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Mule Class Achieves Record Entries at Borderway Agri-Expo

Mr Thomas Binns, judging the Pair of Mule Gimmer Lamb Class.

Held on Friday 2nd November, in a packed show ring, H&H Harrison and Hetherington’s Borderway Agri-Expo welcomed the highest number of entries for the Mule Gimmer Lamb Classes to date.

Judged this year by Lancashire Sheep Farmer Mr Thomas Binns, the Pair of Mule Gimmer Lamb Class attracts an enormous interest at this leading winter livestock event. However, this year topped them all, with a total of 17 pairs of Mule Gimmer Lambs entered.

Thomas Binns is a well-known sheep farmer from Clitheroe in Lancashire, who farms Hecklin Farm on the slopes of Pendle Hill with his wife Sheila. Running a flock of 2,500 sheep on 1,800 acres of upland ground, this includes a mule flock and a Swaledale flock, as well as bought-in NEMSA Lambs.

Sponsored by Capontree Veterinary Centre and John Barker, Champion was awarded to P&A Sowerby from Kirkby Thore in Cumbria. Following with Reserve Champion was Richard Batty from Kendal with his pair of Mule Gimmer Lambs.

Commenting after the event, Thomas said: “We have had a tremendous class of sheep and a highly contested competition with 17 pairs in total, so it was a matter of sorting the wheat and the chaff. They were all very good quality of sheep on show and this is a great credit to both the owners and producers.”

This year, Borderway Agri-Expo saw an outstanding number of 900 livestock entries and attracted the finest sheep and cattle from all corners of the UK. Plans and preparations are now already underway for Borderway Agri-Expo 2019, which is to be held on Friday 1st November 2019.

For further information and results from this year’s Agri-Expo, please visit or telephone 01228 406230.

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