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Friday 1st
September 2017

About Northern Expo

The Northern Expo, in three decades, has established itself as a regular autumn show fixture and one of the best in the U.K, boasting an impressive line-up of cattle and attracting the world’s top judges.

Northern Expo’s beginnings came with the decision to hold a club show in 1982 by members of the North West Holstein Breeders Club, then a fledgling club.

The 1982 show immediately enjoyed popularity, attracting a creditable 74 head of cattle from 21 exhibitors that year. While early honours were dominated by the Parboldhall and Greengill prefixes, enthusiasm, quality and numbers continued to grow resulting in more than one re-location for the event.

Over the last decade and more the show has witnessed continued development, which always welcomes new faces to enter as exhibitors. The quality and professionalism of the event has rapidly developed under a progressive show committee.

Northern Expo in its present form was born in 1996, welcoming entries from beyond the original club’s membership and attracting the very best Holsteins from as far apart as Doncaster, Aberdeen, Blackpool and the Scottish Borders.

Press Release 4th May 2016


The 2015 Northern Dairy Expo was another great success, an Auction of Promises was also held at the show with 50% of the proceeds going to the Motor Neurone Disease charity on behalf of Cycling for Bryan. A fantastic total of £1840 was raised at the auction. The committee would like to thank all those who donated prizes and to everyone who bid on the night. This is a tremendous effort and we thank you for so kindly making it happen.

The 2016 show will be held on Thursday 20th October once again at Borderway Mart. This year’s judge will be David Gray.

David GrayDavid has travelled the length and breadth of the cattle-breeding world, but his roots are firmly established in Scotland. The family business is based at Drumtall Farm, East Kilbride, near Glasgow. His parents, James and Moira, dispersed their 50-cow herd in 2010 at Borderway and the decision allowed David to revamp the traditional farm buildings. David is married to Julie, and the pair have two young children, Callum and Erica. Mr Gray runs and owns Hoof and Hyde Ltd. a farm service business providing farmers with an excellent hoof trimming and freeze branding service.

David was involved in Young Farmers and Holstein Young Breeders competitions at an early age and won the Scottish as well as, the All-Britain clipping competition in 1994.

David’s reputation to breed, rear and develop top quality show animals is well known having fitted many Champions across the world. He owned the 2013 All-Britain heifer Drointon Tabwyn Holly.

David has judged at many major shows in the UK and Ireland. He officiated at the 2009 Dairy Event and more recently judged the 2015 Irish National Calf show.

For the incoming year Robert Butterfield and Glyn Lucas were voted in as Chairman and Vice respectively. This year the committee has a new secretary, Anna Stable.

Further details for the show will be available soon, but if anyone is interested in being one of the 2016 show sponsors or has any enquiries regarding the show please contact Anna on the below details.

Honorary Secretary: Anna Stable
Bolton Manor Farm, Little Urswick, Ulverston
Cumbria LA12 0PX
Tel: 07793 411368