A STUDENT who decided to study at a Yorkshire college after watching it featured on a television programme took top honours at its prestigious annual Stockmanship Competition.
Tyler Sambrook, 16, from Waltham Abbey, Essex, watched last year’s show featured on the BBC’s Countryfile programme and decided he wanted to study at Bishop Burton College, near Beverley.
He won for the preparation he put into getting his sheep ready for the event - which is the oldest college-run stockmanship competition in the country - as well as the way he showed it off to the judges during Saturday’s (April 5th) competition.
Students are allocated an animal to enter into the competition. All bred and reared at the college, they then became the responsibility of the student. One of the main challenges is always getting the animals to walk on a halter.
“We had no escapees or calamities this year,” reported agricultural course manager Helen Martin.
“I was immensely proud of all the students. The standard of competition was very, very high and the judges deliberated long and hard. It wasn’t an easy decision because of the calibre of the entries.
“It was lovely to see Tyler do well as he isn’t from a farming background and he decided to study with us after seeing the college and this stockmanship competition featured on Countryfile.”
The reserve champion was Ben Hodgson, from Pickering, North Yorkshire, with a dairy heifer. Winner of the beef section was Isaac Brown from Kexby, near York, and the dairy calf competition was John Chapman from Bridlington.
Jeanette Dawson OBE, principal and CEO of Bishop Burton, hailed the day as a triumph for the college’s Diamond Jubilee year.
“Not only was it about Bishop Burton’s long history but also about the future as this was the first year our campus at Riseholme in Lincolnshire joined in with the competition,” she said.
“The students were a credit to themselves and to the college. I must also thank our judges, sponsors and staff. This competition is very professionally run and proves that the skills of stockmanship are very much alive and thriving.”
Sponsors for the event were the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and Dunbia Meats from Lancashire.