Young Limousin breeders from all corners of the UK and Southern Ireland will be heading to next month’s English Winter Fair, Staffs County Showground, on the weekend of Nov 17-18 for the final of the Young Limousin Breeders’ Club’s Anglo-Irish Stock judging Competition.
Now in its fifth year, the competition sees teams representing England, Wales, Scotland, Northern and Southern Ireland asked to judge pens of four individual heifers and four steers and present their reasons to this year’s panel of Limousin judges from Ireland and the UK Mainland. There is also a cattle handling section in which competitors display their skill in parading an animal, setting it up for the judges and passing on information related to the age and breeding of the animal, all within a limited amount of time, explains Caroline Stephens, Young Limousin Breeders’ Club National Co-ordinator.
“We hope Limousin breeders will come along and support the young finalists who’ll be competing on Saturday 17 November. For entrants – whose ages range from 10-26 years old – the weekend format and central location of the English Winter Fair works well as many have school or college commitments during the week and cannot always get time away.”
English Winter Fair Chairman Ray Nield says the Young Limousin Breeders’ Club competition makes a welcome addition to the show’s commitment to support and promote up-and-coming stockmen and women of the future. “We are very pleased to host the competition for the British Limousin Cattle Society which has been a long-term supporter of the show.”
“Competitors will be among good company at the English Winter Fair with retail giant Asda backing stockmanship competitions that also run alongside National Federation of Young Farmers Club national finals,” he explains.
This year’s Young Limousin Breeders’ Club finalists will be competing both for cash prizes as well as Limousin-branded merchandise.