Youngsters display skills in livestock and butchery event

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More than 100 young enthusiasts in the livestock, auctioneering and butchery sectors showcased their skills at the inaugural National Young Show Stars event in Malvern.

The event, held in association with The Three Counties Agricultural Society on 1-2 April, was hailed as a great success.

Chairman Neil Lloyd said: “For year one, the event has blown our expectations. The aim all along has been to have young people at the front of an event, as on so many occasions they are last in the running order at a show. They should be given the profile and credit they deserve.”

There were beef, sheep, dairy and pig team competitions, as well as individual contests for butchers and auctioneers.

Two youngsters went head to head in the butchery competition, judged by Devon-based Michael Alford of Stilmans Family butchers. The top spot went to Ben Greenfield, 17, from Leicestershire.

Sponsored by the Texel Sheep Society, Ben runs an on-farm butchery operation where he puts through 40 lambs a month for boxed lamb, farmers’ markets and restaurant clients.

Judge Alford said: “The standard of the competitors today was incredibly high and I’d be happy to employ either of them. Both the winner and the runner-up have different areas of expertise, but on the day it was the quality of Ben’s display that set him apart as a winner.”

The runner-up was 22-year-old local Ben Morton, based near Malvern, who took on his own butchery business a year ago.

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