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YOUNG BREEDERS
ABOVE Six HYB members re-iterate the focus of young
breeders during a recent trip to Belgium, by demonstrating
team work and having fun, while promoting the UK Holstein.
into practice in the future. That afternoon we all squeezed
on to a bus and headed to a farm which milked 80 cows in a
brand new tie stall set up just outside of Battice. Six classes of
animals were on display for us to judge from calves to senior
cows. All the cows were impeccably turned out and a credit
to all involved. Quim talked us through the main points to look for
when judging and asked us to give reasons. It was interesting to see
her calf from a hairy bag of bones to a
how judging differs from one country to another.
dairy queen. All the calves came in the
That evening we ate with the host families, where the food was
top 10 which contributed to the points
good and the drink was flowing.
we were awarded, in which we were
Friday saw us having a marketing workshop where we learned about
placed 8
th
as a team overall. We had
different types and techniques of marketing and promoting animals
two members in the top 20, Izzy at 19th
all across Europe and in your herd. This left the rest of the day for the
and Andrew at 8
th
.
team to clip and prepare calves for the show the following day. We
All in all the team had a fantastic
all had to pull together to get the calves ready, the transformation
week, where everyone, all of different
from the calves we had been given on Wednesday to the Friday was levels of experience on the show scene
unbelievable, they were turned into showwinners. Max and Andrew managed to take something away from
volunteered for the night shift on the Friday night, whilst the girls each workshop and to improve their
went home to their hosts for a decent night’s sleep. The morning skills in many ways. Competing for the
came and on arrival the girls realised that Max and Andrew had had
UK team is a great honour and being
an enjoyable evening watching the calves whilst socialising with
able to meet young breeders from all
the other teams. Even with the lads a little sleep deprived, after the
over the world is an amazing experience.
washing and bedding of the calves, top lining got underway. The
Trips like this give you experience for
showmanship started at 8am and went on till around 1pm. All of the
life and we would all like to thank
UK team were placed in the top 10 in their handling, with Izzy and
Holstein UK for the opportunity to go.
Andrew flying the British flag in the Championship. Andrew then
It’s nice to know that we are not far off
went on to be awarded reserve champion handler of the entire show.
the high standards that the Canadians
Champion and Honourable mention went to two members of the
set. Our thanks must also go to the
Canadian team. The standard was exceptionally high; it was good to
see that the UK was up at the top with the best young breeders from
organisers and tutors for the school in
Europe and Canada.
Battice and most definitely to Phil for
After the excitement of the Championship, eight calves awaited us
accompanying us, we doubt that any of
to judge and give reasons, a chance for us all to put our previous day’s
the other leaders would have been so
tuition into practice.
willing to help and guide us.
That evening there was a BBQ where the different countries offered
Also a big thank-you to the team
food and drink from all over Europe for us to sample, which we did all
members, we all got on so well which
too willingly. This was a great opportunity for us to mix and socialise
made it such an enjoyable and amusing
with the other teams after a hard few days work.
week, we may not have won but we
Sunday began with us waking up at the crack of dawn, some
worked well as a team, with everybody
brighter than others, to prepare the calves for the conformation using their strengths to help the rest of
classes. Highlights included Rachel’s calf being awarded honourable the team, which at the end of the day,
mention calf of the show. Rachel did a fantastic job in transforming is what it is all about!
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