by Zoe Clear and Rod Kebble
(left to right) Glyn Lucas (judge), Andrea Vale, Jovial Precision Charmer, Sarah Howie, Dreammaker Sultans Rhona, Zoe Clear, unknown, Ross Murray (judge) at the award ceremony.
The Jersey Girls — a team composed of Andrea Vale, Sarah Howie and Pierrepont Farm’s Zoe Clear — won the Dairy Team event at the inaugural National Young Show Stars Challenge, held on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd April at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern.
The girls were sponsored by UK Jerseys and the show attracted over 100 young contestants aged between 14 and 24 from all over the UK and a team from Canada.
Although 20 teams took part in the beef competition, the dairy contest was just between a team from Askham Bryan College and the Jersey Girls. There were also separate sections for pigs and sheep, as well as for auctioneers and butchers.
The dairy contestants had first to create a promotional display (which took two days), that then had to be erected at the showground. Two Jersey calves — Jovial Precision Charmer and Dreammaker Sultans Rhona, supplied by Sarah Howie — had also to be settled in as part of the display.
The Jersey Girls stall, with calves Jovial Precision Charmer (having a kip) and Dreammaker Sultans Rhona (with her back to us).
On the Wednesday evening, the team had to visit a farm and judge five Holstein cows.
The next day, the girls had to prepare the calves for the show ring. This included washing and clipping the animals and “top lining” them in order to make any conformation faults less obvious. Sarah and Zoe showed the two calves, while Andrea did an interview. Zoe Clear won the handling, with Sarah coming third.
(left to right) Andrea, Zoe and Sarah giving the calves a wash and brush-up.
Sarah (left) holding the calves still, while Zoe clips Dreammaker Sultans Rhona (front) and Andrea clips Jovial Precision Charmer at the back. The girl with the black-and-white calf (yup, a Holstein) is Rosie Howarth from the rival team from Askham Bryan College. Glyn Lucas, with his back to the camera, casts a judge’s eye over things.
The girls have won a trip to a show in France next February. It is unlikely to be in the form of tickets for the Moulin Rouge — more along the lines of clipping a Charolais at an agricultural event in Brittany. We’ll let you know when more details emerge.
You can find out more about the girls and the show here.
Andrea (centre) making last-minute adjustments before the handling class.
Sarah (left) showing Jovial Precision Charmer and Zoe showing Dreammaker Sultans Rhona.
Zoe Clear showing Dreammaker Sultans Rhona.