Our 2017 Dairy Stock Judging competition took place on Tuesday 27th June, 7.30pm at Childhay Manor, Blackdown, Beaminster Dorset, DT8 3LQ, by kind permission of Stephen and Sonia Raymond. Our judge this year was Mr Jim Westaway from Cullompton, Devon. The competition is open to any Young Farmers Club and there are classes for all ages.
Dairy Stock Judging is an important event and skill for Young Farmers. Its purpose is to train them to look for and assess the type of traits that are beneficial for long lasting, healthy cows that will also produce plenty of milk. For every breed of cow, there is a “True Type Model” which is the ideal cow. The competitor must keep this in mind as they assess each animal. They will be looking for the functional traits such as good legs and feet leading to good locomotion, a well attached udder with enough width and height to hold the high milk yields expected from a modern cows, with body capacity sufficient to support the milk and a growing calf. Working in teams of two, the Young Farmers are tasked to assess the dairy cows and place them in order [best to poorest] giving the reasons for their decision. They then present their findings to the Judge who marks them using a complex marking system based on accuracy of observation and comparisons.
The prizes were presented by Society President, Mr Ralph Newman.
1st and winners of the Melplash Agricultural Society Junior Shield- Helen Holder & Henrietta Love – Sherborne YFC
2nd – Billy Bristol and Bertie George, Wincanton YFC
3rd – Luke Johnson and Izzy Minshall, Marshwood Vale YFC
1st and winners of the Melplash Agricultural Society shield – Tom Greenway and Lindsay Gubbins – Marshwood Vale YFC.
1st and winners of the Francis W Hunt Perpetual Challenge Cup – Amy Wonnacott and Henry Cox, Puddletown YFC
2nd: James Billen and Steven Bailey, Marshwood YFC
Best Newcomer: Helen Holder, Sherborne YFC
Highest Placed Individual: Tom Greenway, Marshwood Vale YFC