Cattle breeders from across the world set to head to Harrogate's Great Yorkshire Show

Cattle farmers from all over the world will be heading to the Great Yorkshire Show when it becomes the only agricultural event in the United Kingdom to be part of a ten-day world congress tour.

By Lucy Chappell
Tuesday, 24th May 2022, 11:26 am
Updated Tuesday, 24th May 2022, 11:49 am

The show has been chosen to host the delegations of farmers from Europe, Australia, America and Canada as they tour the country to exchange ideas of best practise.

This is part of the Charolais Cattle World Congress as the breed celebrates 60 years and the Shorthorn Breed Society World Congress as it celebrates 200 years of the breed.

Charles Mills, Great Yorkshire Show Director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the two World Congresses to the Great Yorkshire Show where they will see the best cattle in the country on display with the finest exhibitors.

Cattle farmers from all over the world will be heading to the Great Yorkshire Show this July

"This is a real coup for us and we are proud to be part of their visit to the United Kingdom.”

The Shorthorn Society marks its 200th anniversary this year and the Congress will give breeders from as far afield as Australia, Canada and Argentina the opportunity to see the best example of British cattle in the show rings when they visit on the Tuesday.

Guest of honour will be the Patron of the Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society and of the Shorthorn Society of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, The Princess Royal, who will attend the Bicentenary Celebration.

The Shorthorn Congress celebrates 200 years since the formation of its breed register, making it the oldest registered breed in the world.

Two hundred years on, there are approximately 6,500 animals registered annually between the beef and dairy societies and both sections will be on show.

The anniversary will be marked with 200 Shorthorn cattle at the showground.

As well as attending the Show on the Tuesday, which will feature a Dairy Shorthorn Celebration Parade, the Beef Shorthorn judging and special awards and presentations, the breeders will visit Shorthorn beef and dairy farmers across Great Britain and attend the Shorthorn World Conference on the Friday.

Wednesday evening, there will be a celebration dinner held in the Pavilions of Harrogate and on Thursday the National Show of Dairy Shorthorns will take place.

James Playfair-Hannay, the Congress Committee Chairman, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the World Conference and celebrating the foundation of the breed and we are looking forward to seeing our overseas friends once again, particularly after the last two years, when travel was so difficult.”

The Charolais Cattle breed celebrates its 60th anniversary and is hosting its own World Congress at the Show. Around 100 overseas delegates from Australia, Canada, USA, Mexico, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Estonia, France and Ireland will be attending to see the best examples of the beef breed, which always attracts high entries at the Show.

Chris Curry, the Charolais Congress Chairman, added: “Our members always enjoy showing at The Great Yorkshire but this year will be really special, with the addition of our overseas visitors and a chance for everyone to catch up again.”

The Great Yorkshire Show has become a four-day event after a raft of changes were implemented at the 2021 show due to Covid 19 regulations.

Tickets are on sale now for the show which will run from Tuesday July 12 to Friday, July 15.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, there will be no ticket sales on the gates, and they will be day specific to manage numbers attending.

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