National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

10 January 2018

Young Farmers will have an even greater incentive to train hard for the Stockman of the Year competition now that a prize worth £250.00 is on offer to the winner. 

This year’s first place winner will receive a Moocall Calving Sensor thanks to Moocall UK. This innovative and award-winning sensor monitors the contractions of a pregnant cow and alerts the farmer when calving will commence through SMS, email and app updates.

The Stockman of the Year national final, which is sponsored by Rutland Electric Fencing, will be held on 1-2 September 2018 and YFC members compete in County and Area rounds throughout the membership year.

The competition aims to give YFC members the opportunity to judge quality livestock and present to industry experts. Members gain skills in observation, communication, presentation and personal development. The competition also helps to develop understanding of the makeup of an animal and market demands.  

Ryan McBridge from Moocall explained why the company was eager to offer a prize for young farmers.

"Efficient farming methods will be crucial in the years ahead, meaning tools like the Moocall Calving Sensor will be key.

"The NFYFC’s role in showing the farmers of tomorrow how to achieve that goal, then, is a worthy cause," said Ryan.

Only YFC members who have won County and Area rounds make it through to NFYFC’s national final to place and give reasons on six beef animals, six breeding ewes, six butchers pigs and six dairy animals.

Competitors are also required to complete a written project on stock management, including animal health and production records, in advance of the competition final. All competitors are interviewed on the role of a stockman and questioned by a veterinary surgeon on animal health and husbandry, as well as demonstrating practical tasks.

Competitions Steering Group Chairman Rachel Parker said: “We are delighted to have such an impressive prize from Moocall to give to the national winner of the Stockman of the Year competition. We know how much work goes into competing for this title and we hope that this prize offers even more of an incentive to practice and hone those judging skills ahead of the national finals. A huge thank you to Moocall for their generosity.” 

Moocall Calving Sensor facts: 

  • Tail mounted, non-invasive calving sensor
  • Proven 95% or greater accuracy
  • Notifies you one hour before calving starts
  • Be present at every calving
  • Ensure best start in life (colostrum etc.)
  • Works anywhere in the world thanks to GSM
  • Lasts up to 30 days with rechargeable battery
  • Texts 2 phone numbers and unlimited Moocall Breedmanager app users
  • Suits all breeds
  • Once the calf arrives, just attach it to the next cow
  • Quick to attach, adjustable to any size tail
  • 1 sensor, 1 cow, no additional hardware required.


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