One of the country’s richest men was the guest of honour at an agricultural expo held in the region.
The Duke of Westminster joined more than 12,000 spectators at the Borderway Agri-Expo held at Carlisle mart, which attracted the largest number of entrants and trade stands in its eight-year history.
This year’s expo attracted 880 livestock entries, 165 trade stands and exhibitors from the length and breadth of the United Kingdom and was also the platform for 6 Breed Society Shows. Operations director David Pritchard said: “We’re very grateful to the Duke for his support of today’s event, and his role in promoting our industry. The success of this event really is down to the support that we have received from the sponsors, the trade stands, the exhibitors and the thousands of people who attended, and we are tremendously grateful to them and everyone who has helped make the show a success.
“We have received tremendous feedback and are absolutely delighted that Borderway Agri-Expo has strengthened its position year on year and provides a positive benchmark for the livestock industry.”
The supreme champion in the National Suckled Calf and Primestock Show was the heifer champion, Khaleesi, owned by Dermot Small from Northern Ireland and shown by Stephanie Dick. Reserve champion was the reserve heifer, More of That, from Phil and Sharon Sellers, Lincolnshire. Sired by Limousin Fieldson Alfy out of a Limousin cross cow she was bred by Andrew Harrison, Great Asby, at Penrith.
Judge Colin Phillips, from Herefordshire, said: “This was the best show in the country, and to see every part of the UK so well represented in the exhibitors was tremendous. The calibre of stock was second to none.” Commenting on the Grand Champion, he said: “It was a tremendous show heifer, full of meat, great style and squareness, and clearly, all round, the best in show.”
Taking the supreme sheep championship was Andrew Morton, from Denny in Stirling with the champion of continental/down lambs, a pair of Beltex ewe lambs. They are by Whitehill Too Hot To Handle (purchased for 2,500gns last year at Borderway in partnership with Jim Kennedy) out of a home-bred ewe.
The reserve, also a pair of Texel lambs in the same section were from R Hall & Son, of Dalston. They were bred from Beltex ewes by a Dutch Texel ram bred by Robin Slade.
The judge, Jimmy Mulholland, of Great Orton, was impressed by the winners, saying: “Two outstanding lambs which are ideal for the butcher’s market. They have hindquarters as good as you will get and it was their gigots which just gave them the edge of over runners up.”
The champion lambs bred from a Hill ewe were a pair out of South Country Cheviot ewes by a Texel, and were from Neil and Elliot Cavers, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, who also took the Hill bred lamb championship. Reserves were Keith Porteous, Richmond, with his pair of Mules, and Andy and Hugh Hamilton, Thornhill, were reserve with their Blackface pair.
The Baby Beef Championship was won by Mr & Mrs M Alford from Devon with a heifer Limousin cross Pokerlicious. In reserve was R Miller and L Wilkinson, Leyburn with a British Blue cross, Dashing Lady.
The “Young Farmers and Open Competition Agri Expo Stocksman of the Year” was won by Rachel Harrison of Harrop Hall, near Clitheroe.
During the Show, The Cumberland Agricultural Society presented its first long service award to Edward Twentyman, of Wiggonby near Wigton, who has given his life to Cumbrian Agriculture and in particular to Sid Bowe and his family at Midtown Farm, Wiggonby, where he has spent his entire career, of 50 years, leaving school at aged 16.