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Young Members


2005 Jersey Cattle Society Young Members Weekend
12th - 14th August 2005

Twenty one young members plus helpers and parents enjoyed a fabulous weekend at Osberton Estates and, once again, our gratitude goes to Mr Foljambe for allowing us to use these ideal facilities, the Saxby family, in particular, for all the work they put in preparing beforehand and hosting over the weekend. Without this level of forethought then the young members would not enjoy it to the same degree, and it was rewarded by the fact that 2/3rd of those attending were new this year.

Feed, Breed, Classify

For the morning’s instruction in nutrition (Julie Sargent, Northern Feed Solutions), breeding (Sara Liddle, Semex), and classification (Andrew Spicer, HUK), the young members were divided in to groups by age and all the instructors set their delivery at a level where everyone learned something. One of the best enjoyed tasks seemed to be sifting dung to check the level of feed digestion!


Four teams of mixed ages were then given the task of picking ‘their showteam; preparing, looking after and showing the animals over a 24 hour period; making-up a herd prefix; producing promotional material for the team and selling one of the animals.

Such was the intensity of activity that it took the call of ‘supper’s spoiling’ to drag them away from their work – and after they were all back to tidy the lines for the night!

Not worn out from the previous day, Sunday was Show Day when everyone took part in a Handling Competition and the cattle were judged on presentation – thanks to John Dickenson (Thurlstone) as Master Judge who combined competition with sympathetic instruction. It culminated in a team effort to stand one of their entries and take her photograph (under the guidance of  Jayne Price)

Over the 24 hours a panel of judges had been assessing teamwork, animal preparation, tidiness of the lines, originality and effectiveness of promotion, and overall quality of work.


Everyone had a great weekend, made lots of friends and learnt a lot – as was demonstrated by Ben Haigh at the Carlisle Sale when his improved handling skills were a treat to watch, but it could have been any of those you members - well done to you all, it was a pleasure for the oldies.

Overall Individual (Model Cow Winner) – Milly Shipley (Pavenham)

Reserve (Brikath Trophy) – Isobel Wright (Fourcrosses)

Best Improved over the Weekend – Martyn Dean (Hoppickers)

Junior –
Amy Pilkington (Rise)
Intermediate –
Milly Shipley
Senior – Isobel Wright
Mature – James Wallace (Grahmar)

Team Trophy – Udderley Delicious ( Leader: Isobel Wright)


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