News from the Farm – The Cumbrian Young Farmers Stock Judging Competition

Judges inspecting the carcases before the competition begins

Our Head of Butchery, Dave, was invited to draw on his wealth of experience to judge the Young Farmers Stock Judging Competition at Johnscales Farm, Crosthwaite on 1 May. Ten Young Farmers Clubs were represented by 3 categories, Junior, Intermediate and Seniors, and the competition was fierce!

Dave gave us some insight into the process on the day.

“I judged the carcases and placed them in order 1st to 4th,. 1 member of each Young Farmers club judges the 4 carcases and placed them in order 1st to 4th. They are then scored on their order of carcases, their explanation of why, their descriptions and reasons and their appearance. It’s an important skill our Young Farmers need to learn in livestock farming because of the constant pressure to match animals to customer demand.”

Dave Morland sizing up the carcases

The winner was Ian Smithson from Pennine Young Farmers Club, Kirkby Stephen.

The Cumbria Federation of Young Farmers, made up of 25 clubs, is a rural youth organisation for young people across the country aged 10 to 26. Anyone can join Young Farmers, you don’t have to be from a farming background. Young Farmers take part in many activities including visits, talks, sports competitions, charity fund raising and competitions such as public speaking and performing arts.

Find out more about the Cumbria Federation of Young Farmers on their website here.

Alice Longmire (Lowick YFC) and Jamie Taylor (Pennine YFC)

Dave Morland judging one of the Senior Young Farmers
Hannah Sowerby (Eden Valley YFC)

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