The Northern Dairy Expo, one of the region’s premier autumn Holstein showcases, has attracted a new chairman and secretary as it moves into its 31st year, as well two new main sponsors, Newton Rigg college in Penrith, which is part of Askham Bryan College Group, and New Breed (UK) Ltd.
The college is installing a state-of-the-art £2m dairy unit, which should be nearing completion in good time for the new intake of students in the autumn.
Since Askham Bryan became involved, student numbers have increased threefold, indicative of the wealth of up-and-coming young farmers keen to get involved in the dairy industry.
New Breed (UK) Ltd, meanwhile, is one of the UK’s leading independent nutritional and animal feed companies, operating in North West England and South West Scotland .
Its focus is on enabling farmers to achieve their goals by using the latest knowledge gained from on-farm observation.
Judging at the expo this year will be Iwan Morgan, of Carmarthenshire, who has shown both pedigree Holsteins and Jerseys at home in Wales with considerable success for many years.
He has likewise judged dairy events all over world,
Also getting involved will be new committee member Richard Lawrence, known for the Lynholme herd from Grange over Sands in South Cumbria, while Joanne Fisher will be acting as secretary.
The Northern Dairy Expo remains a free event offering best dairy genetics in the country.
It will be held at Borderway Mart in Carlisle on the new date of Thursday, September 26.
Fisher said: “The show is looking very promising so far.
“We’ve already had quite a few enquiries and everybody seems excited about it.
“At the time of year it’s held, there are not many other dairy shows, so it tends to attract a lot of people because of that.
“We get people from Scotland right down to Cornwall and of course a lot of support from the North East.”
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