Agriculture students over the moo-n with Christmas Calf Show

Published
Monday 30 Nov 2020

Agriculture students have staged their annual Christmas Calf Show.

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The event is organised by the College’s Level 2 Agriculture students, and involves the training and then parading of a variety of dairy heifers and beef cross calves, which were prepared for the show at Myerscough’s Livestock Innovation Centre, part of the College’s Lodge Farm complex.

Every year the students spend months planning and preparing for the event, with the Christmas Calf show now an annual fixture in the Myerscough calendar. The student’s hard work and stockmanship shows how they have developed their skills and confidence in handling and showing the animals, as well as taking pride in both their own appearance and that of their animal.

Usually, special guests are invited along to take part and judge the animals and share their knowledge and industry experience, but ongoing Coronavirus lockdown restrictions and college protocols meant that this year, spectators weren’t permitted to attend. This meant the whole event was instead livestreamed for people to watch at home.

You can catch up with some of the show here:

Craig Thompson, Head of Agriculture at Myerscough College, said: ‘’Congratulations to all our Level 2 students and their tutor David Iveson for putting on another excellent Christmas Calf Show, this year working under difficult circumstances.

‘’The livestock and the students looked fantastic and they made their tutors proud! Some of these students didn't even know what a halter was back in September and look at them now! Many thanks to our Judges - Mr Richard Lucas for the dairy judging and Ms Amy Wilkinson for the beef judging. Many thanks also to all our sponsors and supporters.’’

The full 2020 results were as follows:

Beef Judge – Ms Amy Wilkinson : Dairy Judge – Mr Richard Lucas

Best Dairy Heifer Calf – sponsored by Myerscough Farms

First

Kurtis Pollard

Second

Eliezer Dresner

Third

Emmanuel Fasan

 

 

Best Hereford Beef Calf – sponsored by the Hereford Society

First

Patrick Galbraith

Second

Milly Carr

Third

Reece Harlow

 

 

Best Aberdeen Angus Beef Calf – sponsored by the Aberdeen Angus Society

First

Jennifer Orritt

Second

Jasper Burgess (showing Sophie Clayton’s calf and who was self-isolating)

Third

Lewis Wood

 

 

Best Dairy Calf Handler – sponsored by Myerscough Farms

First

Kurtis Pollard

Second

Dylan Ashcroft

Third

Tom Morris

 

 

Best Beef Calf Handler – sponsored by the Aberdeen Angus Society

First

Millie Carr

Second

Jasper Burgess

Third

Amber Knox

 

 

Best Presented Calf and Handler for Beef Class – sponsored by the Aberdeen Angus Society

First

Patrick Galbraith

Second

Jasper Burgess

Third

Abbie-May Holden

 

 

Best Presented Calf and Handler for Beef Class – sponsored by Myerscough Farms

First

Eliezer Dresner

Second

Emmanuel Fasan

Third

Kurtis Pollard

 

 

Most Improved Calf Handler – sponsored by Chevington Cheese

First

Emma Pye

Second

Sophie Barden

Third

Will Stuart

 

 

Champion Beef Calf – sponsored by Bernard Rimmer & Barbern Pedigree Herefords

Champion

Jennifer Orritt

Reserve

Patrick Galbraith

 

 

Supreme Champion Calf – sponsored by AJ Bretherton Groundworks and Plant Hire

Supreme Champion

Jennifer Orritt

Reserve

Kurtis Pollard

 

 

by Dave Salmon

DSalmon@myerscough.ac.uk

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