Live­stock on show

The Galloway News - - FARMING REVIEW -

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

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