National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

17 July 2019

Leicestershire’s Evie Tomlinson is on track for a clean sweep of Dairy Stockjudging titles after picking up the 21-and-under title at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Evie, from Melton YFC, has previously won the 16-and-under event, meaning there is only the senior category left.

“I don’t know about that,” she said. “I’ve still got a few years left at intermediate!”

Evie had been working at the Great Yorkshire Show showing cows all week before the YFC event on her last day. And the fact that the competition was using Ayrshires was good news for Evie.

“I was given two Ayrshire calves when I was born! We also regularly show a couple of pedigree Ayrshires and we’ve got a herd of Ayrshires on the farm.

“So it wasn’t easy, but I felt within my comfort zone.”

Despite being an expert in the breed, the win still came as a shock.

“I didn’t believe it,” said Evie. “They announced my friend in second place and I thought there’s no way I was going to beat her because I knew she’d done really well. So I couldn’t believe it when they read my name out.”

It was a YFC member from Uttoxeter that helped Staffordshire win the senior Dairy Stockjudging title for the first time since 1958. An outstanding performance from Johnathan Wilson from Uttoxeter meant he brought home the Harold Jackson Perpetual Challenge Trophy after winning against 33 other competitors.

Johnathan said: “Dairy stock judging has always been my favourite YFC competition. To win the NFYFC Dairy Stockjudging at The Great Yorkshire Show has always been a dream that I never thought was possible.  I am incredibly happy and shocked to win, especially in my last YFC year which made it ever more special.  I've learnt so much from doing this competition from trainers, judges and fellow competitors and have gained some incredible friends too.”

The 16-and-under category was won by Anna Morley from Cumbria and the overall team trophy was won by Yorkshire A - made up of Lydia Fairburn, Gemma Farrar and Rosie Throup.

Rutland Electric Fencing sponsor the Dairy Stockiudging competition and Natalie Marsh and Hugh Burnham both attended the event. They said: "We are proud to be assisting the next generation of farmers through our support of the Dairy Stockjudging Competition. Young farmers' Clubs and competitions such as this one are the perfect platform for developing young people’s key skills for a successful career in agriculture, plus there is a lot of fun to be had along the way!

"We were incredibly impressed by the standard of competition, so a huge well done from us to all of the winners. We’re already looking forward to the next one!"


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