Young Irish Aberdeen-Angus enthusiasts head to Peterborough, England, for YDP finals

The 2016 Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society’s weekend event, held at the end of September, which incorporated the National Final, was yet again a close fought competition in all three age categories, with judges giving particular praise to the younger end of the competitors. 
 Taking place at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, some 35 finalists gathered from across the UK and Ireland for a series of morning workshops and seminars, with the afternoon seeing the competitive end of the weekend as the juniors, intermediates and seniors who had qualified from workshops held in the summer excelled in areas such as stock judging, clipping and dressing and ring craft. The senior finalists, who were all competing for the chance of a world Aberdeen-Angus study trip of their choosing, also took part in a panel interview. 
Flying the flag for Ireland were David Rea, Catherine Smyth, Kirsty Manderson, Thomas Blackburn, Andrew Hamill and James Morrison. All competed to a high standard showing there is great talent within Ireland regarding stock men and women of the future. 

Andrew Hamill, Holywood, Co Down, came a credible third in the junior stock judging section of the competition, as well as a first in an incredibly competitive ring craft and showmanship class. Meanwhile, taking high placings in the intermediate section was Lisburn-based David Rea, who took second in the stock judging and first in the ring craft and showmanship.