YFC Classes at the English Winter Fair popular as ever
A prize fund of over £700 is on offer in the Young Farmers’ Stock and Carcase judging Competitions at this year’s English Winter Fair, Stafford, and IAE are proud to back up this event YFC members will be forming teams from across the country to compete in the Stock and Carcase Judging competitions, held at the English Winter Fair on Sunday 20th November along with the NFYFC Live and Carcase Judging two-day competition over the weekend.
The teams made up of 8 members will be judging Live Beef, Live Lamb, Lamb and Pork Carcase on Sunday 19th November from 9am. The Secretary for the Young Farmer Classes, Mrs Julia Taylor explained, “Young Farmers will be able to judge the Lamb and Pork Carcase in the purpose-built Carcass Hall, which is a fantastic facility available to us thanks to generous support from IAE and the show’s organisers, the Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society.”
New sponsor, Andrew Buxton, Sales and Marketing Director of IAE said ‘We are excited to be supporting the Staffordshire Young Farmers who are organising the YFC Stock and Carcase Judging Competitions at the English Winter Fair this year. We are very much looking forward to seeing Young Farmers from across the country compete across four different classes, in a competition that we know forms part of the foundations that the organisation is built upon. At IAE, we recognize that future success depends on us attracting and nurturing the finest talent through young people. Similarly, we hope that by supporting the YFC Stock and Carcase Judging Classes, we are helping to give young people the opportunity to grow their confidence, refine their skills and most importantly continue to immerse themselves in what they enjoy most.’
The Beef cattle will be judged from exhibitor stock at the show and the lambs are kindly provided by Madders and Johnson of Hopton. Young Farmers will pit their skills picked up in county rounds of the YFC’s Stock and Carcase competitions against others in this nationwide event to secure prizes. “It is a great way for members to test their skill at judging stock on the hoof and on the hook. Each team is given 10 minutes to assess stock and then two minutes to give reasons to the panel of judges for their choices. It is always a popular date on the YFC calendar and well supported by counties across the country” adds Mrs Taylor.
In addition to cash prizes, YFC teams will also compete for the Birmingham Agricultural Exhibition Society silver cup for the team accumulating most points which last year went to Glamorgan YFC for the second year running.
This year again there will be a two-course meal being held in the Boden Room, exclusively for YFC members followed by entry into the Herdsman’s Supper Disco entry for only £15 on the evening before the competitions, Saturday 18th November. This evening is also kindly supported by Bagshaws Auctioneers.
Young Farmers attending the event will also be able to see the Show’s championships take place in the main arena in Bingley Hall as well as witness the spectacle of the grand auction of prize-winning animals from both the live arena and Carcass Hall on Sunday afternoon.