A STUDENT who decided to study at an agricultural college after seeing it featured in a television programme took top honours at its annual Stockmanship Competition.

Tyler Sambrook, 16, of Waltham Abbey, Essex, watched last year’s show which 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, the oldest college-run stockmanship competition in the country, as well as the way he showed it off to the judges. Students are allocated an animal for the competition. All are bred and reared at the college and become the responsibility of the student.

Helen Martin, agricultural course manager, said: “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.”

Reserve champion was Ben Hodgson, of Pickering, with a dairy heifer. Winner of the beef section was Isaac Brown of Kexby, near York, and dairy calf winner was John Chapman of Bridlington.