HARRISON & Hetherington’s 2022 Borderway Agri Expo was a true celebration of British agriculture and as the event was broadcast live across the globe for the first time ever, Supreme Champion was awarded to Limousin heifer ‘Sassy Girl’.
Within the region of 10,000 visitors passed through the gates to see some of the finest quality cattle and sheep the UK has to offer. The highlight of the day, as always, was the crowning of this year’s Supreme Champion, awarded to ‘Sassy Girl’, a 16 month old Limousin heifer from Little & Shortt. Reserve Champion went to ‘Prime Suspect,’ the British Blue cross heifer from Duffton, Small & Wilkinson.
Throughout the day, commercial and pedigree cattle and sheep competed in 127 classes, which included the five breed society shows: The Aberdeen Angus Winter National Show; The Beef Shorthorn National Calf Show; The Simmental Regional Calf Show; The Border British Blue Club Calf Show; and The Hereford National Calf Show.
There was also an abundance of young talent in the three young handlers’ classes. Spirits were high and it was fantastic to see so many members of the livestock industry out in force to showcase the phenomenal work that goes on behind the scenes to produce livestock of this calibre. For a full list of results please visit -https://borderwayagriexpo.uk/results/2022/sheep/
Overall Supreme Champion ‘Sassy Girl’ was shown by the duo Little and Shortt, and when scooping this award Allen Shortt said: “I’ve always dreamed of winning an event like Agri Expo and to do it with a homebred animal is the icing on the cake.
“We won first at the National Show in Ireland and she has been over here in Cumbria with Katrina and James since July. They have done a fantastic job with her.”
Judge Michael Allford said: “Both
Champion and Reserve have fan-
tastic conformation and tremendous fat cover. They are just what the market wants right now. Both have tremendous tops, but for me the winner has a fantastic body of beef which is what tipped it.”
In the sheep sections, there was a huge number of high-quality entries put forward for judging. The overall Champion went to R Garth and S Priestley for a pair of heavyweight Beltex, and Reserve went to Firm of Shawhead Farm for a pair of crossbred lambs, put forward in the ‘other hill bred ewe’ class.
A challenging task for judge Allan Wight in choosing the final two, he said: “Today I have seen some tremendous stock. It was a real challenge choosing the overall winner, because both the Reserve and Champion were very well balanced sheep and were shown to perfection, the overall winner was a perfectly matched pair.”
For the first time ever the event was livestreamed with viewers tuning in from across the globe. The trio of guest commentators was made up of Libby Clarke and Andy Frazier presenting the commercial cattle classes, and Scott Brown presenting the sheep section.
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