In what is seen as a progressive move for the breed, the Council of HDSBA have made the decision to move the venue for the National Show & Premier Sale (29th & 30th June) to Shrewsbury Livestock Market with auctioneers Halls.
Since the termination of the Royal Show at Stoneleigh, the National Show along with the Premier Breeders’ Sale has been held at Stratford upon Avon under the expert services of Bletsoes Auctioneers. Many successful years of showing and selling have been enjoyed there, but the Council of HDSBA has listened to members opinion and it became apparent that many would like to see this event move to a larger livestock centre, to accommodate the ever growing number of entries in both the show and sale.
A number of alternative venues were considered before any decisions were made, and Shrewsbury came out as a high contender. The outcome of a meeting on location concluded that Shrewsbury had everything we could wish for in terms of location (close to the motorway network), infrastructure (catering and accommodation) and professional services.
The Council of HDSBA acknowledge the professional and friendly service given by Bletsoes over the years, but now see this move to Shrewsbury as progression for the breed, keeping it at the forefront of the livestock community.
The format of the show and sale will remain largely the same, with entries and timings being as before and in the usual way, and HDSBA Council hope to receive the whole-hearted support of the members in making the inaugural Shrewsbury Show & Sale a huge success.
The market is located at Bowman Way, Battlefield, Shrewsbury SY4 3DR and more information can be found at www.hallsgb.com/auctions/livestock-auctions/