Taking centre stage in the dairy competition at this year’s event will be two well known and highly successful judges who together bring a wealth of experience from all areas of the industry.
Judging the skills and team work in the clipping and preparation section will be Glyn Lucas. Glyn is head pedigree dairy auctioneer with Harrison and Hetherington at Carlisle and as well as managing elite sales such as the Black and White Sale, he also was behind the set up of UK Dairy Expo which has fast become a leading national dairy show.
As well as selling cattle Glyn also has a keen interest in preparing cattle for the show ring worldwide and has helped many herds to achieve success at national level. “It is a great honour to be asked to judge,” commented Glyn. “I believe the youth are the future of tomorrow and it is vital they are encouraged in the industry.
“When judging preparation and clipping I look for competitors that have the ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the animal before they start clipping. I also like to see level top lines that look natural, while belly hair should be trimmed and blended to make heifers look deeper and fuller.”
Then putting the exhibitors through their paces in the showmanship and stock judging sections is Brian Weatherup from the Parkend herd, Fife. Brian is no stranger to the show ring and certainly knows a good cow, having stood intermediate champion at UK Dairy Expo, as well as winning the Royal Highland Show in 2014.
As a HYB member Brian represented Scotland South three times at the All Britain Calf Show before going on to be co-ordinator of the Club taking them to victory at the rally and calf show on many occasions.
His previous judging experience includes showmanship at the Irish National Calf Show and Great Yorkshire Show and later in the year he will be judging the dairy calf and showmanship classes in June this year at the Royal Highland Show.
Brian added: “I’m really looking forward to judging the National Young Show Stars, as it’s always exciting to be involved in a first event. I will be looking for someone with faultless handling skills, someone who is confident but not over confident and someone who shows that extra sparkle on the halter above showing all the basic skills.”
Entires close on the 14th February, however, an additional week will be allocated for further entries.