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Herd management to be recognised at Glendale Agricultural Society

19th June 2017

Have You ‘Herd’ About the New Competition

Glendale Agricultural Society announce herd competition

Innovation has always been key for the Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS), and this year is no exception with the announcement of a new contest, the GAS Herd Competition.  The contest is looking for farmers who maximise the returns and potential of their herd of cattle whether they farm on a big or small scale.

The contest will be judged in late July by Angus Nelless from Thistleyhaugh Farm, who runs a herd of 150 cows, mainly Aberdeen Angus, with the prizes being presented at the Glendale Show.  Entrants will be judged on how effectively they manage their herd while taking into account farm type, size and management practices. 

Ian Murray Chief Livestock Steward and organiser of the competition said:

“It doesn’t matter if you have a small pedigree herd or a large commercial herd, anyone based in Northumberland can enter the competition.  We well be looking at the general management of the herd, along with the ease of management.  If your system works well for your farm individually and the herd has a good physical performance we would urge you to enter.”

Visits will be undertaken by the judging team, where they will assess how well the herd is managed, entrants will be asked to present one field of cattle for judging.

Prizes will be awarded for:

•           Best Overall Herd

•           Highly Commended Large

•           Highly Commended Small

•           Commended Large

•           Commended Small

If you are interested in entering please contact Ian Murray on 07711478813 or by email on, the closing date for entries is 20th July 2017.

Active for over 125 years this year, the Glendale Agricultural Society stages the hugely successful Glendale Show and education programme, the Children’s Countryside day which attracts 1,500 people a year.  Glendale Show, held on August bank holiday in Wooler, attracts over 15,000 people every year and has become of the highlights of the Northumbrian agricultural calendar.


For further details see the society website on  To join as a member please contact the Glendale Agricultural Society on 01668 283868 or email