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Mule Gimmer Lamb Judge Announced

Borderway Agri Expo are delighted to announce that the highly contested Best Pair of Mule Gimmer Lambs class at their autumn showcase will be judged by Mrs Val Brown of Dovecote Barn, North Yorkshire.
Organised by Harrison & Hetherington, and being held on Friday 29th October 2021 at Borderway in Carlisle Borderway Agri Expo will see almost 300 sheep being exhibited across over twenty classes, including the Young Handlers and Young Farmers classes.  In her role as judge, Val will have the challenge of selecting the winning pair, from what is always a large entry of some of the UK’s finest mule gimmer lambs and presenting the winner with the NEMSA Perpetual Trophy. 
Val who has been heavily involved in the sheep industry for most of her life is no stranger to judging. She has judged mules and young handlers’ classes at local shows across the North-East, and has been a highly respected mule breeder herself for many years. On their farm near Leyburn Val and her husband Martin run in the region of 330 head of sheep along with their flock of mules, Swaledale crossed with the Blue Face Leicester they also breed and show Beltex Crosses as butchers’ lambs.
On accepting her invitation, Val said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to judge at this year’s Agri Expo showcase. I know Borderway well and have attended the event most years, so it will be a real honour. I am expecting to see line up of high calibre entries again this year - I will undoubtedly have a very challenging task!  
“When judging this highly contested section, I will be looking for lambs which are correct,  good on their legs, with good skin, plenty of bone and obviously there need to be natural pairing and they need to be good for the breed type.”
Each year the judges at Agri Expo play an integral role in the showcase, travelling the length and breadth of the country to cast their eyes over what is guaranteed to be the very highest quality livestock. Judging Borderway Agri Expo’s main cattle classes is farmer James Crichton from Loughrigg Farm in Cumbria. The Baby Beef & Cattle Young Handler classes will be judged by Argyllshire farmer Duncan Semple. Responsible for main sheep classes is noted sheep farmer and breeder Stuart Wood, from Aberdeenshire.
Scott Donaldson, Managing Director of Harrison & Hetherington, added: “The Mule Gimmer Lamb class, is always one of the most highly anticipated classes in the sheep section and, as highly respected mule sheep breeder, I know that she will make a tremendous job of judging. I would like to thank her personally for giving up her time.”


Posted: Friday 03 Sep 2021
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