FARMERS in south Cumbria have just days left to get in their entries for the prestigious 2021 Borderway Agri Expo.

Since its inception 15 years ago, Harrison & Hetherington's autumn showcase has attracted some of the finest commercial sheep and cattle from across the UK, along with the best of the best pedigree genetics across its pedigree shows. Taking place on October 29, at Borderway, Carlisle and with a prize fund of £12,000, this year the event is once again set to feature hundreds of livestock, and already a huge number of entries have been received.

With over 80 classes, Agri Expo has regularly seen in excess of 770 entries across its commercial and pedigree cattle, baby beef, and sheep classes and each year seems to grow in size, scope and reputation.

Borderway Agri Expo is very important to the industry. It is the biggest show in the UK for commercial cattle and it really demonstrates the quality of what is produced from the four nations. It is also a big platform for the pedigree breeders, who use it as a shop window to promote and sell their stock on for breeding.

Judges are each chosen for their expertise and specialist knowledge. Judging the main Cattle Classes is farmer James Crichton from Loughrigg Farm at Egremont in Cumbria. The Baby Beef & Cattle Young Handler Judge will be Argyllshire farmer, Duncan Semple, of Dippen Farm near Carradale. Responsible for the main Sheep Classes is noted sheep farmer and breeder Stuart Wood, former Auctioneer from Aberdeenshire.

Lynne Grieve, who heads up and oversees the livestock entries each year, said: “I would like just to reiterate, that Borderway Agri Expo would not be possible at all without the hundreds of stockmen and women who proudly present their sheep and cattle.”