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North East land agents and chartered surveyors Vickers & Barrass has renewed its sponsorship of the Northumberland County Show in a move that reflects its support for the next generation of farmers.

The County Durham-based practice will follow last year’s successful involvement as sponsors again of the ‘Young Sheep Handlers’ class, which sees anyone under the age of 16 presenting any breed of lamb for judging.

Dozens of youngsters from across the region will don their white coats to participate in one of the most competitive and eagerly anticipated classes, with the hope of landing the top spot at the county show in Stocksfield at the end of May. The firm will also be sponsoring the Champion cattle class in support of cattle exhibitors.

Vickers & Barrass will be sharing its stand - located adjacent to the sheep pens - with the Darlington Farmers Auction Mart, which has started work on a new agricultural centre. There, the firm will have an office in the new auction mart building as part of the development.

The sun shone brightly on over 28,000 visitors to the Northumberland County Show on Spring Bank Holiday Monday. With the highest attendance recorded at the Bywell site since the show moved there in 2013, the organisers were feeling justly proud of their achievements.

One happy visitor was Ian Murray, from Wooler. He and his father, Fred Murray, have been competing in the Youngs RPS Sheep Section for twenty years, selecting entries from the best of their 120-strong flock of purebred Texels. Ian was ‘Chuffed to bits!’ with his clutch of trophies for Male Champion Texel and Reserve, Female Champion, Group of Three and the Interbreed Championship, but the icing on the cake was when his gimmer was selected as The Champion of Champions. The competition, supported by JS Hubbucks Ltd Agricultural Merchants of Hexham, is the most prestigious award in the Northumberland County Show, and the winner chosen from a huge line up of breed and class champions from cattle, sheep, heavy horses and alpaca sections. This year’s judge, Trevor Simpson, Senior Auctioneer at Hexham and Northern Marts, said, “What I love about this show is how it brings so many people together, and gives them the chance to see such a range of quality livestock in one place. The champions were superb and I had a difficult choice, but in the end, the Texel hit all the points, and had marvellous confirmation and character.”

The damp weather didn’t deter over 23,000 visitors from descending on Bywell yesterday for the annual Northumberland County Show. The morning drizzle proved to be a big bonus for traders and exhibitors with retailers reporting record takings in the Indoor Shopping marquee, Taste of Northumberland Food Hall and Network Artists Gallery. The livestock and shearing marquees were equally busy as hordes of onlookers enjoyed the spectacle of over 350 cattle, 470 sheep, 130 alpacas, 600 horses and thousands of dogs, pigs, goats, rabbits and Guinea pigs being closely evaluated by the judges in each section.

At the end of the day, the top prize – The J S Hubbuck Champion of Champions – went to a magnificent Limousin cow called Glittered, with her calf at foot. Owned by the Messrs Jenkinson from Clifton Moor, Penrith, the judges commented, “It was a very difficult decision, but this beast is an outstanding example of the breed, with exceptional character and quality. Her calf also shows huge potential!” Sybil and George MacPherson, who featured in the BBC series, This Farming Life, had travelled from Dalmally to undertake the judging. Sybil said, “It’s been a huge honour to judge such fantastic animals. We have had an amazing day.”

The safety of our visitors, traders and exhibitors is always paramount to the show.

We’d like to thank Northumbria Police for their support and presence on the show field, NERAMS for their medical provision and Scott Mitchell Vets and Intake Vets for looking after the welfare and health of all the animals at the show.

Where is our Poultry Section?

Thursday, 20 April 2017

After much thought and consideration, and following lengthy consultation with our veterinary advisors and guidance from the ASAO (Association of Shows and Agricultural Organisations), the Management Committee have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Poultry Section.

We are very disappointed and saddened to not welcome the usual magnificent display of soft and hard feathered chickens and waterfowl, however we hope you will enjoy the Egg Show that will still be taking place. The organisers have expanded this popular section and look forward to a great display of white, brown, Bantam and Waterfowl eggs, plus several decorated and painted egg classes.

We hope that by 2018 we will once again be able to showcase some of the region’s finest poultry once again, and the public will understand how important animal safety is to the show.

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