YOUNG sheep breeders from Somerset came out on top at a recent national agricultural show.

Chris Adamson, 24, of Spaxton, Henry Scott, 17, of Stogursey and Tolly Ridge, 13, from East Sussex headed up to the Royal Three Counties Showground in Malvern to compete in the National Young Stars event with ewe lambs kindly loaned to them by Kate Esler and Ed Simmonds from their Kingswater flock.

The team, which entered under the name of Kerry Hill Young Breeders, competed in various competitions including stock judging, trimming and presentation, ringcraft, public speaking and marketing and presentation of a team promotional stand over the course of the two days.

On the afternoon of the second day, placings were announced and the Kerry Hill team came first in the trimmed section, with each of them receiving a set of Heiniger clippers.

Commenting on their win, Brian Davies who judged the trimming and ring craft section, said: “These three young men are a credit to their breed and impressed us with their work ethic, teamwork skills and dedication to the competition.”

Having also won the highest points for the marketing and presentation stand in the trimmed sheep section, they won the overall best stand in the entire competition, across the beef, sheep, dairy and pig sections.

Gail Sprake of the RBST said: “The level of work and detail they put in to the stand as well as their consistent brand image across all areas of their stand and animals was impressive.

“These three individuals are clearly very passionate about the breed and are a credit to the Kerry Hill Society.”