More than £2000 in cash prizes is on offer in stockjudging
competitions at the UK’s national beef event, Beef Expo
2006, to be held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on Friday June
Official judge - Ian Mathers
First prize in the senior section (19 – 26 years of age)
of the Duke of Northumberland YFC Open Stock Judging Competition
for young farmers is £500 donated by the Duke of Nothumberland
plus a perpetual trophy, with £200 donated by the British
Charolais Cattle Society going to the winner of the junior section
(up to 18 years of age). Both winners also receive an all-expenses
paid trip to this year’s Royal Smithfield Show at Shepton
Mallet, courtesy of the Royal Smithfield Club.
In the Yara Open Stockjudging Competition, sponsored by YARA UK
Ltd and open to all (except those taking part in the YFC competition),
the top prize is £400 and the Yara Perpetual Trophy, with
cheques for £300, £200 and £100 for second, third
and fourth places.
Competitors in both competitions will be required to judge four
classes of Charolais cross steers, Salers cows with Charolais cross
calves, Belgian Blue heifers and in-calf Luing heifers. The official
judge will be Aberdeenshire farmer and meat wholesaler, Iain Mathers,
Wardes, Kintore, chairman of meat company, Mathers (Inverurie)
Ltd, who was chairman of Beef Expo 2003 held at Thainstone Centre,
“The stockjudging competitions are generating tremendous
interest and we are grateful to both the Duke of Northumberland
and Yara for their generous support,” said Beef Expo 2006
chairman, Ian Watson, Newlands Farm, Carleton, Carlisle.
Yara marketing services manager, Rosie Carne, said the open competition
would allow all visitors to the event to take part in stockjudging,
including young farmers.
“Participants will have the opportunity of closely studying
different breeds, and their role in modern beef production, and
compete for a total of eight prizes in what is a fun competition,” said
Yara is the only truly global fertilizer company in the world
and operates in 120 countries. This is the third year the company
has been a mainline sponsor of Beef Expo. On their trade stand,
Yara will be promoting Top Stock (25.5.5+Na+Se) which is the only
compound on the market with added sodium and selenium, formulated
to address deficiencies in the herbage.
Entry to both competitions is free but competitors will have to
pay for entry into the event (£10 for adults or £5
for members of the National Beef Association and students on production
of membership cards). Visitors can enter on the day at the NBA
stand and have from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. to judge the four classes.
Individual members of any YFC club in England, Scotland, Wales
or Northern Ireland may enter on production of their membership
Mainline sponsors of Beef Expo 2006 are Harrison and Hetherington,
Dugdale Nutrition, EBLEX, Intervet, Keenan and Yara.
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