From up-cycling wooden pallets to displays of their cooking prowess, young farmers in Cornwall have been putting some of their varied skills to the test as part of a special week of events.

The hotly contested Cornwall YFC Competitions Week attracts competitors from clubs across the county.

Photo and video entries were submitted from 11 clubs across the county.

Roche YFC were crowned the overall winners of 2021, followed by Columb YFC in second place and St Mabyn YFC and Liskeard YFC coming in joint third.

Competitions Week is open to all Cornwall Young Farmers members aged from 10 to 26.

There are eight different classes, including cookery, floral art and upcycling wooden pallets, all following this year’s theme of the ‘Great Outdoors’.

There are also three age categories for the ‘Dairy Stock Judging’, which involves competitors filming themselves judging a small herd of cattle.

This year, the competitions had to be staged online due to Covid restrictions.

Ben Cavill, Cornwall YFC county chairman, said: “This past year has highlighted the importance of our social calendar to our members and the difference these events can make to those living and working in very rural areas who may be feeling more isolated.

“It was so disappointing to have to cancel Competitions Day for a second consecutive year, but after last year’s success we simply knew we had to still do the event in some form as it means so much to our members.

"Thanks to the sponsorship from NFU Mutual we have been able to take the event online and ensure that youngsters can still come together and enjoy the challenges it brings.

“Many of our young farmers have been under considerable pressure during this last year, as they continue to work hard on family farms with some also working in key worker roles including for the NHS.

"It’s important for them to be able to take time out from this to be creative and most importantly, have some fun.”

Roz Hills, south west regional manager at NFU Mutual, said: “We never fail to be impressed by the creativeness and resilience of our young farmers and this past year has certainly highlighted that.

"Their decision to continue with this event, despite the obvious challenges of doing it online, is another display of their positivity and determination.

“Supporting the next generation of farmers has always been a priority for us and after this difficult year it has been fantastic to help bring these talented young people together for some healthy competition and a chance to celebrate their skills.”