Four member of the Young Limousin Breeders Club had the opportunity to shadow the judge at the show preceding the early spring bull sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday 16 February. The participants, Adam McGookin, Isla Soutter, Isy Mackley and Darryl Geary all gained superb experience from the judge, Mr Colin Phillips of the Powerhouse Herd, Herefordshire. The four young breeders, who split into two pairs, were in the ring observing the process during the course of 16 Limousin classes and three Championships. The group were able to interact with the judge, exhibitors and stewards in front of a large crowd of spectators, daunting for even the experienced stockman.
Colin provided a first-rate display of judging, giving the group valuable experience in individual inspection and short leet selection. These crucial skills take time to learn and opportunities to be in the ring are few and far between, especially on the scale of a premier Limousin pre-sale show.
The young breeders put on a great show of concentration throughout what was a long day of judging. Hats off to them all for their focus during the event, they did themselves and the Society proud with their performance in the ring. Well done to the young breeders for taking the opportunity to participate in the stimulating experience.
A thank you is extended to Mr Phillips for his effort in engaging the young members on the day, explaining his decisions for all the classes and after making his Championship selections. Also, gratitude is extended to Neil Lloyd and YLBC Hon President James Callion for their mentoring throughout the day.