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Borderway Agri Expo’s prestigious Mule Gimmer Lamb class will be judged by Will Sedgley of Barbon

Borderway Agri Expo – Friday 27th October 2023

Harrison & Hetherington, the organisers of one of the most renowned beef and sheep events in the UK, Borderway Agri Expo, is delighted to announce that Barbon farmer and widely respected Mule breeder, Will Sedgley, will judge the highly contested Mule Gimmer class at this year’s event.

As one of the highlights of Borderway Agri Expo, which is this year being held on Friday 27th October, the Mule Gimmer Lamb class attracts an outstanding line-up, and Will has accepted the challenge of picking the winning pair which will carry away the 2023 NEMSA Perpetual Trophy.

A proactive member of the Hawes branch of the North of England Mule Sheep Association, Will and his wife Gillian farm 2,700 sheep on a total of 1350 acres near Kirkby Lonsdale. Established in 2010, their WA and GR Sedgley partnership has grown into one of the leading Mule breeding enterprises in the North, with 700 Swaledale ewes producing North of England Mule Gimmer Lambs, which are then sold through live auction rings throughout the North of England.

Based at Low Bank House near Barbon since 2013, alongside their Mules, Will, his wife Gillian and their four children run flocks of pure Swaledales, pure Bluefaced Leicester, Nemsa Mule Ewes and Texel x Mule crosses put to Texel and Beltex rams. All finished lambs are sold deadweight on a Tesco contract, and the partnership also has a 60-head suckler herd, breeding show potential calves.

Part of the Sedgley's Cattle herd

With some experience of judging local shows, Will Sedgley is excited to take the serious responsibility of judging the Mule gimmers at Agri Expo: “We have been to this event many times before and I know there will definitely be a tremendous show of the best Mule Gimmers in the country. It will a challenging job choosing the winners from such an exceptional standard, but it’s an honour to be asked to judge this class and I am looking forward to what I know will be a tremendous day.”

Hawes 2023

Will and Gillian and ticked off another bucket list livestock accolade this year when they won the Tuesday Sale at Hawes Auction Mart held in September.

James Little, Harrison & Hetherington Pedigree Sales Manager & Auctioneer said. “Will and Gillian are both highly respected experts in their own right, and they set the highest standard of quality in their breeding. Will, I am sure will know exactly what he is looking for in a winning pair.

Agri Expo 2022 was judged by Trevor Foster, Sedbergham

James Little continued by saying: “This is always one of the most highly anticipated and fiercely competitive sheep classes at Agri Expo, and his judgement will be universally respected. I would like to thank him for stepping up to the plate and giving up his time to judge here at Borderway in October.”

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