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UK Hereford Youth going from strength to strength!

By Emma Smith, UK Hereford Youth Co-ordinator

Saturday 5th May saw the third workshop of UK Hereford Youth (UKHY) take place. This year it was kindly hosted by Jonathan and Rosemary Moorhouse, Cato Herefords and was greatly supported by the South Western Hereford Association (SWHA).

The day started out well with the weather definitely on our side! Following the long strained winter we have all endured, it was a pleasant welcome to have such glorious sunshine. There were 27 young people of varying ages in attendance, along with an abundance of supportive parents too - which was great! 

To kick off proceedings we all had tea or coffee on arrival, agendas and name badges were distributed and everyone received a welcome and warm introduction from Jonathan and yours truly. All members were then split into two groups with each section completing a one hour workshop on dressing an animal and an hour of clipping. This took us up to lunchtime where we were served a lovely spread of beef burgers, sausages, salads and crisps - the list goes on. Rosemary was manning the BBQ and Angela Kerslake SWHA Hon. Secretary serving drinks.

However, although on a lunch break no one had time to rest as there was a feed identification test and a guess the weight of the bull. Bill Harper of Harper's feeds kindly donated 12 feed samples and everyone had to identify them to the best of their knowledge. Tom Christopher correctly identified 8 making him the overall winner - and suitably received a bag of feed as his first prize!

Two young members were joint winners in guess the weight of the bull - Charlie Carey and Ellis Parry. They were both only 20kg out which was a great credit to them! Their parents did well too, so they all won a box of chocolates.

In the afternoon Bill Harper gave a demonstration on stock judging and showing etiquette. This went down well and made everyone think outside of the box. To round the day off, everyone was put into groups based on their competency level as handlers of stock. This was a great opportunity for the novices to have a go at leading an animal and the more competent members to show off their finely honed skills.

To cater for the very young members there was a halter making session which eventually saw everyone having a go - even the adults, with everyone taking home a halter to use!

Many young members won prizes through demonstrating not only skill and knowledge but also a great deal of enthusiasm. Alan Gifford was the Master Judge for the day and was impressed with what he saw and to quote his summary, he stated that, “everyone displayed some ability, with overall standard being high, making my task a difficult one.”

These workshops are invaluable to all of our up and coming young breeders and I would like to personally thank everyone involved - those who took time to talk with attendees, helping with training and who donated a raffle prize. Also to Gerald Carter of Showtime Supplies who donated products for everyone to use.
Without everyone rallying around and pulling together these workshops would not take place - but the effort was worthwhile as what a thoroughly enjoyable and successful day it was!

The next workshop will be held in Ireland and looks set to be a fantastic trip with lots on offer. We will be having a one day workshop at the well known Solpoll Herd, plus stock judging, a herd visit, BBQ with the Irish Hereford Breeders’ Association and a trip to the famous Tullamore Show. If you would like to go please register your place with Emma Smith Tel: 07772 495913 or Email: premiercattleservices@gmail.com