Suffolk Youth National Championship 2019

Suffolk Sheep Clubs and Branches have been encouraging our young people over the years with a variety of events and activities, not least Young Handler and Young Breeder competitions at a wide range of shows and sales.

For the 2019 Norbrook sponsored National Youth Championship there are 2 age classes, up to 16 years old, and 16 to 26 years old, at the 31st July 2019.

The Championship will consist of 2 parts – a stock judging competition and a multiple choice paper covering some key elements of farming today and, of course, the Society.

Here are some of the details:

Competition for 2019:

  1. The competition is open to any young breeder up to the age of 26 with an interest in the Suffolk breed and succeeding in the sheep industry.
  2. There is no requirement for the young person to be a member of the Society to be eligible for the National Competition.
  3. Age Groups
    1. Up to 16 years' olds (at the 31st July 2019)
    2. Over 16 and up to 26 years' old (at the 31st July 2019)
  4. The National Finals will be held in the Autumn where individuals will compete for the following trophies:
    1. Up to 16 years' olds – The Tillydesk Cup
    2. Over 16 and up to 26 years' old – The Westcarse Perpetual Trophy
    3.  Prize money for top three in each class
  5. The individual competitions will be a test based on 4 main areas:
    1. Knowledge of the History of the Suffolk Sheep Society.
    2. Knowledge of shepherding and sheep farming.
    3. Knowledge of sheep medicine and welfare.
    4. General farm maintenance and safety
  6. There will be a stock judging competition included in the Championship.
  7. The test will take the form of a multiple choice paper and competitors will be allowed up to 45 minutes to complete.
  8. The multiple choice papers will be age appropriate.


Click on the link below to download an entry form which is to be returned to the office by Friday 1st November 2019

For competitors under 18 then parent/guardian should complete the relevant section of the form 

For young members normally attending school and where the event falls on a school day then the Youth Officer will provide letters for school upon request

Click for 2019 application form