National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 November 2012

This weekend saw the start of the new National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs competition season, with the National Beef and Pig Live and Carcase Judging at the English Winter Fair, Staffordshire County Showground.

The competitions took place over two days, kicking off on Saturday with 80 Young Farmers from across England and Wales taking part in the Senior and Intermediate Live Beef and Live Pork competitions. The competitors had to place the animals and give reasons for their placement. On Sunday, competitors judged beef and pork carcases, giving reasons and placing the carcases and classifying the beef carcases.

Ultimately it was Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs who shone, winning the John Spear Trophy for the county with the highest overall marks in both Beef and Pork Live and Carcase judging.

EBLEX kindly donated the prize money for the national competitions, which were presented by their Livestock Scientist, Dylan Laws. This is just one of a number of NFYFC initiatives supported by EBLEX. The organisation has also supported the production of a stock judging handbook, ‘Meat for the Market Training’ days and, most recently, a stock judging DVD which was shown during the weekend.

The English Winter Fair, organised by Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, saw a host of other stock judging and handling competitions as well as a sale of Champion cattle and a Christmas Fayre. 

The society also hosted their own stock judging competition for young farmers, organised by Staffordshire YFC’s County Organiser, Julia Taylor. This saw competitors judging live beef and sheep as well as pork and lamb carcases and once again it was Herefordshire FYFC who beat 18 other counties to win the overall team trophy. This second competition meant that around 250 young farmers were on site and taking part in stock judging contests.

The Fair was integral to the running of the NFYFC competitions at the weekend, with stock coming from exhibitors at the event and the excellent facilities making the site a perfect location. The carcasses were supplied by Bradshaw Brothers of Chase Terrace.


NFYFC Beef and Pig Live and Carcase Judging Results

Senior Beef Live and Carcase

1st Richard Garlick (Herefordshire)
2nd Maria Muntz-Tores (Worcestershire)
3rd Lora Fryars (Lancashire)


Intermediate Beef Live and Carcase

1st David Long (Herefordshire)
2nd Tudor Lewis (Montgomeryshire)
Joint 3rd Harriet Wilson (Staffordshire) and Danielle McNulty (Gloucestershire)

Intermediate Pork Live and Carcase

1st Thomas Bennett (Herefordshire)
2nd Rachel Harrison (Lancashire)
3rd Lloyd Powell (Montgomeryshire)

Senior Pork Live and Carcase

1st Richard Fox (Cumbria)
2nd John Brewer (Herefordshire B)
3rd Bethany Warin (Yorkshire)

The Mark Madders Trophy (awarded to the county intermediate team with the highest score-Beef and Pork)

1st David Long and Thomas Bennett (Herefordshire A)
2nd Tudor Lewis and Lloyd Powell (Montgomeryshire)
3rd Isabella Hartley and Rachel Harrison (Lancashire A)

The Bob Williams Trophy (awarded to the county senior team with the highest combined score -Beef and Pork)

1st Fiona Chamberlayne and Victoria Hicks (Gloucestershire)
2nd Llewellyn Williams and John Brewer (Herefordshire B)
3rd Richard Garlick and John Hanson (Herefordshire A)

The Smithfield Trophy for Beef Live and Carcase

David Long and Richard Garlick from Herefordshire A

The Smithfield Trophy for Pork Live and Carcase

Fay Thomas and John Brewer from Herefordshire

The John Spear Trophy (awarded to the county with the overall highest marks)

1st Herefordshire (David Long, Richard Garlick, Thomas Bennett and John Hanson)
2nd Montgomeryshire (Tudor Lewis, Ryhdian Powell, Lloyd Powell, Tomos Harrison)
3rd Gloucestershire (Danielle McNulty, Victoria Hicks, Fiona Chamerlayne, Martia Warner King)


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