Great Yorkshire’s bluetongue worries

Nerves are jangling in Harrogate following the extension of the bluetongue surveillance zone which brought the Great Yorkshire Showground into the restricted area.

Livestock schedules for the 150th Great Yorkshire Show (Tuesday 8 – Thursday 10 July) had just been sent out to exhibitors with a letter inviting entries from all areas, but saying that entry cheques would not be processed until closer to the show dates to reflect the most up to date situation. This remains unchanged.

Bill Cowling, Honorary Show Director of the Great Yorkshire Show said: “Until this latest announcement we had expected to get most of our cattle and sheep entries from the North of England and Scotland. The announcement reverses that and we now expect most entries to come from within the zone – south of Harrogate.

“Having said that I think it’s very likely that the restricted area will move again before July, hence we continue to invite all exhibitors to enter. I am sure we will have an excellent show of cattle and sheep, maintaining our standard for both quality and quantity.”

For further information please see the show’s website