01 December 2016
There was no sibling rivalry going on when sister and brother Fay and Lee Thomas were part of the winning Stockjudging team at this year’s English Winter Fair.
The duo worked together as part of the Herefordshire A team and took home the John Speers Trophy for being the Best Overall Team along with team mates John Hanson and Megan Watkins.
Fay and Thomas are both part of Eardisley YFC and have been members for 10 and six years respectively and Fay is currently Herefordshire’s County Chairman. They put their achievements in Stockjudging down to being an active part of their family farm.
Fay said: “We live on and have been brought up on a family farm in Kinnersley, Herefordshire, with suckler limousin herd and flock of ewes.
“We have both been involved, along with our sister Amy, in day-to-day decisions on what stock to keep and breed from. Picking the stock is always a family effort, thanks to all the skills we have learnt from YFC stockjudging, and transferred into our work.”
It was a proud Thomas family moment when they picked up the trophy but Fay said you don’t have to be from an agricultural background to compete in a YFC Stockjudging competition.
“I would advise anyone to take part and have a go,” said Fay. “Even if you do not have an agricultural background, it is possible to learn, and hopefully gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the UK food industry in doing so.”