25 November 2000
Farmers son faces ultimate test

by Jeremy Hunt

CUMBRIA farmers son James Whiteford, 17, has the primestock showing bug but believes the Royal Smithfield Show will be his biggest challenge so far.

James is showing home-bred Beltex-cross lambs in new livestock classes for Young Farmers Club (YFC) members scheduled for the first time this year.

James has already tasted success at various local shows with lambs from the family farm near Brampton where he lives with his parents Thomas and Jennifer.

“The new classes for YFC members at Smithfield are a good opportunity for young farmers to experience primestock showing at the highest level,” he said.

At the last show, his father won the supreme lamb carcass championship. James lambs will be from the same combination of Beltex-cross Texel.

But like all dedicated stockmen he refuses to give away too many trade secrets and wont be revealing too much about his feeding policy.

“Its a tried and tested mix that weve gradually developed over the years. It worked for dad two years ago, so I hope itll do the job for my lambs.”