The agricultural industry received a welcome boost from the resounding
success of the Borderway Agri-Expo event, held on Friday 2nd November
at Borderway, Carlisle, Cumbria.
The event attracted an estimated 5,000 visitors who were amazed
by the quality of cattle and sheep on show along with the presentation
of machinery demonstrations, breed society and trade stands which
totalled nearly 120 exhibits.
Operations Director David
Pritchard commented ‘the day has been absolutely fantastic. It is
a credit to the beef and sheep producers who have exhibited their animals and
it demonstrates the high quality of stock in the UK. Despite the recent
difficulties of the blue tongue disease and protection zoned areas, over 130
head of cattle were forward for the show and over 60 consignments of prime lambs
were also forward for judging.
“We have received some
most favourable comments that this event was greatly needed for the north west
area and there is no better place than the premier livestock centre of Borderway
to stage it.
“Our thanks go to the
mainline sponsors for this first event, namely Norbrook, Carrs Billington, Farmers
Guardian and Reeds Printers, along with H & H Insurance Brokers and H & H
Bowe Limited. We are also thankful to all our class sponsors who supported
us on the day.”
One of the highlight of the
day was the livestock judging. In the cattle classes the top accolade of
the day went to Tecwyn Jones of Ty Newydd, Llanrwst, Conwy with his heifer Black
Beauty. Cattle judge, Jimmy Mulholland of Great Orton, Carlisle congratulated
the exhibitors for their presentation of high quality stock on show and was delighted
to have the honour of judging the first ever Borderway Agri-Expo.
Black Beauty, a British Blue
cross sired heifer and out of a Limousin cross dam, adds this top award to her
other major outing of the season the Beef Expo 2007 held back in May. Tecwyn
said “this new event has been well worth the journey north. Black
Beauty is a super heifer and has retained style and conformation throughout the
summer months. We will be back next year to compete at this major show”.
The reserve championship award
was presented to local show enthusiast Mr Neil Slack of Plumtree Farm, Penrith
with his red Limousin cross heifer Rhiana. Sired by the registered Limousin
bull, Cloughhead Titanic, she was purchased from the renowned Carlisle Autumn
Suckled Calf show and sale in September from prominent producers Robert and Michael
Scott of Thirlwall Castle, Greenhead. (Full prize list attached).
The Solway Aberdeen Angus Club
held their annual calf show which was judged by Mr Neil Massie of Blelack, Aboyne,
Aberdeenshire. The Championship ticket was won by Messrs J & W Arnott
of Haymount, Kelso with their heifer calf Haymount Wilmor a full sister to the
2006 calf champion.
The sheep classes also attracted
strong interest and judge Mr Alec Brown of Stonefieldhill, Rosewell, Mid
Lothian commented that “for the first event there was an exceptional show
of quality sheep forward for judging. The dressed sheep were very well
presented, but the carcase of the lamb is also important. The show of sheep
can only go forward and progress for another year and given the fact that there
was more heavy weight lambs forward than light weights, exhibitors can prepare
more in advance for next years show.
“The event itself was
just what people wanted at this time of year, there was a good buzz and a real
The Champion pair of lambs were
presented by husband and wife team James and Gillian Whiteford of Tercrosset,
Brampton. Their untrimmed Texel cross lambs were greatly admired and caught
the eye of the judge who commented that the Champion pair were full of conformation.
The Reserve pairing were Beltex lambs shown by DR & DC Findlay of Birdridding
Farm, Leyburn, who were the winners of one of the strongest classes forward on
The machinery demonstrations
which took place attracted good interest. Throughout the day there was
straw chopping and blowing demonstration along with silage feed wagon demonstrations.
Another highlight of the days
activities was the Auctioneering Expo Factor competition which was an event designed
to let budding talent take the stage as auctioneers and impress the judging panel
of Neil McCleary, Lynsey Clark and David McNeil. After some hilarious bidding
the eventual winners were Stephen Graham of Millerhill, Gilsland winning the
over 26 year old category and Mark Richardson of Croft House, Kirkby Stephen
winning the under 26 age section. Our thanks go to sponsors David Allen & Co
for their support.
The Cumbria Young Farmers assisted
with the organisation of arrangements for Stockjudging and Stockman of the Year. The
judging event consisted of placing four beef cattle, four dairy cattle, four
lambs and also answering an animal health questionnaire. The final results
were announced and winning the Stockman of Year award was Ross Pattinson of Low
Lunethwaite Farm, Wigton, second was Simon Case of Plumpton Cottage Farm, Ulverston,
third was Richard Ridley, Woodhall, Hesket new Market and fourth prize went to
Mark Curr of Bowderdale Head, Newbiggin-on-Lune, Kirkby Stephen.
Plans for next year's event have
already started and a final date will be announced shortly. Anyone wishing
to be part of this exciting event please contact 01228 640924.
All Set for Winter Agri-Event - Borderway Agri-Expo 2007
National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival
Target for Beef Expo 2008