All ages compete at annual competition

Ian Murray congratulates Harry Huddart who won the Young Farmers Class.
Ian Murray congratulates Harry Huddart who won the Young Farmers Class.

THE young and the more mature, beginners and the more experienced battled it out at Glendale Agricultural Society’s annual stockjudging competition, at Wrangham East Farm, north of Wooler.

The overall winner was Anne Fox, from Elsdonburn Farm, near Kirknewton.

She was also winner of the leading lady section. The ever-popular novelty class, which involved guessing the weight of four cows, was won by Rebecca Armstrong.

All the stock that was judged were bred by the Murray family, who farm over 100 head of cows plus followers and flock of pedigree Texel sheep.

The classes included Texel Shearling Tups, a class of Texel Gimmers and a class of Texel Ewe Lambs. There were also Store Cattle Classes including Charolais Heifers, cows and calves and Limousin cows with Limousin calves.

With over 70 competitors from across Northumberland, this was a tough competition. The overall winners were:

l Open Class: 1 Iain McGillivray; 2 Andrew Armstrong; 3 Robert Brown & James Dixon.

l Leading Lady: 1 Anne Fox; 2 Avril Aitkin; 3 Mairi Campbell.

l Children Under 16: 1 Jamie Comber;2 Joanne Fox; 3 Ellie Nielson.

l Young Farmers: 1 Harry Huddart; 2 Claire Nixon; 3 Philippa Shell.

Sponsored by Swales Yorkshire Dales Farmhouse ice cream, this event was hosted by Fred Murray and his son Ian.

Judging the cattle classes was Jim Ford, Cattle Procurement for AK Stoddart, Scotland’s leading beef processor while Chris Armstrong, auctioneer for Hexham and Northern was in charge of the sheep classes.

The Glendale Agricultural Society organises this annual event not only for a fun social gathering, but to ensure that stock judging skills are retained and developed so they are particularly keen to get the next generation of young farmers involved.

Glendale Show secretary Rachael Smith said: “Once again we had a fantastic turnout and had a great deal of fun with many generations of the same family competing against each other.

“This event has now become one of the foremost stock judging platforms in Northumberland, and is an important way of making sure that these skills are maintained. It was great to see Anne, who is a keen supporter of the Society, winning both the Leading Lady and being judged overall winner.

“On behalf of the Society, I would especially like to thank the Murrays for hosting the stockjudging. The farm was absolutely immaculate and it was more than evident that a huge amount of time and effort had been put in to showcase the fantastic line-up of livestock.”