8 November 1996

Calves show paces at record-entry YMA show

THERE were record entries for the 11th National Calf Show of the Young Members Association of the Holstein Friesian Society of Great Britain and Ireland and more than 1000 spectators went to the National Agricultural Centre, Warwicks, to watch competitors from the YMAs 27 regional clubs in action.

Senior class winner Christina Hastings (21) from the North Western YMA Club took the showman championship and will now represent the UK in a junior showmanship competition at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto at the invitation of the Canadian Holstein Association.

Reserve champion was intermediate class winner Siobhan Lindsley of the West Midlands YMA Club. Siobhans 12-year-old sister Heidi won the novice class and was commended for an "exceptional" performance by the Canadian judge Dan Doner.

The supreme champion calf was Corringham Broker Echo led by Mark Poucher of the East Midland Club and exhibited by R V Winter & Sons from Lincs. The reserve champion was Weeton Astre Malty led by junior showman class winner James Tomlinson of the Lancashire & Adjacent Counties YMA Club and exhibited by John Loftus.

Nicholas McCann (20) of Clandeboye, Bangor, Co Down, won the senior stockjudging competition, the prize for which is a trip to Canada, courtesy of Semex UK, the National Calf Show sponsors. The junior stockjudging winner was Katie Miller (13) of the Dorset & Somerset Club. Her prize, courtesy of Bay Farm Tours, is an all-expenses-paid visit to the 1997 YMA Weekend Rally.

Lancashire & Adjacent Counties won the Philip Gilbert Top Team which is awarded to the club which gains most points at the show, with West Derbyshire runner-up and North Western third.