Sunday, 4 July 2010

Stock Judging

Went to my brothers farm today as he was hosting his local Ayrshire Breeders Club in a stock judging event.
Basically, the farmer presents two or three classes of six cows/heifers and a guest master judge places them in order of merit. Everybody else judges them and those closest to the master judges placings win. There are mens, womens and junior categories.

Here is Sandyford Clover who was the breed champion at Cheshire Show last week.

These are some of  the views they enjoy from their home...

As children, we eagerly looked forward to stock judging events. They were usually held in the summer on four consecutive Friday evenings. It was a chance to try and win a few shillings and best of all there was always a reet good spread afterwards!

It was nostalgic for me today because it must be at least thirty years since I last had a go at stock judging. And yes there was a reet good spread. But best of all, I came joint first in the ladies judging!!! I was astounded, just going to show what a great stockman my father was and he taught us well.


  1. Hi Claire,
    I didn`t expect a post on your blog today, don`t know why lol! But it was a lovely suprise. What gorgeous cows, i love cows. I think they have such lovely faces. And well done you for getting a pize.
    I made the German Friendship Cake yesterday and it turned out really yummy. I`ll bring your portion of the batter & the recipe tomorrow to the Knit & Natter at the library. See you soon.
    Love Carole from Knit & Natter xx

  2. Well done you!! Proper Cowgirl! Yeee Haaa!
    PS - I hope your nephew is getting better - I hate when kids are poorly. xxxxx

  3. Just stopped by your blog for the first time. I love the pictures of the cows; I'm a very novice photographer, and I love pictures of farm animals. City girl that I am! I also noticed in the prior post you featured cucumbers and strawberries...and about the same time I did the same thing on my blog! Check out a good recipe for a cucumber and strawberry salad over at my blog if you get a chance. Yummy, if I do say so myself! Enjoyed your blog, and will be back!!