Holstein UK and Holstein Young Breeders (HYB) have announced that junior competitor Emily Davis from Devon HYB Club will be representing the UK at the Masters Open competition in Verden, Germany in February.

She will be the junior competitor in a team of two, the first ever team to compete.

Taking place between Monday February 24 and Thursday February 27, the event sees young breeders from across Europe participate in clipping and showmanship competitions in two age categories. The Junior category is open to competitors aged 16-20.

On arrival in Verden, the team will be assigned their heifer ahead of the clipping and showmanship competitions on Tuesday and Wednesday. The competition will end on Wednesday afternoon, with the results announced at the Young Breeder’s award ceremony.

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Following the announcement of the competition results, the team will then be able to watch the Masterrind Exclusive Auction before finishing the day at the Dairy Breeder’s party. On Thursday, the team will then get to experience the 47th 'Schau der Besten' Holstein cattle show where 200 cows will compete to become 'Miss Schau der Besten 2020'.

Eighteen year old Emily lives on the family farm in Devon with their herd of pedigree Holsteins, Jerseys and Ayrshires. She is currently studying for her level three extended diploma in agriculture as well as working one day a week at Kivells agricultural market. Emily has been showing cattle since she was four years old and has been a member of Devon HYB for the last three years.

Her show career highlights include: Breed Champion Handler and Interbreed Champion Handler at the South West Dairy Event for two years running. She has also had a great success rate at the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show. Her greatest achievement in HYB was winning the intermediate linear stockjudging and coming second in the intermediate stockjudging for Devon.