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11th Agri Expo attracts new trade and knowledge transfer opportunities

Ian Oliver

[U]K’s leading winter agricultural event, Borderway Agri-Expo, which will be held at Borderway Livestock centre in Carlisle on Friday 3 November, has confirmed over 160 trade stands for this year’s event, which will focus on knowledge transfer and discussion on future strategies for profitable UK farming.

With a changing landscape within agriculture, this event organised by Harrison & Hetherington offers members of the farming industry an invaluable platform to meet with industry representatives to discuss their vision of the future and benefit from expert advice from a wide range of trade representatives.

Carrs Billington, who have 32 stores across northern and central England and Scotland have supported and attended Borderway Agri-Expo from the outset and speaking in advance of this year’s event Ian Oliver Divisional Sales Manager said: “As an event, Borderway Agri-Expo goes from strength to strength every year. It keeps attracting more and more people from the beef and sheep sectors and they come from far and wide, which is why it is of particular interest for Carrs Billington to have a stand and showcase our products and services. The event enables us to promote the company’s presence across a large geographical area all on the same day. We have a dedicated feed stand in the main show hall and a comprehensive machinery stand in the yard outside, as well as a general retail presence. This year’s event particularly features our new and improved range of calf milk replacers, together with many other feed and agricultural products.”

Borderway Agri-Expo continues to go from strength to strength, and in addition to the incredible livestock that are presented in the ring, it now offers a valuable and much needed opportunity for farmers and those involved in the industry to gain knowledge, discuss current issues and seek advice on the strategic direction for their businesses and the industry as a whole.

David Pritchard, Operations Director Harrison & Hetherington adds: “We attract exhibition stands from an impressive line-up of UK and global companies from handling equipment to pharmaceutical, feed companies, pedigree societies and industry bodies. We also appreciate the incredible sponsorship and support we receive from Morrisons, Norbrook, Carrs Billington, Lloyds Bank and Farmers Guardian. The quality and statue of the organisations who attend from within the industry reflect the importance the industry now places on this specialist event and its role in supporting the farming community.”

“I want to encourage people to visit the stands, share information and work together with the common goal of achieving a strong and successful industry. I believe whole-heartedly in cooperation and our aim is to give those who attend, the chance to come together and find new opportunities, new business systems and new working relationships.”

One Cumbrian company, who has exhibited at Agri-Expo since its inception in 2006, is Carlisle based Johnston Tractors Ltd.  Steph Pollock, Sales Coordinator, explains:

“For us, it’s one of the premier events in the year where we can interact with our major customer base.  We have representatives attending from our Sales & Service departments who are available to provide any information people may need on our products and services.  Our team enjoy welcoming visitors to our stand at the Expo, and will do for many years to come.”

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