THIS weekend (October 15-17) will see the annual All Breeds All Britain Calf Show take place at the East of England Showground, Peterborough.
The All Breeds All Britain Calf Show will see the top calves and handlers from all corners of the UK come together in the one show ring to battle it out for the National title.
Calves and handlers qualify for this event at their regionally organised calf shows, with at least one calf and one handler qualifying per class.
Over the past number of years Northern Ireland Holstein Young Breeders have successfully taken over a team of calves and handlers to the event that placed first in their classes at the qualifying Multi Breed Calf Show, which takes place at Dungannon Farmers Mart each year. This year however, due to regulations and restrictions imposed by Brexit, it is very much an impossibility for calves to travel across to the two-day event held in Peterborough.
“It is a shame that we can’t take over our team of calves this year to represent the club/country. The Calf Show which we held at Dungannon this year was one of the most successful ever and we would have had a great chance of featuring highly with the calves on the national stage,” said Northern Ireland HYB Coordinator Andrew Patton from Newtownards, “but we are, however, in a position that we can take over our team of five qualifying handlers.”
Ava Montgomery, Saintfield, John
Hamilton, Bangor, Harry Orr, Bally-mena, Lauren Henry, Stranocum, and Jessica Hall, Nutts Corner, all qualified to attend the All Britain event by placing at the top of their classes at the NI Multi Breed Calf Show in August.
The team of qualifying handlers will take to the show ring with calves kindly on loan from fellow HYB members from clubs throughout mainland GB.
Lauren Henry, Stranocum, was crowned Champion Handler at the NI Multi Breed Calf Show and is looking forward to the All Britain event.
She said: “It would be disappointing not getting over to see friends from throughout the UK that I haven’t seen for what feels like such a long time. It will also be amazing to get competitive in the ring again.”
The event was cancelled last year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Northern Ireland HYB would like to wish the five young members the best of luck for the showmanship classes, which kick off at 10am on Saturday morning. Keep an eye on the Northern Ireland HYB social media pages where the results will be streamed live as they happen.