Jenny Frost, from Watford Lodge Farm, is delighted to have secured first place in the annual Northamptonshire Stockmans and Grassland Society stock judging competition hosted by Moulton College last night.
Jenny fought off stiff competition from other members of the Northamptonshire Stockmans Club who all judged a pen of lambs, a pen of ewes, a pen of heifers and a pen of bulls. Their marks were then compared to those of a specialist judge Ian Shelton, from Shortwood Estate in Lamport.
Gerald Davies, Deputy Principal at Moulton College, one of the country’s leading agricultural colleges, explains why the Club’s judging events are so important: “It is vital for the prosperity of our farmers that they stay up to date with the qualities butchers are looking for in livestock. With all the financial squeezes we are all experiencing, it is vital our farmers get the most value out of their animals, or the biggest bang for their beef!
“Our expert judge, Ian Shelton, provided some fantastic feedback to our farmers - really getting down to the nitty gritty of what to look for. Our farmers learnt a lot at the event - information that they will take back to their farms and put into practice.
“We’re now looking forward to our annual dinner at Moulton College in December when our winner will be presented with a silver cup.”
Winning farmer, Jenny Frost, said: “What a fantastic, enjoyable and informative event. I am delighted to have achieved first place. It gives me the confidence that I am rearing animals with the right qualities to secure the best value at market!
“This is particularly important given recent announcements from a number of leading supermarkets that they will only stock British beef and lamb.”
Gerald Davies, concluded: “We were delighted to host such a well-attended event for the farming community. Well done to all those who took part and congratulations to Jenny who took the top spot!”