Young breeders are ‘stars’

Ruth Hamill and Alan Burleigh of the NI Young Limousin Breeders team busy preparing their stock for the clipping and presentation section of the National Young Show Stars Event.
Ruth Hamill and Alan Burleigh of the NI Young Limousin Breeders team busy preparing their stock for the clipping and presentation section of the National Young Show Stars Event.
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The inaugural National Young Show Stars event, which took place in association with The Three Counties Agricultural Society on 1st and 2nd April at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, has been hailed a huge success for the livestock industry.

The event saw more than 100 young farming enthusiasts between the ages of eight and 24 showcase their skills in marketing and presentation, clipping, trimming and presentation, ring craft, auctioneering, butchering and their general knowledge of the industry.

James and David Rea with Scottosh team mate John McCulloch represented Northern Ireland in the Beef Shorthorn for meat production team.

James and David Rea with Scottosh team mate John McCulloch represented Northern Ireland in the Beef Shorthorn for meat production team.

Commenting on the event, chairman Neil Lloyd said: “For year one, the event has exceeded our expectations. The aim all along has been to put young people at the forefront of a farming event and give them the profile and credit they deserve.”

With more than 50 sponsors for the event, trade stands, universities and colleges in attendance and teams and individuals entered from all corners of the UK and overseas from Canada, National Young Show Stars has cemented itself as a headline event in the farming calendar.

Three Counties Agricultural Society President Lord Cobham echoed Mr Lloyd’s thoughts by saying: “The fact so many keen, young, farming enthusiasts are under one roof suggests there is plenty of scope for this event and the future of this industry. We really need to back our farming future and look forward to watching this event grow in the future.”

Representing Northern Ireland in the beef section was the NI Young Limousin breeders, sponsored by the Young Limousin Breeders Northern Ireland and the Beef Shorthorn for Meat Production team, who were sponsored by the Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society.

The Limousin team consisted of Ruth Hamill, Alan Burleigh and James McComb and out of 20 beef teams came a credible fifth overall, as well as runner up in the ring craft section to the overall winners, the Blue Bandit team which consisted of Stephanie Dick, Millie Hendy and Issy Hartley, who were sponsored by the British Blue Cattle Society.

Meanwhile, the Beef Shorthorn team saw brothers James and David Rea team up with Dunblane, Scotland-based John McCulloch.

Teams were judged on their stock judging, clipping and presentation skills, ring craft ability, marketing and promotional skills, as well as public speaking and knowledge of the industry. There were also competitions for young auctioneer and butcher enthusiasts and team events for sheep, pigs and dairy.

Dates for next years event will be announced shortly and the organisers welcome teams to compete from Northern Ireland with committee members offering help in sourcing stock for the competitors.