JUDGES from across the Atlantic will join their UK counterparts to assess the elite of the dairy world.

Harrison & Hetherington has announced a notable line-up of British and international judges for its flagship dairy showcase, Borderway UK Dairy Expo 2020 on Saturday, March 14.

Yan Jacobs, from Quebec in Canada, will judge the Holstein, Brown Swiss and Dairy Shorthorn classes, and Pat Conroy, from Indiana in the US, will judge the Ayrshire, Jersey and Red and White classes.

Brian Miller, from Somerset, will judge the National British Friesian Show while Amy Miller, from Evesham, will judge the International Showmanship class.

The expo is being held at Borderway Exhibition Centre, in Carlisle, with more than 400 head of elite dairy genetics being exhibited across the 70 show classes.

It starts with the showmanship classes on the afternoon of Friday, March13, followed by the all-breeds Young Stock section.

The main cattle classes, the seven breed sections, will be held the following day.

Mr Jacobs was born and raised on Jacobs Farm in Quebec, a farm he now owns with his father and sister, where they are currently milking 215 cows.

The farm has been eight times Premier Breeder at the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin in the States and eight times at Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada.

They also have bred and owned 94 All-Canadian nominations and 60 All-American nominations.

Mr Conroy markets high-end type and commercial cattle, both domestically and internationally. He is also co-owner of Genesis Genetics in Mexico, who specialises in identifying genetic issues and solutions for cattle breeders.

He has owned or sold numerous All-American and All-Canadian Nominees, many of which have been recognised as Champion, Reserve or Honourable Mention at World Dairy Expo and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair as well as having five cows nominated for the All-World competition.

Mr Miller is part of family partnership that farms 450 acres and owns the famous dairy herd under the Moorshard prefix. He has judged the Holstein classes at several major UK and Ireland dairy events including the 2010 National Dairy Event, the 2016 All Britain Calf Show, the 2017 UK Dairy Day and the Great Yorkshire in 2018.

Ms Miller has won showmanship classes at the Young Members Association, All Britain National Calf Show and National Holstein show and plays a big part in Holstein Young Breeders as the West Midlands co-ordinator.