NOAH VAUGHAN, the champion young sheep farmer at the 68th Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, says one of the secrets to winning the top prize for the third year in a row is using beer grain to feed his animals.
Brewer’s grain is the solid residue left over from the processing of germinated and dried grains, such as malt, for the production of beer.
Vaughan said it makes his animals more “chubby and well-done” for the annual competitions at the Denbigh show grounds.
For this year’s staging of the exhibit, Vaughan competed with a Katahdin male sheep from TrinJam Farm – a farm owned by his family in Clarendon – taking home the champion ram award, leading to his being crowned on Sunday. to champion sheep farmer.
He and his mother, Dr. Gabrielle Young, also a farmer and the founder of TrinJam Farm, competed together, winning in the Best Ram, Best Ewe Sheep and Ewe Lamb categories.
Since Young, who is a senior manager for the livestock support unit at Nutramix, is an advocate for artificial insemination (AI), a role derived from her responsibilities at Nutramix, her son is naturally drawn to the procedure and is also an advocate .
AI is the intentional introduction of sperm into a woman’s reproductive pathway for the purpose of conceiving other than intercourse.
The goal of AI is to improve the genetics of locally bred animals. The benefits of AI include: improved genetics, no need to find a bull to mate, saving farmers money to feed animals, less need for veterinary and technical assistance.
As he promised in 2019, the young farmer of TrinJam Farm confidently returned to the 68th staging of the main agricultural show, after a two-year hiatus, with better quality AI-bred animals.
“We’re trying to do the AI to bring out the genetics of each animal, each one of them is different. The genetics have been great this year. This genetics has been developed over the years, this is the strongest we have this year seen,” Vaughan explained to the gleaner.
With the help of his mother and TrinJam Farm, Vaughan started competing in Denbigh in 2018 and attributes his success to his mother.
“My mother’s hard work over the years has finally paid off. We all have great animals now,” he said.
The champion sheep farmer continued: “It feels really good because we’ve worked hard for the past two years without Denbigh. It’s really great to see all our results come to life and win.”
During the intermission of the show, Vaughan used the time to develop the strain of his AI animals and they were again found favorable by the judges.
His mother said she is pleased with the efforts and success of her son who is following in her footsteps.
“Noah has been coming to Denbigh since he was six years old, so now we’re moving on eight years, and Noah has just always wanted to come to Denbigh and we come every year, and he’s always inspired to come,” said Young. the gleaner.
She stated that her son’s quest for animal husbandry is intentional as she has always pushed her children into farming because “as children, they need to know where their food comes from”.
“Food is so essential and we see it more and more with what is happening in the global situation. So food security is very important and I believe Jamaica can produce more food,” emphasized the vet and farmer.