Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Judges Appointed for Autumn's Key Livestock Event; AGRI EXPO

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Judges Appointed for Autumn's Key Livestock Event; AGRI EXPO

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Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE line-up of judges for Harrison and Hetherington's 2016 Borderway Agri Expo has been announced.

Casting their expert eyes over the event, to be held at Borderway, Carlisle, on, October 28, will be Cumbrian duo Jimmy Mulholland and William Wallace as well as Michael Durno and Haig Murray from Scotland.

With a prize fund of PS15,000 and entries increasing year on year, the expo is now considered the leading autumn livestock event in the UK.

More than 800 head of high-calibre cattle, including sections for pedigree-breed society calf shows, and sheep, will be showcased.

Mr Mulholland, of Great Orton, is a renowned butcher and cattle breeder.

A regular on the judging scene at English, Scottish and Welsh winter fairs, he judged the first April Expo 10 years ago and has since then seen vast shift in consumer demand.

Prioritising uniformity and consistency in his approach, he will oversee the main cattle classes this time round.

Mr Mullholland said: "I am honoured to be invited back to Borderway Agri Expo.

"There have been a lot of industry changes since I first judged there 10 years ago but I will be looking for very similar qualities in the animals in terms of style and correctness as well as meat in the right places.

"This event is very important for the industry as a whole and its central location makes it accessible for breeders all over the UK to bring livestock.

"I think that, for the showman, this is the major UK event to win."

Judging the baby beef classes, meanwhile, will be Mr Durno, of Auchorachan, Glenlivet, a pedigree Charolais, Simmental and commercial cattle breeder with a lifetime's experience of showing calves.

Although attending the Expo as a judge for the first time, he is no stranger to Carlisle, having previously judged the Charolais May Sale and Limousin Bull Sale.

He said he was looking forward to seeing the outstanding quality of calves presented for judging and will be looking for good, correct cattle that show a bit of flair. …

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