Borderway Agri Expo 2014 has been confirmed for the end of October and organisers Harrison & Hetherington are hoping for another record-breaking show.
The key autumn agricultural event is now in its eighth year and is aiming to be bigger and better than ever.
Featuring show classes for pedigree and commercial sheep and cattle, plus a huge breadth of trade stands, it is now established as a major showcase for everyone interested in the UK livestock industry.
The original Agri Expo featured just 200 livestock but the event has rapidly grown into a major show, attracting entries from all over the UK. The 2013 event had a total prize fund of £12,000 and more than 750 entries competed in 26 cattle classes and 19 sheep classes.
Like last year, when five breed societies chose Agri Expo as the venue for their winter shows, organisers are planning to feature a number of society competitions again.
Encouraging farming’s next generation, with a number of specialist classes for young and novice handlers, will also be an important part of the day again this year.
More than 12,500 visitors attended last year’s Agri Expo, where they had the opportunity to view some of the UK’s very best livestock, network with breeders and exhibitors, and take advantage of the knowledge-sharing available via more than 160 trade stands showcasing the latest industry developments.
Demand is expected to be high for trade stand places and 2013 was fully booked by new and returning exhibitors including breed societies and business ranging from machinery and equipment suppliers to feed and supplement companies and livestock genetics specialists.
Sponsors including Cogent, Morrisons, Norbrook, Carrs Billington, Lloyds Bank and Farmers Guardian have already signed up to support Agri Expo 2014.
Event organiser, H&H’s operations director David Pritchard, said: “It will take a lot of effort to top last year’s Borderway Agri Expo, both in terms of the quality of livestock that was exhibited and the sheer numbers of exhibitors and visitors who attended the show.
“But the event has grown bigger and bigger every year and we’re determined that 2014 will be another record breaking show.
“We couldn’t do it without the support of our sponsors, many of which have generously sponsored us year after year. We’re very grateful for their continued support, and are working hard to make Agri Expo 2014 the biggest and best yet.”
Borderway Agri Expo takes place in Carlisle on Friday, October 31. For full details and entry forms, visit www.harrisonandhetherington.co.uk or phone 01228 406200.