Now in its 6th year, Borderway Agri-Expo
has made its name as the leading livestock event in the North of England.
Borderway Agri-Expo 2011
The 2012 Borderway Agri-Expo, to be held on Friday
2nd of November is however expected to be larger than ever with over
800 livestock entries entered from across the UK. The event, which attracts
over 10,000 visitors, will also see in the region of 150 trade exhibitor stands
and 20 breed societies attending all helping to make it the agricultural
spectacle it has become.
Organisers, Harrison & Hetherington have been
working hard to achieve an event that appeals to both specialist livestock breeders,
farmers and trade exhibitors alike from throughout the UK and now approaching
their sixth show they have fulfilled just this.
The inaugural Agri-Expo began with just 200
livestock entries and in a short space of time it has grown into a showcase for
some of the finest livestock in the country. It now attracts visitors, breeders
and farmers from all over the United Kingdom, giving farmers a chance to view
the cream of the country’s livestock, as well as network and catch up on the
latest news and technology developments away from the farm.
With a prize fund of £12,000 it is livestock
competition at its very best and will see some of the top breeders in the UK
come together in one central location. This year’s judges represent the four
corners of the United Kingdom and will have a tough job ahead of them selecting
the cream of the crop.
Borderway Agri-Expo showcases the very best of the
agricultural industry and this year’s classes are no exception. The Sheep Show
includes 17 commercial classes. There are also a number of special prizes with
the most prestigious being the Borderway Agri-Expo Perpetual Challenge Trophy,
going to the overall champion pair of lambs. Judging the sheep will be Mr Bill
McKinnon, Procurement Manager for Scotbeef Ltd, Stirling and also Brian
Ridsdale, a prominent mule lamb farmer from Cumbria.
With 19 cattle classes and almost £2000 in special
prizes up for grabs the cattle classes will be judged by two experts in their
field. Mr Gareth Corrie of both Corrie Meats and Drumhilla Farm in Northern
Ireland will judge the Native & Continental Cattle. The Baby Beef Judge
will be Mr John McAlister of West Thomaston Farm in Stirlingshire.
19 year old Nathan Grainger of Kiln Close Farm near
Wigton is preparing three British blue cross heifers to be shown. This is his
fifth year showing at Agri Expo and he says the competition gets stronger every
“There are a lot more people taking part now compared
to when it first started. We have taken third place in a class two years
This year though he thinks he has the breeding to
“The first show with an animal is always nerve
wracking but if you have trained it well there should not be a problem. It
takes about a month to get them quiet and I try and walk them every day for
about half an hour. It is all about spending time with them and getting them
used to different noises”.
The Walkers Shortbread Aberdeen-Angus Show Herd of
the Year Competition 2012
New Trade Stands including the Highland Cattle
Society, Blue Grey Cattle Group. Britmilk, Advantage Feeders, Kiwikit Ltd and
Cowcare Systems Ltd.
Skid Steer Demonstrations with C T Hayton Ltd
As in previous years many of the UK Breed Societies
use the Borderway Agri-Expo for their annual or winter shows and this year the
Angus Winter National Show
British Blue Calf Show
- Beef Shorthorn
National Calf Show
National Calf Show
Regional Calf Show
These Breed Societies play a major role in filling
the classes at Agri-Expo. This year entries for the Beef Shorthorn Classes are
up almost 30% on last year and Frank Milnes, Breed Society Secretary tells us
why Borderway Agri-Expo is such an important platform for the breed:
“We are very
pleased with the response and the success of Agri-Expo and this is demonstrated
in this year’s increased entries. At the moment the Beef Shorthorn Society is
going through a very successful period. We have increased registration and
memberships which can be attributed to the support that received through
Morrisons Traditional Beef Scheme in addition to people’s realisations that the
Beef Shorthorn is the ideal functional suckler cow.”
as Agri-Expo all help to raise the profile of the breed and to keep the breed
in the public eye”.
John Yates, Chief Executive of the British Texel
Sheep Society also commented,
“This year's Borderway Agri-Expo once again offers
an excellent opportunity for livestock breeders to showcase their stock, meet
up and visit the many trade stands to learn about the latest innovations in
breeding, feeding and livestock management. The event is a credit to Harrison
& Hetherington. The organising team have taken the initiative and listened
to traders and exhibitors in order to fine tune the event over the last few
"I have no doubt Agri-Expo will continue to
succeed and deliver a valuable service to the industry. The Solway and Tyne
Texel Club and the Texel Society will be offering further support to the event
and welcome both commercial producers and members to their trade stand.”
"The Texel exhibits at the event show what
Texel sires can achieve under a variety of systems and management regimes.
Consistency is the main priority when producing prime lambs and Texel sires
deliver excellent carcasses week in, week out, in volume as shown across
Auction marts the breadth of the UK. Texel have clearly demonstrated their
value to commercial sheep production standing up to the challenges of adverse
weather conditions, and rising input costs”.
Borderway Agri-Expo has made Young Farmers Competitions
a traditional part of the show, encouraging the next generation of farmers.
This year the Young Farmers Competition will include the hugely popular YFC
Stockman of the Year competition; the competition is split into two categories,
16 and under and an over 16 class. This title comes with prize money of £100
and is sponsored by David Allan Accountants of Cumbria.
David Pritchard, Operations Director of Harrison
& Hetherington comments on the evolution of Borderway Agri-Expo:
“A number of years ago now we saw a distinct
opening for an event like this in the North of England. It is competitive but
also an educational insight into the very best of UK breeding for both sheep
and cattle. We are bringing together the very best in the business and they are
showing us just how it is done.”
“It is an opportunity to bring together breed
societies and the trade stands that demonstrate to us the latest developments
in science and technologies that will all contribute to improving the
agricultural industry here in the UK. We are very much looking forward to
welcoming everyone to the Borderway Exhibition Centre on the 2nd of November.
It is sure to be a brilliant day once again”.
The exhibitions and demonstrations are always a
highlight and this year there are more trade stands and exhibits than ever. All
the country’s main Breed Societies for Cattle and Sheep will be on hand to
explain more about the special traits of each particular breed. There is also a
wide range of supporting services and machinery shows and demonstrations
providing everything from financial advice to feedstuffs, clothing to cattle
equipment, tags to tractors and veterinary services to vitamins.
Any major event is not
possible without sponsorship and support: Harrison & Hetherington would
like to thank all those who take part in the show, the livestock farmers, the
exhibitors and very importantly all of the sponsors. This year the main show
sponsors are Carrs Billington, WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC, Norbrook
Laboratories (GB) Ltd, Lloyds TSB Agriculture and Farmers Guardian. New
sponsors this year are Cogent Signature Beef the market leader in sexed semen technology
and supply with an unrivalled reputation for its world-class breeding
programme. Cogent’s unparalleled expertise, cutting edge technology and
distinguished selection of proven bulls gives breeders in the UK and Worldwide
access to superior bovine genetics.
Gareth Scott, Beef Sales Manager of Cogent comments:
‘Cogent are privileged to be one of the main
sponsors of the Agri-Expo, as we have seen over the past few years this event
grow to be one of the biggest and best winter prime stock shows on the
This year the Borderway Agri-Expo will be
supporting MacMillan Nurses. Throughout the day raffle tickets will be sold to
support a charity close to everyone’s hearts as well as profits from the
H&H Group Calendar. Last year the fundraising raised in excess of £3600 for
charity and Harrison & Hetherington are hoping to be able to raise a
sizable contribution once again.
Admission to the event is free and for more
information visit www.harrisonandhetherington.co.uk/agri-expo
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