the national final.

Task 1: Tractor Teamwork

Team member A using tractor 2 takes two round bales from X and places them at Y on two pallets using a bale handler on the rear.

Team member B using tractor 1 reverses the roller through the course to X and unhooks it from the tractor. Team member B then takes one pallet and bale from Y and places it on a raised platform at Z.

Team member B then places the tractor in the parked position and team member C places the remaining bale and pallet on the remaining platform. Member C then places the tractor in the parked position. Meanwhile, team member A has removed the bale handler and attached tractor 2 to the roller. Member A then drives through the course and places the tractor in the parked position. Team member A with tractor 1 then removes both pallets and bales from Z to Y. The bales are then removed from the pallets manually. During this time, team member C has reversed the roller through the course to X where it is unhooked and the bale handler put back on to tractor 2. The team then returns all bales to their original position at X. Team member B using tractor 1 finally hooks to the roller and all tractors and machines are returned to their original positions.

Time Bonus: Teams will be given 120 marks at the beginning of Task 1 and will lose three marks per half minute used or part thereof.

Task 2 – Farming Knowledge - written team quiz

Competitors will be required to answer 30 questions. Each team will sit together and answer on one answer sheet.

This will happen for both the national semi-final and final.

Questions will be evenly divided among the following subjects:  farm management; farm safety; crop management; machinery management; animal husbandry; and general farm issues.

Teams will have 30 minutes to complete this task.

Task 3 – Stock-proof Fence/Steel Gate

Teams are required to manually erect  an approximately 10m-long, L-shaped, stock-proof fence using one 6’’ turner post and two machined 5’’ posts, which will be driven manually by the teams as part of the task. The stock-proof  fence will consist of three strands of high-tensile wire. Teams must form a 90o angle between the two end posts using the third turner post.

Teams must use the gripple method to tension the wire midways between post A and post B. Each strand of wire must be cut and joined using only the wire itself and using a knot suitable for purpose, e.g. a reef or figure of 8 knot, midway between post B and post C. Teams must use three insulating eggs at one end. Teams must use an in situ around post B to make the corner. Teams are free to use a stay, or bed log, if they feel it is required. Teams must hang a 3.65m gate at a 90o angle from the end of the fence and also erect a closing post. Teams have 60 minutes to complete the task.

Time Bonus: Teams will have 60 minutes to complete the fence task with a 25-mark time bonus available. The marks will be awarded as follows:

No marks will be lost for the first 25 minutes.

From 25 minutes to 50 minutes, teams will lose one mark per minute or part thereof.

From 50 minutes to 60 minutes, teams can complete fence and will neither gain or lose time bonus marks available.

The stopwatch will be started at the beginning of the task.

Chainsaws and Power Tools:

No chainsaws or angle grinders will be allowed at any stage of the competition. Safety must be adhered to when using other power tools and the appropriate safety gear used with them.

Judges

The judges will judge the competition in communication with each other and their decision is final. 

Result

Final overall placings will be decided on the aggregate placing system. If teams finish level on aggregate placing, the team that finishes highest in the safety competition will be deemed the winner. If teams are still level at this stage then the team with the highest mark in the academic test will be deemed the winner.

Marking System

Task 1: Tractor teamwork:

Loading and Unloading ............ 30 up/30 down

Safety ........................................... 40

Driving and Reversing       ......... 40

Teamwork .................................... 40

Attaching and Removing Implements                 20

Task 2: Farming Knowledge – written team quiz

Academic Test ............................. 30

Task 3: Stock-proof fence/steel gate

Finish, appearance and effectiveness                30

90o Angle ..................................... 10

Gate .............................................. 30

Efficiency and teamwork ............ 20

Safety ........................................... 20

Wire height and spacing ........... 20

Wire tension ................................ 15

Joining wire ................................ 15