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The latest in UKHY


The 2018 UK Hereford Youth (UKHY) programme kicked off in May with a one-day workshop which was kindly hosted by Jonathon and Rosemary Moorhouse on their farm in Stogumber, Somerset alongside great cattle, facilities and food, which UKHY are very grateful for. The South West Association supported the event, gave a helping hand and rallied new members to come along. The weather was fantastic and a very positive day was had by all. It was great to see so many new faces.

As the summer went on, so did the activities. A team was entered for the first time into the ‘beef team challenge’ at the Royal Bath and West Show with a successful outcome of individual placings with Ollie Garnett-Smith placed first in showmanship, Katie Baines second in stock judging and Will Wan third in dressing.

The Royal Three Counties Show saw a very pleasing turnout of UKHY members for the young handlers’ competitions which are held every afternoon. Many young people have been waiting all day for this competition and the enthusiasm and skill is high. The Saturday’s judging saw a great success with a total of 12 of our members participating across the age categories, with the intermediates being the most represented. Katie Baines, Isla Soutter and Emma Dexter came first, second and third with Katie Baines becoming overall champion that day. The Sunday saw yet another UKHY representative, Ollie Garnett-Smith, taking the overall championship.


The national stock judging competition also saw a great achievement with one of the UKHY teams, made up of Ellis Parry, Will Awan and Jo Compton placing second to pip most of the adult teams to the post. So, watch out because the youth are improving all the time and catching the older ones up.

August saw the infamous trip to Ireland, which UKHY co-ordinator Emma Smith describes as her proudest UKHY moment to date, with 11 young members flying the flag and travelling across to represent the UK. The first event of the agenda was the workshop, hosted by the McMordie family and greatly supported and funded by the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders’ Association. Overall, 27 young people took part with activities such as clipping, dressing, handling classes and feed identification. The weekend continued with stock judging and all members were put through their paces.


A visit down to Des Kelly’s herd saw them working hard and thinking about commercial elements of the breed. UKHY took Tullamore Show by storm. Members took 1st and 2nd in the junior young handling section and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th in the senior section. The UKHY competitors were very professional and they would like thank to Irish Hereford Breeders for the use of their stock and making them feel so welcome.

Next year’s diary is already filling up with two confirmed visits. The first one to Mr and Mrs Fenton’s Boresisle herd, Kent on Saturday 20 April. Activities will include a herd walk, stock judging, a visit to the cheese making area and a session on carcase quality and grading. This visit will cover many commercial aspects of the industry and provide an insight into the farming ways of a traditional herd.

The second confirmed visit will be to the Shraden herd and will take place on 5, 6 and 7 July to tie in with their centenary celebrations. Workshop style sessions will be held and this year the older members will be put through their paces. There will also be a party style theme, and all are welcome. Any members with an interest in being selected for New Zealand (see panel) should be attending all events.

Emma Smith says: “I would like to thank all breeders, exhibitors and parents, not only for their support and encouragement but for hosting, loaning and generally helping with the running of the programme. I say this every year, but it seems to be growing and improving all the time and I think the pictures and smiles say a thousand words so thank you.

“We must also thank the Hereford Cattle Society for providing a budget to allow all these activities to run, as well as the provided bursary for the selected member to travel to New Zealand.”


UK Hereford Youth at the Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders' Association annual barbecue