ONE of the UK's major livestock events takes place at the Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on Friday, November 1.

Harrison and Hetherington's 2019 Borderway Agri Expo has attracted about 900 head of livestock and a sell out number of exhibition and trade stands.

Featuring some of the finest livestock and sheep in the UK, it also highlights livestock trends, equipment and technology and draws thousands of visitors.

The event features 57 classes and five breed society shows with exhibitors competing for £14,000 prize money.

The National Suckled Calf and Cattle show has 31 classes, Baby Beef, Continental and Native bred cattle, while the National Prime Sheep show has 23 Continental and Traditional bred sheep classes. A supreme championship title will be awarded in both the cattle and sheep classes.

Wilson Peters, from Monzie Estate, near Crieff, will judge the main cattle classes and supreme title. He said: "It is a total honour to judge what is one of the greatest shows in the country. I am looking forward to it tremendously as I know that some of the finest commercial animals in Britain will be presented."

There will also be five pedigree calf shows with 350 head of stock involving the Aberdeen Angus Winter National Show; Beef Shorthorn National Calf Show; Border British Blue Club Calf Show; Hereford Regional Calf Show; and Simmental Regional Calf Show.

Agri-Expo is a keen supporter of the next generation of farmers and stages Young Farmers and Young Handlers classes.

David Pritchard, event organiser and H&H joint managing director, said: "Borderway Agri-Expo continues to grow in its success, and we are proud to be able to promote and celebrate the agricultural industry. Representatives from all walks of agriculture can join us to have a conversation about current trends and issues, gain knowledge on new innovations and technologies and simply network with like-minded individuals.

"Agri-Expo has fast become the place to attend for the farming community and with Brexit looming this year, more than any other, will be a chance to consider the impact and how we can future-proof ourselves as an industry for the next generation of farming and beyond."

Judging begins at 8.30am with the championship awards and presentations due at 4.30pm.