Next Gen Herefords are delighted to be able to host a youth event alongside the National Hereford Calf Show 2021. Traditionally the calf show incorporated two young handler classes as part of the main event but this year it has been decided to host a separate Young Handlers competition on the eve of the calf show.
The competition will be held on Friday evening 19th November from 6.30pm – 9pm. The mart will be open from 4pm to facilitate the arrival of animals & we ask that all entrants arrive by 6pm or before.
If there are young people who wish to get involved but don’t have a Hereford calf then one can be sourced to ensure everyone who wishes is included.
The line up of the competition includes;
- Stock judging of commercial stock – Demonstration & judging
- Show Preparation and grooming – time to prepare & dress up animal
- The traditional Young Handler Classes – ringcraft & showmanship
The Group will be split into three categories depending on the age of entrant & the agenda is as follows;
Juniors (aged 12 & under):
18:30 – Young Handler Class
19:15 – Look at Hereford animals & attributes / colouring activity
Intermediate (aged 13-17):
18:30 – Stock Judging commercials & cuts of beef (Demonstration & own judgements on paper)
19:15 – Show preparation: grooming, clipping, using products, handler dress code (advice & help offered if needed)
20:00 – Young Handler Class
Seniors (aged 18 – 30):
18:30 – Show preparation: grooming, clipping, using products, handler dress code (advice & help offered if needed)
19:15 – Young Handler Class
20:00 – Stock Judging commercials & cuts of beef (Demonstration & own judgements on paper)
The overall judging for the intermediate & senior classes will incorporate an element of the stock judging and show preparation & presentation.
Sponsorship & Prizes
Next Gen Herefords are delighted to have the backing and support of Irish Hereford Prime, Farm Wardrobe & Tradeforus for this event.
- Irish Hereford Prime are kindly sponsoring a hoodie to each participant who takes part in the event.
- Farm Wardrobe are kindly sponsoring an Irish Hereford Winter Bundle to both the Intermediate & Senior Champion.
- Tradeforus are kindly sponsoring €100.
Each junior participant will receive a rosette, hoodie (kindly sponsored by IHP) & IHBS goodie bag for taking part & getting involved. There will be older Next Gen Hereford members available to help any juniors with preparations & showing & to ensure everyone gets a chance to get involved and has fun!
Each intermediate participant will receive a rosette, hoodie (kindly sponsored by IHP) & IHBS goodie bag for participating. 1st prize will win €150 voucher, Irish Hereford Winter Bundle (kindly sponsored by Farm Wardrobe) & Champion cup, 2nd prize will win €100 voucher & 3rd prize will win €50 voucher.
Each senior participant will receive a rosette, hoodie (kindly sponsored by IHP) & IHBS goodie bag for participating. 1st prize will win €150 voucher, Irish Hereford Winter Bundle (kindly sponsored by Farm Wardrobe) & Champion cup, 2nd prize will win €100 voucher & 3rd prize will win €50 voucher.
The vouchers can be used for a range of items including towards; IHBS membership, Hereford calf registrations, IHBS Breed Improvement AI straws, a heifer purchased at the Genetics Gems sale or other IHBS sales and/or merchandise from the Farm Wardrobe.
There will also be a draw on the evening whereby each participants name will be put into a hat and four prize winners will be drawn at random. 1st and 2nd prizes are €50 kindly sponsored by Tradeforus, 3rd and 4th prizes are a gift set of animal preparation supplies i.e. brush, soap etc.
Entries are now open via this link; Next Gen Herefords Youth Competition ENTRIES!
The Young Handler entries are free of charge. Every young person is welcome to part-take (whether connected to Herefords or not) and anyone who doesn’t have a Hereford animal to show can contact Louise and one will be sourced.
Entries close on 7th November at midnight.
Compliance & DAFM Paperwork
All animals entering the show & mart premises must be accompanied by a DAFM compliance certificate which can be applied for and downloaded from agfood.ie. The Calf show movement number will be sent out to all entrants after the closing date. Please note that all animals entered into the young handlers event and the calf show MUST be TB tested clear!
For further information or any further questions or queries please contact Louise in the IHBS office.