Historic Burke Trophy is making its way to The Royal County of Berkshire Show!

The Newbury & District Agricultural Society are pleased to announce that they have been awarded the very prestigious Burke Trophy.

The 2017 Royal County of Berkshire Show will see cattle exhibitors compete for this historic and most prestigious beef trophy in the country, and is widely seen as the pinnacle of cattle breeding in the UK.

The Burke Trophy consists of two competitions; one for a pair of Pedigree Beef animals (one male and one female), and the other for a pair of Dairy Cattle. The Beef Judge is Mr Alasdair Houston; a well-known farmer and cattle breeder from Dumfries-shire. Alasdair has been a judge at all the major shows around the UK and is one of the top breeders in his class.

The Dairy Judge is Mr John Berry; a retired Dairy farmer who now resides in Cirencester. John has also judged at most of the major shows and is Chairman of the Royal Forest Agricultural Association in Windsor.

β€œIt is a huge honour to be hosting the Burke Trophy, which is the most prestigious competition that has been saved from the Royal Show. As former Chief Steward of the Cattle section I am particularly proud to have this competition at the Royal County of Berkshire show during my year as Show Chairman. We will be delighted to welcome the beef judge from Scotland, the Dairy judge is a little closer, coming from Gloucestershire – both judges are very well respected in their fields.” Judith Marcham, Chairman of the 2017 Royal County of Berkshire Show.

The Royal County of Berkshire Show takes place on the 16th and 17th September 2017. Online entries will be available from May onwards and the closing date will be 1st August 2017.


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