Covid-19 hasn’t stopped stock judging being well supported

Within the 90 years of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster one competition has without any doubt been the most popular and well attended, and, that competition is the stock judging.

Over the last 90 years this competition has somewhat been developed quite like the livestock industry in Northern Ireland, from originally members judging pigs, dairy, sheep and beef to more recent times members judging beef, sheep and dairy.

Government restrictions recently have meant that the population has had to social distance and isolate which meant that several Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster competitions have not been able to happen.

However, the association has turned to online platforms to continue its competition calendar.

In the 90 years of the association this will be the first time that the stock judging competition has been held online without members visiting well-respected farms across the country.

The online platform is similar to the normal competition with members judging two rings and one assessment animal.

The association was rather dubious about this move; however, the members have come out in force to support this move.

The dairy heats which took place this Monday had record registrations with a 250-attendee increase.

Moving to online platforms might be the new norm in years to come.

YFCU would like to take this opportunity to thank Ulster Bank for their continued sponsorship of the competition.