HARRISON & Hetherington has ann-ounced details of the judges for the five breed society shows being hosted at this year’s Agri Expo, with William McMordie of Ballydown to judge the Herefords.
The Aberdeen Angus Winter National Show will be judged by Fraser Cormack; the Beef Shorthorn National Calf Show will be judged by Pamela Nicol; the Border British Blue Club Calf Show will be judged by Chall Parsons; and the Simmental Regional Calf Show will be judged by Varrie Loggie.
Judging the Aberdeen Angus Winter National Show is Fraser Cormack of Jedburgh, Scottish Borders. Fraser farms on a small scale alongside his foot-trimming business, which he runs with his son. Having been a long-time breeder of Aberdeen Angus, until recently Fraser has been a regular face on the showing circuit with his cattle, including at Agri Expo. Nowadays Fraser spends most of his time working off-farm, and so the day-to-day management is down to his wife and daughter, making it a real family-run enterprise.
Pedigree breeder and farmer Chall Parsons, of Longtown, Cumbria, will kick-start his judging career by judging the Border British Blue Club Calf Show. Chall, who farms together with his partner Kate, took on the tenancy of their 175-acre farm four years ago and runs a small herd of pedigree British Blue alongside a mixed flock of about 650 commercial and pedigree sheep. Chall keeps about 15 pedigree Blues and uses embryo transfer to utilise top genetics in his herd. A recent highlight for Chall was selling Trent Valley Neo for £9000 guineas at Carlisle in May.
The Hereford Calf Show will be judged by third generation breeder William McMordie. William continues a 70-year family heritage of breeding pedigree Hereford cattle at his family farm near Ballydown, County Down. William farms in partnership with his father, who has also previously judged at Agri Expo, and together they manage in the region of 210 commercial and pedigree cattle, and over 175 acres of grass. William has been judging for over a decade, including at the Royal Highland Show and both Scottish and Midlands calf shows.
Commenting on his judging appointment, William said: “At Agri Expo I will be looking for cattle that are the type the market needs; good and clean through the middle, wide tops with a well filled loin, and good hindquarters.
“It is always a delight to see these pedigree classes at such big commercial shows. It shows how commercially viable the Hereford breed is and just how much it has to offer, not only pedigree breeders, but commercial ones too.”
The Beef Shorthorn National Calf Show will be judged by Pamela Nicol, who manages Doldy Farms in Angus, Glenisla. Following the purchase of its first pedigree Beef Shorthorn back in 2008, the 2,500-acre estate is now home to 24 pedigree Shorthorn cows, as well as 100 commercial cows and 1,000 Blackface ewes. Pamela has a wealth of experience judging sheep, however this will be her first time judging cattle.
Judging the Simmental Regional Calf Show is Varrie Loggie, from East Merkland farm near Strathaven, Lanarkshire, who helps out on the family farm around her full time work for a local graphics company. The 600-acre farm welcomed its first four pedigree Simmentals when Varrie was just 16, and today numbers are up to 60 head, which run alongside 700 ewes. A member of the Scottish Simmental Club, Varrie previously held a committee role for the young members, with one highlight being her travels to Australia to congress in 2010, where she represented British Simmentals.
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