On Tuesday 17th June members of the farm staffing team along with eleven Woodchurch High School students attended the Cheshire County Show 2014. The show is an annual two-day agricultural show, held near Knutsford. Following the success of previous years both staff and students were very excited about attending and the expectations were high.
After a training session on the Tuesday evening where students practiced their showing skills, assisted by members of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and members of the farming community, we camped over in preparation for the competition Wednesday morning.
The students were selected for each class and they prepared well. We were off to an excellent start when Jaymie (Year 10) showed our sheep, Belle in the Best Mature Ewe class winning first prize. In the Best Shearling Ewe class, Cara, handled by Nicola (Year 10) took third prize. The success continued when Holly and her twin lambs Daisy and Dodger won first prize in the Ewe with Lamb to Foot class, handled by Liam (Year 10).
As winners of their classes Holly and Belle had qualified for the Best in Breed class. We were delighted when Belle handled by Jaymie (Year 10) was awarded Champion Best in Breed.
All eleven students were then entered in the afternoon young handler s classes. In this class the students are tested on their practical skills when handling their sheep but also questioned on their knowledge of the breed and individual sheep. All of our students did us proud however special mention should be give to Laura (Year 8) who was awarded second prize in the under 13s class and Liam (Year 10) who achieved fourth place both students were in larger than average classes which included some very strong competition from local farming families.
The students were exceptional throughout the trip and should be commended for their professional and courteous attitude throughout. A big thank you is extended to Mrs Linda Hackett and staff for their dedication and time in organising the trip.