A record breaking £94,000 is being offered across the livestock
classes at one of the country's leading agricultural events, the
Great Yorkshire Show.
BPA Pig of the Year winner a Large White gilt, Portbready Beryl shown by Steve Loveless of Bridport, Dorset.
Entries have risen year on year at the three day farming showcase
which attracts competitors from across Britain. Last year the cattle,
sheep and pig sections were all full with 1,005 entries in the cattle
section, 1,561 sheep and 324 pigs. Dates for this year's event at
the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate are Tuesday 10 - Thursday
12 July. Livestock schedules are available from 1 April from the
Livestock and Entries Department (01423 546236)
Show Director Bill Cowling commented: "This will be our 149th
show, and the figures speak for themselves. Over the last decade
or so, our entry figures have increased as indeed have the number
of visitors - last year more than 135,000 people attended. We believe
that ensuring the show remains true to its farming roots underpins
its popularity. We attract both quality animals, and in large numbers
so that an award from the Great Yorkshire is highly prized. "
Mr Cowling, who has a mixed farm at Pannal near Harrogate, has re-affirmed
the show's commitment to its agricultural heart.
"We are in no doubt that the show will remain a focus for excellence in
farming and the rural industry. The cattle shown are amongst the finest in the
country - one of the sections where we have increased prize money is in the Commercial
Beef where we now offer the highest amount of any show for the Supreme and Reserve
(a total of £550). The sheep show is the largest in England, and we are
delighted that once again we will be hosting the BPA Pig of the Year competition
within our thriving pig section. All in all our reputation as a premier farming
event is well deserved."
There are 20 breeds represented in the cattle section, 33 in the sheep with a
new section for Black Welsh Mountain and 9 in the pigs which have new sections
for Tamworth and British Lop.
Highlights of the Livestock Section at the Show include:
All Beef, Commercial and Dairy breed classes
Supreme Beef Championship: Judged by a panel comprising of all of the Judges
from the Beef breeds
Native Beef Championship: Judge D Thomlinson, Carlisle, Cumbria
Interbreed Beef Group: Judge D Thomlinson, Carlisle, Cumbria
Supreme Dairy Championship: Judge J Gribbon, Carnforth, Lancs
Young Handlers: Judge J Strachan, Saxmundham, Suffolk
All Sheep breed classes
Supreme Championship: As below plus a Terminal Sire judge to be selected
at the Show
Interbreed Championships: Judges: A Lyons, Somerset; Mrs C Jakeman,
Chester and J R Raine, Penrith, Cumbria
Commercial Female Championship: A Lyons, Somerset; Mrs C Jakeman,
Chester and J R Raine, Penrith, Cumbria
Young Handlers: Judge M Withers, Beverley East Yorkshire.
Wool on the Hoof
All Pig breed classes
BPA Pig of the Year Heat: Judge R A Windsor, Nantwich, Cheshire
Supreme Championship: Judge R A Windsor, Nantwich, Cheshire
BPA Pig of the Year.Final: Judge W Gregory, Selby, N. Yorkshire
Young Handlers: Judge T Alty, Preston, Lancs
Interbreed Pairs: Judge: J Cloke, Solihull, West Midlands
Young Pig Interbreed: Judge: J Cloke. Solihull, West Midlands
BPA Young Pig of the Year Heat: J Cloke, Solihull, West Midlands
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is the organiser of the annual
farming and country show case, the Great Yorkshire Show and its sister
event, Countryside Live Food and Farming Fair. The Great Yorkshire
Show takes place on Tuesday 10 - Thursday 12 July 2007and Countryside
Live on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October. See www.yas.co.uk for
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity
dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. The
value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside
initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m.
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