Harrison and Hetherington has announced the appointment of two internationally respected judges to officiate at the inaugural UK Dairy Expo All-Breeds event on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 March 2012 at Borderway Exhibition Centre, Carlisle.

Donald Dubois, Princeville, Quebec, is judging the Holstein classes and is recognised as being one of Canada’s leading authorities having officiated at a host of top shows within Canada as well as internationally. Mr Dubois judged the 2010 Canadian Royal Winter Fair Red and White Holstein show having previously judged the National RWF Ayrshire classes in 2007.

Mr Dubois was appointed an official Holstein Canada judge in 1997 and has officiated at major dairy shows in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and the Atlantic Provinces as well as judging at Expomig in Brazil. One of his recent major assignments was officiating at the 2011 Quebec Spring Show.

Brad Sayles, Ayr, Ontario, will be judging the Coloured Breeds as well as showmanship classes and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the event. Mr Sayles has had an illustrious career within the cattle breeding world having been employed as a sire analyst at United Breeders. The company amalgamated with Western Ontario Breeders Incorporated (WOBI) to form Gencor and Mr Sayles later held the post of Gencor Marketing Manager.

Mr Sayles also served as Marketing Manager at Holstein Canada and returned to the AI industry in 2007 with The Semex Alliance as Director of International Sales and Business Development for Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In 2009, he was appointed to his current post of Semex Alliance Vice President of Global Marketing.

A full list of programme events will be published in due course. UK Dairy Expo Livestock co-ordinator Glyn Lucas emphasised the show was aimed to appeal to a wide audience of commercial and pedigree breeders and also looked forward to having international competitors and visitors attend the event.

“We’re aiming to have strong emphasis on UK youth participation, including showmanship classes also open to competitors from Northern Ireland, Ireland and mainland Europe, in order to help foster future business and marketing relationships with neighbouring EU countries. Exhibiting the best available UK animals as well as, hosting a high profile sale of 20 elite heifers immediately after the Championship provides an exciting format for everyone involved.

“Harrison & Hetherington is delighted to announce two internationally renowned judges will be officiating at the inaugural show. UK Dairy Expo has been established as a prestigious national event and having Donald and Brad involved will provide an additional highlight for the exhibitors as well as, huge interest to our show visitors,” he stated.