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To the untrained eye one Hereford bull probably looks much like another. But to John Astley every tonne of beef on the hoof tells a different story.
Because John is a cattle judge at the Anglesey Show. What he doesn’t know about bulls isn’t worth knowing. And he’ll examine every prize specimen from muzzle to tail before he announces the champion.
“I’ve been around a long time and I have a bit of experience in dealing with various breeds,” says John. “In the end you want something with a bit of size - a bit of a wow factor.”
Which pretty much sums up the entire event. For two days every August on the Anglesey showground at Gwalchmai, the whole of Anglesey comes together to celebrate our bountiful island.
And it’s a very big deal. The second-largest agricultural show in Wales: 57,000 visitors, 3,000 exhibitors and 350 trade stands spread over 160 acres. In 2012 it celebrates its 125th year at the heart of the rural community.
“Coming to the Anglesey Show is a great way to get out and communicate with other farmers,” says Sonia Davies of Cefn Coch Farm at Cemaes. “That’s far more important than winning.”
Although that’s easy to say when your Holsteins are already festooned with rosettes. And when your daughter is leading a calf called Betty Boo around the show ring in the Young Handlers class.