A National Suckled Calf Show with a prize fund of £4000 will be major feature of Beef Expo 2006.

A total of 12 classes have been organised – six for Continental calves and six for native-bred calves – in three different weight ranges for steers and heifers.

And stepping up to the judging challenge is Orkney producer Terry Coghill who is a director and procurement officer for Orkney Meat abattoir in Kirkwall.

He also runs a beef finishing enterprise on his own farm, running calves from a 60-cow suckler herd.

Mr Coghill is no stranger to the judging ring, as he has previously judged all four major breeds – Aberdeen Angus, Charolais, Limousin and Simmental – at the Perth Bull Sales, as well as summer show circuit judging at the Royal and Royal Highland Shows.

The overall champion will walk away with a cash prize totalling £800, as well as a championship trophy.

Entry forms are now available from Euan Emslie (01430 441 870; E-mail info@beef2006.co.uk)