Bale artwork finalists revealed

Strichen JAC created sheep as their bale artwork
Strichen JAC created sheep as their bale artwork

Six straw bale works of art created by Scottish young farmers have been deemed “outstanding in their field” as the finalists in an annual bale art competition.

The national competition, run by the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) and supported by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), welcomed 54 entrants from across the country, with themes including Halloween, Disney characters, tractors, teddy bears and Humpty Dumpty.

Strathbogie created emoji bales

Strathbogie created emoji bales

The finalist clubs are: Strichen JAC (East Aberdeenshire district), Mid Deeside (West Aberdeenshire district), East Mainland (Orkney district), SSS (Clyde and Central district), Avondale (Lanarkshire district), and Strathbogie (Deveron & Speyside district).

This year SAYFC members were challenged to include the Scotch Lamb PGI brand in the bale art competition, the timing of which coincides with a major campaign launched by Quality Meat Scotland to raise awareness of Scotch Lamb.

The finalists will now go head to head and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, who is a trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, will judge which artwork deserves to take the overall title.

Carol McLaren, Director of Marketing and Communications for Quality Meat Scotland, said: “The bale art competition offers a fantastic opportunity, particularly during Scotland’s Year of Young People, to showcase the innovation and creativity of Scotland’s young farmers, as well as proudly supporting the industry’s Scotch Lamb brand.

Mid Deeside created Mickey and Minnie mouse using bales

Mid Deeside created Mickey and Minnie mouse using bales

“The energy and enthusiasm which the young farmers have put into their entries this year shines through and we hope it will raise a smile to thousands of people as they enjoy the colourful works of art in fields round the country. Our best wishes to all the finalists!”

Kinross-based farmer David Lawrie, who is this year’s SAYFC chair, said: “It has been amazing to see so many clubs taking part and so many creative and ambitious designs - congratulations to the six finalists.

“We are delighted to also support the work of the STV Children’s Appeal and those who enjoy the bale art over the coming weeks are being urged to make a donation by way of appreciation via the JustGiving page.”

The challenge comes amid QMS’s 10-week campaign to get the country enjoying more Scotch Lamb which, following £200,000 of funding from the Scottish Government, includes TV advertising alongside radio, print and billboard.

The bale artwork is in aid of the STV Children’s Appeal, with those enjoying the eye-catching creations encouraged to make a donation that will help support children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland.

Last year’s competition saw donations top £500, with teams hoping to raise even more this year.

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/baleart2018