Livestock on show
At t rac ting some of the very finest British livestock, and thousands of visitors from across the UK, Harrison and Hetherington’s Borderway Agri Expo is now seen by many in the industry as the UK’s leading winter event.
Annually, its reputation grows as both a livestock show and industry support exhibition, and the 2017 event, taking place on November 3, is once again a guaranteed agricultural showcase.
A key event for the industry, the numbers are impressive; the prize fund stands at £17,000, over 42 livestock classes and six breed society shows.
This year sees a real commitment from the exhibitors with 360 head of sheep and 565 head of cattle totalling 924 head of stock being shown in the livestock classes, with dozens of Young Farmers demonstrating their showmanship.
The livestock being exhibited highlights the tremendous quality of British sheep and cattle and the UK’s high standards of care in animal welfare and husbandry.
In addition to the commercial sheep and cattle classes and the baby beef classes, Borderway Agri Expo also features six breed society shows which include the: Aberdeen Angus Winter National Show, including Wa l k e r s Sh o r t b read Aberdeen Angus Herd of the Year Competition; Border British Blue Calf Show; Beef Shorthorn National Calf Show; Hereford Regional Calf Show and the Simmental Regional Calf Show.
The breed society calf shows have always been a highlight for many and this year many of the shows see a marked increase in entries. An excellent example of this is the Beef Shorthorn National Calf Show, their entries have increased from 55 head to 72, and as a result this year the event will feature a total of 11 classes.
Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society secretary Joanna Bailey said: “The number of Beef Shorthorn Open Calf Show entries is up by almost 40 per cent this year, a trend which reflects the breed’s overall resurgence. In the last five years, membership has increased by 55 per cent and registrations by 36 per cent.”
There is a hugely diverse range of more than 160 trade stands, with an outstanding array of companies from all sectors from handling equipment to pharmaceutical, feed companies, pedigree societies and industry bodies; many attending for the first time.
Each will be showcasing their latest products, their vision of the future and giving both expert advice and welcome hospitality.
They are drawn from the length and breadth of the UK, whilst at the same time Agri Expo plays an invaluable part in supporting the local economy and businesses in Carlisle and the surrounding area.
In addition to the livestock competitions there are also competitions for best indoor, best outdoor and best breed Ploughing, One Pass Seed Drill, Rolling, Heavy Discing, Agri Slot Seeder, Labour, Hedgecutting, Topping, Lime Supply & Spreading, Fertiliser, Spraying, Muck Spreading, Silage Hauling, Trailers, PanBuster, and more……. All our staff members are experienced operators and are aware of SEPA guidelines. Trevor, thanks you for your continued support and welcomes the opportunity for new business. society stands.
The younger generation have always played an important part in the success of Agri Expo, and through both Young Farmers classes and showmanship classes, it provides the foundations for competitive showing.
David Pritchard, the event organiser, said: “This year we have a young generation showing sheep and it is this next generation that will be the key to the success of the industry. Looking to the future is more important than ever in the pre-Brexit farming industry.
“As an industry platform the show itself not only plays a fundamental part in endorsing the success of British beef and sheep production, the trade stands and exhibits highlight the latest commercial and pedigree breed statistics, trends and cutting edge technology.”
Mr Pritchard said: “As the UK’s largest livestock trading business it is always a pleasure to welcome sponsors, exhibitors and visitors to Carlisle for Borderway Agri Expo.
“Throughout the year, the entire Harrison and Hetherington team always feel very privileged to have the opportunity to sell some of the finest livestock produced in the UK. By hosting Agri Expo it is the aim for us to provide a platform for our producers to showcase their livestock in a competitive environment and through the trade show to give people the opportunity to learn from experts in their field.”
Agri Expo Judging at last year’s event