With just four days to go preparations for the third Agri-Expo at Carlisle are well in hand and looking through the exhibitor list (I’ve been afforded a sneak preview) it certainly looks like there’ll be a strong entry of quality stock on show.
Among the cattle, both the champion and the reserve from yesterday’s Countryside Live will be on show and other big names in the primestock world, including Hugh and Lynne Dunlop and Alistair and Liz Vance from north of the border.
There’s a strong entry from southern-based exhibitors too, with Jason and Sarah Wareham heading up from Sussex and Milton Keynes-based Mike and Jean Dickens swelling the ranks too, no doubt with a strong team of beasts.
Among the sheep, once again both the champion and reserve exhibitors from Countryside Live will be on parade, as will last year’s Carlisle winner Andrew Baillie. Last year’s Scottish Winter Fair winner Michael Dunlop has also entered, as has leading local exhbitor John Hall, Inglewood Edge.
Alongside these primestock classes the event will also play host to Aberdeen-Angus, Hereford and British Blue calf shows, with the British Blues having Belgian judge Benoit Cassart to place the entries.
Other classes include the first breeding sheep classes at the event, with John Barker placing the class for the best pair of Mule ewe lambs, while the first dairy classes at the event will be judged by Rebecca Jarvis.