Youngsters make their mark at East of England Smithfield Festival

Youngsters make their mark at East of England Smithfield Festival

Press Release: 10.12.13



Youngsters make their mark at

East of England Smithfield Festival


Young stockmen and women from across the country were on top form at this year’s East of England Smithfield Festival Peterborough, competing in both the event’s College Challenge and the Young Stockperson of the Year Final.


This year’s College Challenge, which featured 30 teams each made up of four students from across the country, was a hotly contested affair with little to split the top teams.


The competition, in which competitors had to judge classes of breeding heifers, prime lambs, breeding ewes and lamb carcasses before giving their reasons to judges, was described by the judge, William Haire, Northern Ireland, as a true test of stock knowledge.


“To have so many young, keen stockpeople coming in to the industry is great to see. Every competitor here is a credit to themselves and their college. They have displayed great knowledge of the beef and sheep industries and with young people like this coming forward the future of the industry is in good hands.”


This year’s winning team was Derby Farmers from Derby College, Derbyshire. This team was made up of Robyn Garner, 24, Alan Hardie, 19, Seumas Thompson, 16 and Jade Mrvikk, 21.

A team from Gloucestershire-based Hartbury College, Hartpury College A, took second place, with this team being Rachel Churches, 18, Daniel Padifeld, 18, Edward Davies, 19, and Tommy Westlake, 20.

In third spot was another team from Derby College, Derby Agrics. Team members here were Freya Undrell, 16, Ashlar Slatter, 16, Tom Longdon, 16 and Daniel Poxton-Jones, 17.

Leading the way in the Young Stockperson Final were a brace of Scottish youngsters from Stirling, with both the junior and senior winners hailing from the town.

In the junior section it was 17 year old John Graham from Burnbank Limousins that stood champion. This up and coming livestock photographer is a keen member of YFC.  Reserve in the senior section went to Norfolk youngster William Abram, also 17.

And in the senior section it was the turn of Stephanie Dick of Ronick Limousins to lead the way. This 19 year old is no stranger to success having won best individual and pair in the beef section at the Scottish stock judging final at the Royal Highland Show earlier this year.

Standing reserve to her was another Scottish entrant, 18 year old Sophie Harvey from Balfron.

Editors notes:

For more information contact Kerry Buttriss, East of England Agricultural Society (01733 234 451) or email


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