When it comes to active YFC clubs encouraging school children to start showing livestock, I don’t think any county does it quite like Kent, and Angley School YFC in Cranbrook is no exception to the rule.
When it comes to showing livestock you have to give it to Angley, they’ve already made a big impact this summer winning various red tickets at local shows in the south east, including Essex, Heathfield and South of England. Last year they even made the journey down to the south west to be the only school club to compete at the Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair.
Here’s a few highlights from their show season so far…………
Heather Graham and her calf Rook, placed fourth in a strong class of 12 at the South of England Show. The calf is one of many in the show team sponsored by West Sussex beef producers Ralph and Anji Dixon.
Hannah Catt and her steer calf Rowan were placed third at the South of England and were pipped to the post in that class by the reserve and overall champion from Mike and Jean Dickens, Milton Keynes.
In this class Angley dominated the prize cards, winning first, second, fourth, sixth and seventh in a very strong class.
Both Hannah Catt and Kayley Austen kept the Angley flag flying taking rosettes home from the Under 21 cattle handling class at the South of England Show.
Taking the champion Under 21 Handler title was Heather Graham, with a pedigree steer calf from Morris Farms’ Blounts herd, Hertfordshire.
Taking home the Heathfield Show commercial championship silverware and beating some stiff competition from regular commercial show goers was Megan Graham and Rowan, a Belgian Blue cross bred by Ralph and Anji Dixon, judged by Christine Williams from the Wilodge Belgian Blue and Limouisn herd, Shifnal, Shropshire.