New Classes Introduced for 12th Borderway Agri Expo

Now established as one of the leading agricultural events in the UK, Harrison and Hetherington’s Borderway Agri-Expo, which will be held on Friday 2 November at Borderway Mart in Carlisle, will see new classes introduced this year as a result of growing interest in this specialist industry show and exhibition.

The outstanding line up of judges travelling from Ireland, Scotland and England, now recognise this event as a major date in the farming calendar and will have the enviable task of ranking almost 1000 of the most impressive livestock from the UK.

Borderway Agri Expo Sheep Judging

Borderway Agri Expo Sheep Judging

Judging the main cattle classes is Alan Veitch, from Drumlone, in Co Fermanagh, in Northern Ireland, the Baby Beef Classes by Craig Malone, from Fife, and William McAllister, from Ballymena in Co Antrim will be in charge of the sheep classes. Renowned Lancashire sheep farmer, Thomas Binns from Hecklin Farm in Clitheroe will judge the best pair of Mule ewe lambs.

For the very first time, Blue Texel’s will be represented with a class to award the best pair of lambs, a class which is sure to attract some fierce competition with breeders. In addition a new class for a pair of Herdwick cross lambs has been added.

In support of the livestock sector, Harrison and Hetherington are also delighted to see a very strong presence from the national breed societies again this year, many of whom will use this prestigious event to hold their own breed shows, giving them the platform to showcase the qualities of their specific breeds to a very targeted audience. Joining this category, will be newcomers who acknowledge the value of attending this event.

As a leading industry event, Borderway Agri Expo is also a major platform for highlighting and showcasing the latest technology, equipment and information. In the region of 140 trade stands will be exhibiting machinery and equipment, livestock handling and management systems, as well as giving specialist advice on feed and nutrition and livestock genetics. In addition, there is the opportunity to learn more from exhibitors through demonstrations and there is a dedicated British Wool workshop session, to help sheep farmers maximise their wool’s potential.

Harrison & Hetherington’s Joint Managing Director and Event Organiser, David Pritchard, explains its increasing role in promoting and supporting the industry:
“The Agri Expo has become a unique event for the agricultural industry to come together to celebrate its achievements, meet with industry representatives to discuss current issues and gain knowledge and information about new innovations and technologies within livestock management.

“This year, more than ever, this event offers the farming community a valuable meeting point to remind ourselves, and our customers, about the fantastic successes of our industry and what we can offer global markets in the future.

“It also gives us the opportunity to encourage the younger members of our industry, who are full of optimism and energy and will take our products into new post Brexit era.

“I am very much looking forward to this year’s event and encourage anyone associated with the farming industry to attend, join the conversation and make this a truly positive and influential occasion which plays an important role in the direction of livestock farming.”

Demonstrating the importance of Agri-Expo to the industry is the support, endorsement and active participation of its mainline sponsors: Carrs Billington, Morrisons, Norbrook, Lloyds Bank and Farmers Guardian. All represent different areas of business within the livestock industry and all are integral to its ongoing and long-term future.

Borderway Agri Expo 2018

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