New classes planned for Glendale Show

Judging the sheep classes.

Judging the sheep classes.

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A raft of extra livestock classes, including a new flock competition, will be introduced at this year’s Glendale Show.

Glendale Agricultural Society, which organises the show, expects a record-breaking entry following last year’s jump in numbers when more than 400 head of livestock was exhibited.

The showcase agricultural event, now in its 122nd year, will be staged on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25, at the showfield in Wooler.

A number of new sheep classes will be held, including the show’s first flock competition, focusing on the overall husbandry and performance of commercial flocks. A new sheep section has also been introduced for Non-MV Suffolks with four classes: Shearling ram; ram lamb; ewe or gimmer and ewe lamb.

The growth in popularity of the cattle classes has also prompted a number of extra competitions for 2014, including halter-led and new native and continental pure bred classes alongside the commercial beef classes.

Andrew Walton, chief livestock steward, said: “The livestock classes at Glendale Show are going from strength to strength. We are delighted that that the sheep and cattle entries have grown again in recent years and there is an increasingly number of the younger generation showing livestock.

“We are attracting exhibitors from further afield and as usual have a very high calibre of judges.

“The Glendale Show was very much built on and around livestock and certainly now we are in the 21st century, we’re delighted that we are still firmly established one of the leading livestock showcases in the Northumberland.”

The full list of classes will be available when the catalogue is published in May. The schedule will be available online at www.glendaleshow.com and from the show office. Exhibitors can register their interest in advance with the show secretary via email at info@glendaleshow.com

Other attractions include the cream of the North and Scotland’s livestock in the main ring Grand Parade, featuring class winners from cattle and sheep sections as well as horses, donkeys, alpacas and goats, the sheep show, sheep racing and main ring performances from Australian stuntman the Kangaroo Kid, plus the usual horticultural and industrial classes, food and crafts, trade stands and fairground.