Do you consider yourself a good judge of stock? If so, enter the Farmers Guardian annual stockjudging competition, organised to promote the winter fairs we are supporting throughout the UK and you could win the top prize of £200, with two runners-up each receiving £50.
Our popular beef stockjudging competition is back for 2015.
The competition, which runs annually to support our media partnerships of two winter fairs, is again this year sponsored by Showtime, supplier of specialist livestock products for cattle, sheep, horses and other large animals, covering the whole of the UK and Europe.
Take part by pitting your judging skills against those of our professional judge to be in with a chance of winning one of three cash prizes. Winner of the first correct entry, drawn at random, will receive £200, while two runners-up will each win £50. Ranking Simply rank the four animals pictured (one being the animal you rate most highly), in the same order as our judge.
The winner of our annual beef stockjudging competition, sponsored by Showtime, is Andrew Holmes, Manor Farm, Shellingthorpe, Lincolnshire.
Mr Holmes, who correctly guessed the correct running order order of X,Y,B,A, wins £200 while runners-up Deian Thomas, Cerphilly, and Douglas Loudon, Balfron Station, each win £50.
The judge this year was Alan Beecroft who, with partner Heather Cornthwaite, owns CountryStyle Meats Farm Shop at Lancaster and, more recently, a large restaurant alongside.
As such, the eating quality of the stock they buy, both privately and through local auctions, is important to their business and, in placing the four cattle in the competition, Mr Beecroft said he had balanced straightforward commercial value with perceived eating quality.
“I placed ‘X’ first, as it has tremendous length combined with thickness through the loin and depth at the rear and in my view it is the obvious choice for first place.
“Animal ‘Y’ also has good thickness of fleshing throughout, though not quite the length of ‘X’.
“Animal ‘B’ is a tremendous heifer which will have just the right amount of cover, and it is a very close choice between this and my second placed ‘Y’.
“Animal ‘A’ is yet another really good beast but, at this stage, did not have quite the thickness and depth of fleshing at the rear.”
You will also be able to enter at one of the two winter fairs we are media partnering this year: Agri-Expo, taking place at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on October 30 and the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, Builth Wells, on November 30 and December 1.