Harrison & Hetherington have announced an impressive line-up of British and International judges for their flagship dairy showcase, Borderway UK Dairy Expo 2019, which will be held at Borderway Exhibition Centre, in Carlisle, on 9th March 2019.
The 2019 judging team consists of four highly respected individuals within the global dairy industry who will travel from North America, Canada, and across the UK for this major international event.
Carl Saucier, from Canada, will judge the Holstein, Brown Swiss & Milking Shorthorn classes; Molly Sloan, from the USA will judge the Ayrshire, Jersey & Red & White classes; Mark Logan from Northern Ireland will judge the National British Friesian Show and Ben Yates from Somerset, UK will judge the Showmanship class.
Carl Saucier, from Champlain, in Québec, has worked with some of the biggest names in dairy genetics and as a professional presenter for successful breeders in Quebec. Having worked for 27 years as progeny analyst for CIAQ, Carl recently starting a new part of his career with Semex as Genetic Development Representative. He has been an official judge for Holstein Canada since 1996 and judged several shows in Québec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, United States, Belgium, France, Portugal, Costa Rica, Australia and Japan and was associate judge of the National Holstein Show 2016 Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada.
Judging the Ayrshire, Jersey & Red & White classes, the Expo welcomes Molly Sloan from Wisconsin in the USA. A renowned figure in the intentional genetics industry, Molly has worked for Alta Genetics for 13 years, and is currently working for their holding company, URUS as Director of People Development.
She has judged major shows in 15 states throughout the US and has been a lead judge twice at World Dairy Expo, where she judged the 2016 International Ayrshire Show and the 2014 International Junior Holstein Show. She has also judged internationally at major shows in Australia, Brazil, France, Peru, and Canada, including the 2015 National Canadian 4-H Classic at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. She has also been on numerous All-American and All-Canadian judges’ panels for 6 major breeds.
Also joining the 2019 line up is Mark Logan from Northern Ireland, who will be in charge of the National British Friesian Show. Mark has a lifelong passion for the breed, which started with working with the Loughside herd of British Friesians in Northern Ireland, as well as the Carnageragh British Friesian herd. He has spent the past 27 Years as the Farm Manager of the Clandeboye Estate, in Co Down, who produce the Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt brand.
His highlights at Clandeboye include winning the Holstein UK Premier Pedigree Herd in 2007 and achieving a Master Breeder Award in the same year. Successes at Shows including Supreme Champion at the 2007, 2008 and 2012 Irish National Holstein Show and the Royal Ulster Inter Breed Champion in 2008 with Clandeboye Champion Willow. In addition, winning the Champion Jersey at the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Royal Ulster Winter Fairs with Clandeboye CR Evita also taking the Interbreed title in 2012.
Over the last number of years, Mark has acquired an impressive record of judging duties including All breeds at Agriscot 2016 and Emerald Expo 2017, The All Breeds all Britain Calf Show, The Dairy Event, The South West Dairy Show, Tullamore, The Welsh Dairy Show, Virginia, The Royal Welsh, The Royal Highland, The Great Yorkshire, The Royal Cornwall, UK Dairy Day and The Autumn Show on Jersey Island.
Ben Yates, who will head up the Showmanship class, currently manages the Y-Farm Partnership farm, near Shepton Mallet, Somerset, which is a modern unit milking 1,300 Holstein cattle on a 64-point rotary parlour. Ben’s time working at Smiddiehill Holsteins as a youngster is where he developed a passion for pedigree Holsteins and showing. This passion led to travelling around the world working with cattle in countries such as Japan, the USA and Australia. During his time managing The Wyndford Herd, Ben enjoyed success showing animals he’d bred across the UK and in Europe, the highlight being winning second place intermediate heifer at The European Show, Colmar in 2016. Ben has enjoyed judging many shows with highlights including the Coloured Breed Handling classes at the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show, Emerald Expo, Celtic Show Case, The All Ireland Calf Show & the Winter Show, Drenthe, Holland.
The Borderway UK Dairy Expo is now in its eighth year and continues to go from strength to strength. Over 7000 visitors attended last year’s event, to witness the extraordinary display of British dairy genetics.
Commenting on the judge appointments for the 2019 event, David Pritchard, Event Organiser and Joint Managing Director at Harrison & Hetherington, said:
“The Borderway UK Dairy Expo is now an internationally recognised event in the global dairy industry and a showcase for UK genetics. This is reflected in the calibre of judges that we attract, and it is an honour to have this fantastic judging team join us for this celebration of UK breeding. They offer a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to our event, and I thank them for their commitment to the dairy industry.
The standard of animals at this event is phenomenal, and the difficult task of judging must be appreciated”, concludes David.
The success of Borderway UK Dairy Expo continues to be recognised and the 2019 event has continued support from the sponsors; Holstein UK, CIS, HSBC UK, Norbrook, Farmers Guardian, Carrs Billington and Harrison and Hetherington.