Great Yorkshire Show beefed up with three national breed championships

Popes Princess Cleo took the Supreme Championship at last year's show.
Popes Princess Cleo took the Supreme Championship at last year's show.

England’s leading showcase for beef cattle will host no fewer than three national breed championships at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.

New for this year is the British Simmental Cattle Society’s English National Show.

The event will also host the British Charolais Cattle Society’s national championship, held at the Harrogate showground for the first time last year.

In addition, the Beef Shorthorn UK Championship returns for a fourth year at the show which takes place from Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 July at the Harrogate showground.

Overall, the cattle classes are at full capacity, with a waiting list in operation and this will be the first time that the Great Yorkshire Show has hosted three national cattle breed shows.

The British Simmental Society first held its national show at the Great Yorkshire Show in 2010.

The society’s chief executive Neil Shand said: “The Great Yorkshire Show is one of the leading agricultural shows in the UK. When we held our show there in 2010, we were one of the first breeds to come to the Great Yorkshire for its national show and we were looked after very well.”

Show director Charles Mills said: “It is a real honour to have been chosen by three breed societies to host their national championship and means we really will be showcasing the very finest examples of these beef breeds from across the UK.”