BEEF CATTLE CLASSES
Gapshields, Brampton, Cumbria.
Judging the special Mule ewe lamb class this year will be local Cumbrian farmer, William Wallace who farms at Gapshields, Brampton. Farming alongside his wife, Christine, William manages 650 Swaledale ewes and 25 Bluefaced Leicesters together with a herd of 60 Suckler Cows which are mainly Limousin crosses.
The family have been at Gapshields for 44 years and farm 600 acres which includes about 150 acres of rented land.
William is a regular exhibitor at the H&H sale centres as he sells stock through the Carlisle and Lazonby markets and purchases Swaledales through the Middleton in Teesdale centre.
A feature of the sales is the great ‘Alston Moor’ mule gimmer lamb show & sale where he won the ‘best of lamb’. At the Bluefaced Leicester show & sale at Carlisle he sold a 1st prize ram for £10,000 and this year won the 1st prize rosette with a shearling ram.
Pens of suckled calves from Gapshield are sold through Carlisle at the main spring and autumn sales.
William is a great supporter of his local Gilsland Show where he has won the overall champion pen of Mule lambs in recent years and he also exhibits at Alston Show.
William has also taken centre stage in the judging rings and has been honoured to officiate in the Mule and Bluefaced Leicester rings at the Great Yorkshire, Kilnsey, Peebles, Northumberland, Cumberland and Penrith Shows.
Having attended Borderway Agri Expo as a spectator annually since its launch in 2007, William said: “I am delighted to have been asked to judge at Borderway Agri Expo as the quality of livestock on show really is fantastic. In judging the Mule Gimmer class I will be looking for a well matched pair, full of breed characteristics, colour and skin.”