GLYN HOWATSON, Ty Newydd, Nantglyn, Denbigh
The honour of judging the main cattle classes this year is Limousin cattle breeder Glyn Howatson, Denbigh.
Farming 486 hectares (1,200 acres) in partnership with his father, Glyn runs a suckler herd of 140 head, comprising mainly of Limousin and British Blue cross home-bred cattle. The better type heifers are retained within the herd as replacements and the remainder are sold as store cattle aged between 12-14 months of age. Glyn purchases his stock bulls through Carlisle at the main Limousin and British Blue Society bull sales.
The farm also runs 1,000 North Country Hill Cheviot breeding ewes which are crossed with the Texel and with the same principal as the cattle, the better type gimmer lambs are retained as replacements and the rest are sold for finishing.
Glyn along with his wife Eurgain and children Gruffudd (aged 14) and Elan (aged 9) enjoy showing their home-bred cattle and regularly exhibit at many of the national events. Show awards include Reserve Champion heifer at Agri Expo, Reserve Champion and Best Home Bred heifer at the ILC in the same year with the same heifer; Royal Welsh Winter Fair winning Supreme Champion with a pedigree steer.
Earlier this year, Glyn judged the North Wales Potential Show, but says the Borderway Agri-Expo is the largest competition he has been invited to.
He says: “Agri-Expo is a tremendous event with quality cattle. It is a huge honour to be asked and I am very much looking forward to it. I will be looking for correctness, and something that is truly showy with a good top line and loin.”