Superb livestock still the main draw

9th July  2013'Great Yorkshire Show, 'Pictured Cllr Margaret Atkinson from Kirby Malzeard with Klibreck Ecosse that came first in Charolais big bull class.'Pictuire by Gerard Binks
9th July 2013'Great Yorkshire Show, 'Pictured Cllr Margaret Atkinson from Kirby Malzeard with Klibreck Ecosse that came first in Charolais big bull class.'Pictuire by Gerard Binks
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With almost 700 trade stands visitors to the Great Yorkshire Show are able to buy anything from cupcakes to combine harvesters, however livestock is still at the forefront of the show.

Around 8,000 animals from across the country competed for the championship prizes across the three days of the show which is not the biggest in England.

9th July  2013 Great Yorkshire Show, Pictured Andrew Fisher with his champion Teeswater from Low Wood Farm, Pateley Bridge Pictuire by Gerard Binks

9th July 2013 Great Yorkshire Show, Pictured Andrew Fisher with his champion Teeswater from Low Wood Farm, Pateley Bridge Pictuire by Gerard Binks

Bill Cowling, Show Director said: “There’s no doubt that a prize card from the Great Yorkshire is highly sought after – at Harrogate we always have both quantity and quality coming in front of the judges.

“We usually have over 2,000 entries in the sheep section so that’s virtually a show within a show, the pig section is always popular. The cattle section is a real highlight - you won’t see finer stock anywhere than in the cattle parades in the main ring.”

Andrew Fisher, 42, from Low Wood Farm in Pateley Bridge won the female breed champion award for his home bred Teeswater Gimmershearling.

Although Mr Fisher said he was won at The Great Yorkshire Show quite a lot he still feels proud of the prestigious award.

He said: “It is more important to win here than at any other show because this is the premier show in England.

“It is competitive and you are up against the best here.”

Paul Bedford from Thorpe Hill Farm, Thorpe Underwood won overall championship and best male with their four-year-old stallion shire, Metherington Upton Hamlet.

Verity Taylor, the fiance of Paul’s son Matthew explained the show was a family event.

She said: “It means a lot to win your home show. It is always one we try to come to and it is always a pleasure to show here.”

Richard Percy chairman of the NFU Mutual Insurance Society said: “By far and away the most riveting part of the show is the fantastic live stock on show.

“Every year it gets better I think, it is especially good this year, top class if not world class live stock.”

County Councillor’s Delight

North Yorkshire County Councillor Margaret Atkinson was delighted to take home the first place rosette in Charolais big bull class on the first day of the Great Yorkshire Show.

Coun Atkinson who also sits on Harrogate Borough Council, farms at Kirkby Malzeard. She said she was honoured to win at her local show.

“It is a fantastic show, it’s the best in the country, it feels fantastic to come here and win.

“This show is the biggest in the country now and it attracts the best competitors from across Yorkshire.

“It’s very busy this year, after last years washout.

“You can just tell there is a great atmosphere around the place.”

Coun Atkinson has kept cattle for over 25 years after her husband bought her three cows for her 40th birthday present.

She said: “It took a few years before I started winning anything but I have done quite well since.”