An international line-up of judges has been confirmed for the Borderway UK Dairy Expo 2015, which will bring together the cream of British dairy genetics and talent from the industry’s next generation.
The event, which takes place at Borderway Exhibition Centre, will comprise 59 show classes, including the Dairy Youth Championships on and the Supreme Championships.
Harrison and Hetherington’s operations director and event organiser David Pritchard said: “Borderway UK Dairy Expo is now in its fourth year and has grown hugely since we first staged the event.
“We are attracting the very best dairy exhibitors and this year, we have secured the services of three internationally-renowned judges to appraise what we’re confident will be the very best of British dairy breeding and performance.
“It’s a big job with almost 60 classes on the card, which requires a major commitment of time and effort from our judging team. We’re delighted they have accepted our invitation to officiate and we’re looking forward to a competitive show, which will demonstrate the very best of the British dairy industry.”
The 2015 judging team has been drawn from the US, Canada and the UK.
Judging the Holstein classes will be Hank Van Exel from California, who with his family manages 1,800 acres and operates two dairies with a 1,700 strong milking herd of 1,400 Holsteins and 300 Jerseys.
Judging the coloured breeds, meanwhile, will be Stephen Borland, from Quebec, who owns Rapid Bay Jersey Farms Inc., an elite herd of 50 milk cows, of which 30 are classified as Excellent.
Finally, Claire Swale, of Lancashire, will act as showmanship judge.
Mrs Swale said: “Since having children of my own, it has really brought home to me how important it is to nurture and encourage the next generation. I’m looking forward to appraising the Dairy Youth Championships and seeing the development of key skills among our young producers.”
The Dairy Youth Championships and the Heifer Show will dominate Expo proceedings on the evening of March 6, with the Milking classes and Championships taking place on the Saturday.
Around 7,000 people from the UK and around the world visited the 2014 event and similar numbers are expected this year.
More than 130 trade stands will be included, sharing educational, commercial and innovation developments, and, in partnership with Total Dairy, a seminar will be held on the Friday afternoon at Carlisle racecourse, providing a forum for discussion on new developments in the dairy sector.
Borderway UK Dairy Expo 2015 will be supported by seven mainline sponsors: HolsteinUK, CIS, Clydesdale Bank, Norbrook, Farmers Guardian, Carrs Billington and Pickstock.
The livestock schedule and entry forms are available to download online or by contacting the Harrison & Hetherington Event Office on 01228 406 230.