As anticipation starts to build for this year’s National Young Stars Show, event chairman Neil Lloyd announced at the Royal Three Counties Show on Saturday that the Royal Smithfield Club is giving its full backing to the event.
This year, the event which has gained fast momentum in now its forthcoming third year, is being held on Tuesday August 22nd and Wednesday August 23rd at the Three Counties Showground at Malvern.
Aimed at showcasing the vast talent this industry holds in its future stock men and woman, as well as budding young auctioneers and butchers, National Young Stars has already cemented itself in the show calendar as being an industry leading event for youngsters.
Alongside Neil making the announcement was William Bedell – chairman of Royal Smithfield Club, past chairman Angus Stovold and Three Counties shows manager Diana Walton. Mr Stovold said: “The aims of National Young Stars are completely in line with Smithfield’s objectives; in encouraging young people to work together and develop their skills within agriculture. They are essential for the future of our industry and Royal Smithfield Club trustees are thrilled to be involved.”
He announced that alongside their full support for the event, a Royal Smithfield perpetual trophy would be awarded each year to the team with the highest overall score and that a second Smithfield perpetual trophy would be presented to the Young Butcher with the highest score.
Adding his thoughts to this new relationship with Royal Smithfield, Neil Lloyd said: “The National Young Stars team is delighted with this announcement and welcome working with those involved at Royal Smithfield Club. The event is going from strength to strength with this year’s show likely to attract in the region of 25 beef teams, 20 plus sheep teams, about 15 pig teams and a dozen dairy teams, with individuals coming forward for the auctioneer and butcher competitions.
“Entries close on the 10th July and we’ve had tremendous interest from youngsters across the UK and Ireland and we look forward to welcoming our Canadian exchange team in the beef section, as well as visitors from USA, who will be researching the possibility of competing in the Pig section next year.
“We’re indebted to our sponsors and supporters of the event and the Royal Three Counties Show for hosting this ever growing showcase for young agricultural enthusiasts. Adding the likes of such a prestigious, worldwide industry recognised name such as Royal Smithfield Club will only enhance the event’s progression further,” added Mr Lloyd.