Billed as England’s premier agricultural show, the three-day Great Yorkshire Show, organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, on Tuesday, Wednesday and yesterday, attracted huge crowds who experienced all aspects of farming and country life.
The weather for the 155th Great Yorkshire Show was a far cry from last year’s ‘wettest summer on record’ which resulted in the cancellation of the last two days of the 2012 show.
This year, more than £500,000 was spent weather proofing the site in readiness for the rural life showcase.
Nigel Pulling, chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, said: “What a difference a year makes. The contrast to last year could not be greater.”
As well as 8,000 animals competing for the championship prizes, the prestigious showcase of agricultural and country life played host to well known celebrities including author Jilly Cooper, TV chef Rosemary Shrager and gardening expert Christine Walkden.
Highlights included a mock battle staged by The Yorkshire Regiment each day in the main ring, with displays by The White Helmets, The Royal Signals’ Motor Cycle Display Team, taking place daily.
Top class show jumping and equestrian classes also took place with the prestigious Ripon Select Foods Cock O’ the North Trophy – with the 2013 Grand National winner Auroras Encore and his famous trainers Harvey and Sue Smith making a guest appearance.
Well known high street fashion labels including Pure Collection and Hobbs showcased their collections in the Skipton Building Society Fashion Pavilion alongside up and coming designers from colleges across the region, while the extensive food hall, country pursuits area and hundreds of shopping stands proved a hit with visitors.
Visitors got to enjoy the food hall and music from a range of bands, including The Yorkshire Volunteers Band.
Other highlights were sheep- shearing competitions and demonstrations of country skills – including dry stone walling, fly fishing and gundog training.
More than 5,000 of Britain’s best cattle, sheep and pigs competed for the coveted championship awards.
AYRSHIRE CATTLE RESULTS:
The Baynes family from Marley Cote Walls Farm, near Hexham, featured prominently in the Ayrshire cattle ring at the show.
Marleycote took the Ayrshire Junior Cow in Milk class with their homebred Marleycote Julia 2, and were awarded second place in the Ayrshire Cow in calf class with Marleycote Annette Ex 92. Judge Blaise Tomlinson placed Marleycote Marigold 14, second in the Heifer in Milk class and Marleycote were awarded third place in the Best Group of Three Animals.
Champion Ayrshire - Brieryside Supreme Esme VG 86 (Noremead Supreme Red) - S N Bailey.
Reserve Champion - Bailiffscourt Hortense 267 H1 86 (Horseclose Jubilee) - The Dowager Marchioness Of Normanby
1-Moathouse Adrianne 7 (Ardmore Crown Napier) - R Danforth
2-Fourth Milestone Mermaid 335 (Tontine Tigman) - J G Waterhouse
Heifer in calf
1-Beeline Star Rudi (Hunnington Kellogg Star) - S N Bailey
2-Rosedale Lady Stella 5 (Bailiffscourt Triple Fortune) - A & S Myers
Cow in calf
1-Sanderson Isobel MN3 EX 93 (McCornick Nelson) - D & C Sandeson
2-Marleycote Annette EX 92 (Marleycote Winton Robbie) - G G Baynes
3-Fourth Milestone Caroline 3 VG 86 (Fourth Milestone Robbie) - J G Waterhouse
Heifer in milk
1-Beeline Star Lora VG 85 (Hunnington Kellogg Star) - S N Bailey
2-Marleycote Marigold 14 (Poos Stadel Classic) - G G Baynes
3-Atley Hill New Years Lady VG 86 (Lagace Modem) - D C Alderson
Junior cow in milk
1-Marleycote Julia 2 (Muir Mr Magic) - G G Baynes
2-Fourth Milestone Polly 2 VG 86 (Twemlow Admiral Glen) - J G Waterhouse
3-Atley Hill AJ Pamela VG 87 (Yellow Briar Journalist) - D C Alderson
Senior cow in milk
1-Brieryside Supreme Esme VG 86 (Noremead Supreme Red) - S N Bailey
2-Bailiffscourt Hortense 267 H1 86 (Horseclose Jubilee) - The Dowager Marchioness Of Normanby
3-Middle Goergette MM EX 95 (Middle Maverick) - D & C Sanderson
Group of three
1-The Dowager Marchioness Of Normanby
2-D C Alderson
3-G G Baynes