National Young Stars Competition
24th March 2016
National Young Stars showcases
finest young talent
The National Young Stars event, sponsored by the Allflex Group,
which took place in association with The Three Counties Agricultural
Society on 23rd and 24th March at the Three Counties Showground,
Malvern, has been hailed a huge success for the livestock industry
for the second year running.
The event saw more than 140 young farming enthusiasts between
the ages of eight and 24 showcase their skills in marketing
and publicity, clipping, trimming and presentation, ring craft,
auctioneering, butchering and their general knowledge of the
Commenting on the event, chairman Neil Lloyd said: “In
just two years this event has cemented itself as a showcase
for young talent in this industry. The aim all along has been
to put young people at the forefront of a farming event and
give them the profile and credit they deserve.
“The event has grown considerably with the addition
of a headline sponsor in the form of the Allflex Group, for
which the event organisers are indebted to for their valuable
support. Equally, the sheep and dairy challenges have both
more than doubled in entries which bodes well for future growth,” he
UK Jersey Team - Emily Davis, Abi Marshall
and Becky Walters
Emerging top in the dairy section for the second year running
was a Jersey team, this time represented by Emily Davis, Abi
Marshall and Becky Walters.
Competing under judges Brian Weatherup and Steve Miller, this
winning team, which was sponsored by the Jersey Cattle Society
of the United Kingdom, will also be joining the winning beef
team on a flight out to Canada.
Emily, who is currently at Uffculme School, also helps out
with the family’s 200-cow Rivermead Jersey herd. An avid
show exhibitor from the age of three, she won a grand total
of nine handler championships last year and took part in a
national clipping competition winning best novice.
Becky works for her father clipping and preparing dairy cattle
for markets, classification and shows. She’s been showing
for 12 years and has also spent some time in America and Canada.
She has her own herd of pedigree Ayrshires and brown Swiss
under the Hawkswood prefix, alongside the family herd of Ayrshires,
Jerseys and Dairy Shorthorns.
Meanwhile, Abi, another keen young show woman has been showing
for five years and won eight championships last year including
supreme champion at the Exeter Calf Show.
Runners up were the
British Friesian Breeder’s Club sponsored
team British Friesian Youth, consisting of Kyle Ledger, Jess
Mills and Andrea Vale, while third place went to Zoe Clear,
Joshua Etteridge and Chrissie Baker, representing Jersey
Great Jersey Youth representation at
the National Show Stars 2016