This year’s line up of livestock judges for the East of England Show is a who’s who of the pedigree world.
“We have some excellent judges across all the classes, but are particularly delighted to invite a large number of Scottish cattle and sheep breeders to the show to judge,” explains East of England Agricultural manager Kerry Buttriss.
“Cattle entries have increased by 50% on 2008 entries, while the sheep entries have increased by more than 40% with great support in all classes. The strong contingent of Scottish judges has helped draw in far more exhibitors and seen entries in both the British Charolais and Commercial Beef classes at a record high.”
The British Charolais classes will have current society chairman Ian Millar, Port of Menteith, Stirling, judging and entries for this breed are at a high, nearly doubling from last year. We equally have strong entries in the British Simmental Classes where Adrian Ivory, Meigle, Perthshire, will be judging, while Hazel Fotheringham (now Mrs Hazel McKnee), Forgandenny, Perth, will be judging the British Limousin classes.
In the native classes, Richard Rettie, Alloa, will be judging the Beef Shorthorn classes, while Carolyn Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmorland will be taking charge of the Hereford classes.
The Commercial Beef classes will this year be judged by well known commercial and pedigree breeder Harry Emslie, Mintlaw, Peterhead. “Interest in exhibiting commercial cattle has been fantastic this year, so we’re incredibly fortunate to have Mr Emslie judging,” adds Mrs Buttriss.
In the sheep classes, George Howie, Stuartfield, Peterhead, will be taking charge of the Texel classes, which along with the Hampshire Down classes has seen incredibly strong entries, both up on last year’s numbers. Mr Howie will also be judging the Any Other Registered Continental Breed class.
New for this year will be Norfolk Horn classes and the Show Society is delighted to have Joe Burns, Duns, Berwickshire, judging the classes.
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