National Young Stars offers vast array of competitions for agricultural enthusiasts

5th July 2017

Hosting competitions across all species of pedigree livestock for teams from all over the UK and abroad, alongside individual competitions for aspiring young butchers and auctioneers, the National Young Stars Challenge will be an action packed event featuring the very best young people in the industry.

The event, which is generously being hosted by the Three Counties Showground and is sponsored for the third year running by Allflex, takes place on the 22nd and 23rd August and has fast promoted itself to the top of the show calendar in terms of providing young farming enthusiasts with a national platform for competition.

It has been designed to allow young people to showcase and further their knowledge and display their abilities in a range of skills and presentation techniques under one roof at one event, explains event chairman Neil Lloyd.

“Teams competing in the beef, sheep, dairy and pig competitions will be judged on their team work, stock judging, handling and presentation skills, as well as their knowledge of the industry. Meanwhile, competitors in the young butcher and young auctioneer competitions will compete individually, with butchers having to showcase their skills cutting meat from three species, producing cuts for a family of four in three hours, as well as demonstrating their knowledge of the meat trade and recognition of appropriate health and safety as required.

“The young auctioneers will be tested on their valuation skills, ability to identify crops and knowledge of the industry, as well as being asked to prepare a written essay on a subject given to them prior to the event,” added Mr Lloyd.

“In just a few years we’ve exceeded expectations in terms of entries and as entries are due to close shortly (10th July), the beef competition is looking particularly strong with more than 20 teams expected, entered from all corners of the UK, as well as Northern Ireland and Canada. These youngsters will be competing for a once in a lifetime opportunity trip to Canada.”

Other significant prizes on offer include considerable equipment and product vouchers for the winning dairy, sheep and pig teams and a week’s job placement with Stillmans Butchers and Darts Farm. Added to that the winning auctioneer will be joining the beef team and will head to Canada in November.

Alongside the competitions, agricultural Universities and Colleges will be in attendance to promote courses and opportunities for those looking to further their academic knowledge, while a number of trade stands will also be present on the day. “While the main focus of the event is on competition, the organisers are keen to promote a cross section of industry interests for both the competitors and visitors to the event,” added Mr Lloyd.