National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

08 September 2019

Welsh stockjudgers supported each other to victory in the National Stockman and Young Stockman of the Year competition in Staffordshire last weekend, sponsored by Rutland Electric Fencing.

Ffion Havard from Sennybridge YFC picked up the Young Stockman of the Year title and Dyfrig Williams from Llangwyryfon YFC won the senior title – with another two competitors from Wales also offering their support.

The Wright family at Dawtry Cottage Farm generously hosted the live round on the Sunday with Senior competitors also taking part in interviews and answering veterinary questions from Shires Vets Eccleshall at Staffordshire County Showground on the Saturday.

For Ffion, it was third time lucky having represented Wales at a national competition twice before – now, in her final year, she has emulated her sister’s success, who won in 2014. It was also a hat trick of wins on the day for Ffion as she came first place in the pig, sheep and dairy rounds of the competition.

“I felt over the moon. I never expected it, but I’m really, really happy!

“With stockjudging, you have good days and bad days and a lot of it comes down to your placings and not every time do you agree with the judge. Luck was on my side to have agreed with the judge’s placings on all four rings – certainly a rare occasion for me,” said Ffion.

Senior winner Dyfrig said that people wrongly assumed he had been to agricultural college. Instead, working on his family beef and sheep farm since leaving school helped him with the practical side during the veterinary questions.

“That was a bit more specific about how you would treat an ill cow or sheep, for example. So my experience of using different medicines came in handy then,” he said.

“During Sunday, as they were judging the different classes, I thought it was going alright, but you don’t really know. Then when we got the judges’ placings and they didn’t place anything at 100% I thought I was in with a chance.

“But I was very shocked when I won.”

And the competitors had something to keep them going when ABP Food Group cooked steaks on site.

“Oh, that was very good,” said Dyfrig. “It was great bringing steaks for everyone!”

THE RESULTS:

Young Stockman of the Year Overall:

1st place: Ffion Havard, Brecknock A

2nd place: Emma Cokerill, Yorkshire A

3rd place: Tomos Griffiths, Carmarthenshire A and Grace Whitcombe, Somerset A

Young Stockman of the Year - Beef:

1st place: Daisy Haigh, Nottinghamshire A

2nd place: Emma Cockerill, Yorkshire A and Rosie Powley, Yorkshire C

Young Stockman of the Year - Sheep:

1st place: Ffion Harvard, Brecknock A

2nd place: Emma Morgan-Page, Montgomery A

3rd place: Mervyn Powell, Herefordshire B

Young Stockman of the Year – Pig:

1st place: Ffion Havard, Brecknock

2nd place: Megan Phillips, Herefordshire A

3rd place: Mervyn Powell, Herefordshire B and Emma Cockerill, Yorkshire A

Young Stockman of the Year – Dairy:

1st place: Ffion Havard, Brecknock A

2nd place: Megan Phillips, Herefordshire A

3rd place: Grace Whitcombe, Somerset A

Senior Stockman of the Year - Overall:

1st place: Dyfrig Williams, Ceredigion A

2nd place: George Lee, Devon A

3rd place: James Hodgkinson, Derbyshire A

Senior Stockman of the Year - Beef:

1st place: James Hodgkinson, Derbyshire A and Robert Mollatt, Staffordshire B

3rd place: Johnathan Wilson, Staffordshire A

Senior Stockman of the Year – Sheep:

1st place: Dyfrig Williams, Ceredigion A

2nd place: Rhys James, Pembrokeshire A

3rd place: Aeron Powell, Radnor A

Senior Stockman of the Year – Pig:

1st place: Robert Mollatt, Staffordshire B

2nd place: Johnathan Wilson, Staffordshire A

3rd place: Dyfrig Williams, Ceredigion A

Senior Stockman of the Year – Dairy:

1st place: Robert Mollatt, Staffordshire B

2nd place: George Lee, Devon A

3rd place: Claire Tythcott, Devon D and

Johnathan Wilson, Staffordshire A


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