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Bustling Carlisle Agri-Expo fantastic day for farming industry

IT WAS a case of like father like son in this year’s Young Farmer’s Competition at the Borderway Agri-Expo.

The winner of the under-16 Young Stocksperson of the Year was Langwathby teenager Joe Kidd.

And the 15-year-old was clear about how he achieved his success.

“My dad must have taught me well because he used to do quite well in stock judging competitions,” he said.

Joe, of Briggle Farm, who attends Ullswater Community College in Penrith, judged a Limousin and British blue before walking off with a rosette, a trophy and £100 in prize money.

Joe plans to go into farming and knows what he likes about the way of life.

“It’s just being able to be in charge of your own success really. If you work hard you succeed.”

Winner in the over-16 category was James Harrison of Clitheroe, Lancashire.

They were just two of the success stories at the event at Rosehill, Carlisle, which attracted an estimated 12,500 people from all over the country and had more than 800 livestock entries. It also had 180 trade stands offering a wide range of goods and services.

A total of 20 breed associations were there.

The overall cattle champion was Tecwyn Jones of Llanwrst, Conwy for the second year running. He won with a Limousin cross heifer, Black Beauty, daughter of Shire Apollo.

The top sheep prize was taken by Andrew Ballie of Carstairs Mains, Lanark with a winning pair of beltex crosses.

They weighed 38kg (83lbs) apiece. The win marked a second overall championship for Mr Ballie.

The event was organised by auctioneers Harrison & Hetherington and is in its sixth year.

The firm’s operations director David Pritchard said: “It was a fantastic day for the industry. The support was overwhelming, with huge attendance and an exceptional quality of livestock.”

He told The Cumberland News that the company’s attention was now being turned to organise next year’s Dairy Expo, which will take place in March. For full results see



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