Agriculture, equine and - new for 2022 - Animal Management students put on an impressive show at Bishop Burton College’s 61st Stock Skills competition.
The event is the oldest college-run competition of its kind in the country and sees students from Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire, competing in a number of different disciplines.
The idea behind the competition is to enable students to experience what it is like to prepare for a large show and they compete in beef, dairy, sheep and equine classes. For the first time in the history of the prestigious competition, a new goat class was also introduced this year, allowing more students than ever to take part in the event. Students practice grooming and clipping skills and ensure their animal’s diet means it is in optimum condition.
The students taking part prepare for months, developing the skills and knowledge needed not only to compete, but also to take into the workplace when they complete their studies at the college.
The event, held at the Bishop Burton campus, near Beverley, was attended by students’ friends and families, along with dignitaries and industry representatives.
Chief Executive and Principal, Bill Meredith, in announcing the winners, told the assembled crowd: “I’d like to congratulate all the students who have taken part and thank the staff who have helped make this such a wonderful occasion.
“I’d also like to thank all our visitors who are here to day – parents, families, friends, employers and supporters. Stock Skills is a real tradition here at the college and it would not be possible without the support of all of you.”
Under the guidance of master judge, Bob Richardson, officials named Matthew Anderson as the overall agriculture winner. Matthew has had a spectacular year having also being recognised in the Young Farmer of the Year category in the most recent Yorkshire Post Rural Awards.
Daisy Tinsley was named the overall Equine Champion and Overall Champion Agriculture – Matthew Anderson the overall Agriculture Champion.
Bishop Burton, which includes Riseholme College, is one of the finest land-based colleges in the country.
Both campuses have recently launched Institutes of Technology, which pioneer the development higher-level, technical skills and in precision agriculture and agri-food technologies.