As the industry’s leading annual youth event, National Young Stars, continues to grow and evolve, further changes have been made to the Beef, Dairy and Dual-Purpose sections.
Previous years have seen three individuals aged 14-26 required to compete alongside two animals under the age of two years. Now, in light of requests made from various breed societies and competitors, the competition requires just two individuals, still of the same age range, as well as two animals.
Competitors will still be expected to compete in areas such as stockjudging, stock presentation and ring craft, as well as put on a marketing and presentation display show casing information about their team and their sponsors.
“We believe the move to a pair of competitors rather than three will open up the competition and enable a better selection criteria for breed societies and sponsors, but also open up the field to siblings and friends living in a closer proximity who perhaps would have struggled to find a third member in the past,” comments event chairman Neil Lloyd.
Alongside this change, there will still be an award for the best under 16 competitor in each category. The sheep, pig and butchery sections will remain the same.
More information on the competitions will be available on the event website in due course and judges will also be announced in the spring. In the meantime, anyone looking for more information about the event should contact Tess Warby by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.