Major breed shows and top cash prizes on offer at Borderway Agri-Expo

Livestock event at the Borderway Exhibition Centre in Carlisle last year attracted more than 750 entries, many of them from the younger generation

The Harrison & Hetherington Agri-Expo 2013, held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle
The Harrison & Hetherington Agri-Expo 2013, held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle

A total prize fund of £14,000 will be up for grabs at this year’s Borderway Agri-Expo, which takes on October 31.

The event, which aims to bring together the best of pedigree and commercial livestock from the length and breadth of the UK, features 26 cattle classes - including Baby Beef, Continental and Native Bred - with a champion’s award presented for the best animal among the entries.

A special class for Best Charolais Sired Heifer - sponsored by the British Charolais Cattle Society - is also being held this year for animals that have been shown in one of the preview classes on the schedule.

The day will likewise feature a number of breed society shows, including:

  • The Aberdeen Angus Winter National Show, incorporating the Walkers Shortbread Aberdeen Angus Show Herd of the Year Competition 2014
     
  • The Border British Blue Calf Show
     
  • The Beef Shorthorn National Calf Show
     
  • The Hereford National Calf Show and
     
  • The Simmental Regional Calf Show

In the sheep section, which features 20 classes, meanwhile, The Beltex Sheep Society will present £200 if the overall Champion pair of lambs are sired by a registered Beltex Ram and £100 if this is the case for the Reserve Overall Champion pair of lambs.

The British Texel Sheep Society, likewise, will present £250 if the Overall Champion pair of lambs are sired by a registered Texel Ram, and £125 if the Reserve Overall Champion pair of lambs are.

For the best pair of Cheviot Hill Lambs, the Cheviot Hill Sheep Society will present with the winner with an engraved tankard, while the overall Champion pair of lambs will win the Borderway Agri-Expo Perpetual Challenge Trophy.

The owner of the Overall Champion Animal, meanwhile, will receive £500 and there will be a Special H&H Award for the champion exhibitor who purchased their winning animal through the sale ring at one of the H&H auction marts. Home-bred animals that were subsequently sold through H&H centres will also be in the running.

Last year, the event at the Borderway Exhibition Centre, attracted more than 750 entries, including many from the younger generation, showing both cattle and sheep.

Entries for this year’s Expo must be submitted by Monday, September 29.

Event organiser David Pritchard Event Organiser said: “We are always very privileged to have such a fantastic showcase case of livestock at Borderway Agri-Expo.

“I would like to thank the farmers and breeders for their hard work and commitment in bringing their stock, because without them this event really would not be the phenomenal showcase it has become.

“This year we look forward to welcoming both our regular visitors, the young farmers and those who will be showing here for the first time.”

Jim Mulholland, from Cumbria, will be judging the main sheep classes while Colin Phillips, from Herefordshire, will deal with the commercial cattle.

Anita Padfield, from Norfolk, meanwhile, will officiate in the baby beef classes, while Ken James, from Cumbria, will judge the Mule ewe lamb class.

A list of scheduled livestock can be downloaded at http://www.harrisonandhetherington.co.uk . Alternatively, call 01228 406200.

Admission to the event is free and free parking will be available.

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