Farming: Countryside Live expects a great show

Next month’s Countryside Live event is expected to attracts exhibitors from across the country for its cattle and sheep classes.

Entries for cattle classes total 188 with 277 for the sheep classes and a further 28 in the young handler classes.

The event takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October when more than 10,000 visitors are expected through the gates.

Countryside Live is the little sister of the annual Great Yorkshire Show

For the show director, Charles Mills, this will be a particularly special event as it will be his first in the role.

Charles, who farms near York said: “I’m very much looking forward to Countryside Live, it’s a super weekend and the quality of the livestock is always excellent.

“One particular difference this year is that because we are building our new Hall 1, the cattle judging has a new location. This will be in rings used for the Great Yorkshire Show and with a marquee covering.

“Many of our visitors and exhibitors are already familiar with this area and going forward, we will certainly be looking at this venue for future years.”

Competition will be fierce, particularly following last year’s win by Phil and Sharon Sellers with their Limousin X heifer, More of That. It was the Lincolnshire couple’s sixth championship title at Countryside Live and they have judged at the event too.

In the sheep section, the Clough family are returning to Countryside Live to defend their 2014 championship title with their Dutch Texels.

And it is very much a family affair as 13-year-old Max and 11-year-old Jake are also competing in the young handler section. They too have previously won top awards at the event.

The family farms at Stape, near Pickering and has around 150 Dutch Texels as well as a commercial flock.

And providing light relief will be the popular One Man and His Pig competition held twice daily in the outdoor arena plus The Sheep Show and Young Farmer Sheep Racing.