ALL ROADS will lead to Carlisle in two weeks time when the UK's foremost autumn livestock event, Agri Expo returns to Borderway, Carlisle with a jam-packed programme and over 900 entries of livestock

Borderway Agri Expo, organised by Harrison & Hetherington for the 16th year, is expected to attract a capacity crowd once again to celebrate the very best of the UK beef and sheep industries on Friday, October 27.

The highlight of the packed schedule will be the highly-competitive livestock classes, with 22 National prime sheep classes, the Mule Gimmer lamb class and 25 National Suckled Calf and cattle classes.

Casting an eagle eye over the 2023 sheep classes is John Sinnet who farms in the Welsh Borders; North Wales farmer and breeder Gwyn Edwards will judge the Commercial Cattle classes, and Donegal’s Pearse McNamee will be judging the Baby Beef classes. Judging the highly anticipated Mule Gimmer Lamb class is noted Lancashire farmer and Mule breeder, Will Sedgley.

The Border British Blue Club Calf Show will be judged by Barney Morgan from the Alemeley Blues herd; the Simmental Regional Calf Show, will be judged this year by Heather Duff from Pitmudie Farm near Dundee; the Hereford National Calf Show will be judged by Twm Jones from Gwastadgoed, Powys; Esyllt Price will be travelling from the Llwynhywel Herd based near Aberystwyth to judge the Beef Shorthorn National Calf Show; and John Lohoar from the Glenbervie Herd at Fettercairn will be judging the Aberdeen Angus Winter National Show.

Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Agri Expo Event Organiser Laura Millar said: “Clearly the livestock are the stars of the show, but the schedule this year once again offers something for everybody, including huge encouragement to the younger generation of livestock farmers. Once again Agri Expo will offer a unique opportunity for all those involved in the industry to see and share new ideas, innovations and new technology. In the current climate of uncertainty and change we hope we can offer not only a showcase for excellence, but advice and information that will help the industry move forward into the future.”

For the next generation the event will host young Handlers classes and the David Allen Stockperson of the Year Competition – a specialist event at Agri Expo which test the skills, knowledge and capabilities of aspiring livestock farmers.