Winter Stock Festival continues to support the future generation      

Winter Stock Festival continues to support the future generation      

Not only does the Winter Stock Festival support and engage with livestock farmers, breeders and businesses, but it runs some of the leading livestock youth competitions across the country.

First up on the Friday is our College Challenge competition. This comprises predominantly of a stock judging competition, with its aims to encourage young agricultural students to connect with and learn about the livestock industry.

Agricultural and land-based Colleges enter teams of 4 students and each team competes against other colleges. Judging is split into 4 areas: a pen of beef cattle, and pen of finished lambs, a pen of gilts and, *new for 2019*, fleece judging.

Judges for this year’s College Challenge are;

  • Beef Cattle section – Tina Russell
  • Lamb section – Julie Stannage
  • Pig section – Charles Bull
  • Fleeces –Colin Jarvis from Central Wool Growers & Harry Bell from British Wool

Next up is the turn of the Young Stock Person of the Year competition, which takes place on the Saturday. Participants have been placed 1st – 4th at one of the many qualifying shows, and this competition is the grand final of qualifiers from young handler classes from all across the UK.

The grand final comprises of a question session and showing skills with the judges awarding points (total 100 points).  This sought-after title is always very popular and is spilt into beef and sheep sections across two age groups 15-17 and 18-21 years old on the first day of the show.

The entrants will have to work hard with this year’s judge’s line-up;

  • Lamb showmanship – Tina Blyth
  • Lamb questions – Gail Sprake
  • Cattle showmanship – Rhys Millichap
  • Cattle questions – Sarah Priestley

Both competitions give the exhibitors and students a chance to develop their public speaking and personal skills competing on the open stage as well as learning from professional livestock exhibitors and judges.

For more information on the College Challenge and the Young Stock Person of the Year, and for more information about the event itself, email kerry@eastofengland.org.uk or call 01733 363510.

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