Stars of the Future Calf Show fast approaching
A cracking line-up of 410 pedigree and commercial calves with further potential have been entered for the tenth Stars of the Future calf show, to be staged at United Auctions’ Stirling Agricultural Centre on Saturday 9 November 2019.
With a record entry at Stirling and attracting 164 exhibitors, a host of new exhibitors and no fewer than nine different breeds as well as commercial cattle, the judges will certainly have their work cut out for them with 66 classes, young handlers, native, continental and pairs championships to be judged simultaneously within three show rings starting at 8.30am, explains Stars of the Future calf show chairman Robert Paterson.
He said: “The judging format, will start with the commercial and breed classes, followed by the young handlers’ senior and junior sections, followed by the pair’s competition with the winning continental and native pair going head to head for the Joe Watson memorial trophy, and the show concluding with the individual interbreed senior and junior championships.”
Judging of the continental interbreed championships and pairs is in the capable hands of immediate past chairman of the Stars of the Future Calf Show, Adrian Ivory from Strathisla Farms at Meigle, with renowned pedigree livestock breeder and stockman Dennis Gall from Lockerbie judging the native interbreed championships and pairs.
Calf entries and judges include - 71 Aberdeen Angus and 24 Hereford’s judged by Robert Clarke; 32 British Blue’s judged by Ross Pattinson; 27 Charolais judged by Katreen Malone; 70 Highland’s judged by Donald Dempster; 58 Limousin’s judged by Michael Massie; 30 Beef Shorthorn’s judged by Dean Anderson and 42 Simmental’s judged by Simon Key.
The new classes introduced this year include Salers with 17 entered and will be judged by Iain Livesey and the commercial calf classes will be judged by Hugh Dunlop, with an entry of 39.
22 youngsters aged between eleven and eighteen have entered the young handlers' section so far and they will be judged by Elaine Pattinson. Entries for this section will still be taken on the morning of the event.
38 continental and native pairs have been entered from across the breeds, and pairs can be entered on the morning of the event from the cattle entered.
Over 50 commercial businesses, individuals and breed societies have supported the show in the form of sponsorship and main sponsors include ABP Perth, British Limousin Cattle Society, British Simmental Cattle Society and The Scottish Farmer.
Visitor entry to the show is free.
Robert continued: “The event will be a real showcase for the future stars of the pedigree beef industry in Scotland, with entries from all breeds going on to top shows and sales next year – this is definitely seen as the show to be at this winter and we are looking forward to welcoming people from across the length and breadth of the UK.”