National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

21 July 2022

The winning team from the Dairy Stockjudging competition might be more used to working with sheep than cows but their stockjudging training won out on the day.

The trio from Carmathenshire scored the highest marks to win the Farmer and Stockbreeder Trophy for being the overall team winners at the national final at the Great Yorkshire Show.

The competition, which is sponsored by Rutland Electric Fencing/Kerbl, was held at the showground for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic.

The team was made up of Elan Thomas, from a dairy farm, and two beef and sheep farmers Angharad Thomas and Olwen – who also won the Farmers Weekly Trophy for the 16 & Under Dairy Stockjudging.

Angharad, who was new to judging dairy cattle encouraged other YFC members to give the competition a go.

“Any member of YFC that wants to try, the best thing is, just give it a go. You can come last today and then win tomorrow, so go for it and try and you never know what you’re good at.”

Steven Harris from Cornwall won The Harold Jackson Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the 28 and under category. It was the third time the dairy farmer has won a national stockjudging competition and he puts it all down to his training and love of dairy cows.

“In Cornwall we do a lot of dairy stockjudging training under the guidance of Colin Christophers. The training has brought me a long way, it’s taught me a lot. And I enjoy evenings going looking at cows,” said Steven.

“I really enjoy dairy stockjudging. I love the competitive aspect of it and I love dairy cows as well. I milk cows at home and I love seeing correct cows that will last a long time and produce a lot of milk.”

William Lucas from Lancashire won The J S Clark Perpetual Challenge Cup for the 21 & under category.

Competitors were required to assess a ring of dairy cows and in the Senior category they were asked to use the linear method of assessing characteristics. All competitors also had to present their reasons for placing them in a particular order to the judges.

The winners were all given a Dual Powered Energiser from Rutland Electric Fencing as an additional prize.

Hugh Burnham from Rutland Electric Fencing was at the Showground to present the awards to the winners.

“Rutland Electric Fencing is proud to sponsor young farmers. It’s the future of UK and British farming. The next generation is most important to all of us. Congratulations to all the winners and competitors and we look forward to seeing you next year.”

NFYFC is grateful to the Great Yorkshire Agricultural Societies and the exhibitors from the Jersey, Ayrshire, Holsteins, Shorthorns Society for allowing the Federation to use their dairy cows.

The results for the Dairy Stockjudging can be viewed online here.

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