Getting ready for Dairy Expo

With more than 300 entries for the second Borderway UK Dairy Expo at Carlisle already received, the show is set to build on the success of last year.

The first event saw in excess of 6000 visitors at Carlisle to see some of the finest genetics the UK dairy industry has to offer.

Taking place on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, at Carlisle’s Borderway Exhibition Centre, farmers, breeders and judges will be coming from around to world to view the cattle entries, the International Dairy Youth Championships, the Classic Global Sale and 150 trade stands and exhibits.

Launched after identifying as a dairy cattle spring showcase for breeders and farmers, the Borderway UK Dairy Expo is an opportunity to compete and catch up on industry news and technological developments.

The classes and exhibits run over two days and begin on Friday, March 8, with the International Dairy Youth Championships and the Global Classic Sale followed by the cattle classes and presentations the following day.

Last year’s Champion of Champions was a superb Holstein bred by Andrew and Pat Wilson at Carskerdo Farm in Cupar, Fife. The Wilsons also won Champion and Reserve Champion for their Jerseys. Speaking about

his showing experience at the first Borderway UK Dairy Expo, Andrew said: “It was a tremendous event which was very well run. We had such a good day, everything went to perfection and we were over the moon to win.”

The judging panel this year underlines the growing prestige of the show with top international judges from Canada and Switzerland coming especially for the event.

Canadian breeders Barclay Phoenix judging the Holstein classes and Bruce Mode overseeing the coloured breeds will be joined by Monique Rey from Switzerland who will award the International Youth Dairy Championships.

This year’s event will see the introduction of the John Dennison Achievement Award for the dairy cattle breeder and exhibitor judged to be a high achiever and exemplarily role model for the industry. The special award honours the memory of the highly regarded breeder of the Denmire Holsteins, John Dennison of Scales Farm, Ulverston.

Entrants will be judged by a panel of leading figures in the dairy industry on their ability to breed, manage, develop, promote and exhibit dairy cattle and their sportsmanship, integrity and character.

Visitors will be able to see 150 commercial, machinery and educational exhibits.