9 teams across the Staffordshire YFC clubs took part in the County Dairy Stockjudging Competition, kindly hosted by Mr & Mrs D Bowers & Family on Thursday 13th April and sponsored by HJ Lea Oakes. Teams consisting of six members judged rings of Friesian Dairy Cows, placing them in orders of merit and giving reasons to the master judges.
This skilled competition, one of the many Staffordshire YFC run throughout the year, helps members with observation, their understanding of the make-up of the animal, market demands, communication and presentation skills. The Junior members judge, place and give reasons on 4 animals, the Intermediate members judge, place and give reasons on 6 animals and the Senior members judge, place and give reasons on 4 animals as well as using the linear method of assessing characteristics.
The members enjoyed a great evening with a high standard of cows to judge. The overall results were a winning team from Uttoxeter A JNFU with Chase A YFC taking second place, and in third place, it was Waterhouses YFC. Individually, members will go forward to represent Staffordshire at the NFYFC Finals being held on Friday 14th July at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate.
The evening was concluded with the presentation of awards along with refreshments of filled jacket potatoes, kindly sponsored by HJ Lea Oakes.
For photos from the evening, please click HERE