The Royal Bath & West Show have appointed two new judges, both new to the show but with years of experience in the industry.

Michael Reed will head up this year's interbreed exhibitor-bred beef and supreme beef interbreed classes, and Richard Wear will be judging in the sheep rings.

The new judges highlight the shows dedication to livestock, which has been at the heart of the event since its inception in 1852.

Michael is a third-generation mixed farmer, and runs an 800-acre family farm in the Lincolnshire Wolds.

A very well respected breeder of Lincoln Red Cattle, he sells semen across the globe as far afield as New Zealand and Canada.

Showing is an integral part of the farm with the 70 head Hemingby Herd enjoying major successes across the country.

Though this is his first time at the Royal Bath & West Show, Michael is well rehearsed at West Country shows having judged the supreme classes at both Devon County and the Royal Cornwall show, and a further 12 shows around the country.

Michael said: "As well brilliant advertising for pedigree breeders, showing is where town meets county,.

“This is our opportunity to show and tell the public what we’re doing, and a chance for them to get close and see livestock they may have never seen before – it’s very important we carry on doing it.

“A first-class animal has got to be able to walk.

“I’m looking for something that walks well and has sound legs and feet.

"However, all the cattle on display will be of the highest standard, so it really will come down to small differences.”

Richard Wear will be judging the interbreed championship at the show for the first time, however he has a long history with the show, with his family first bringing stock to the event in 1961.

Farming 160 acres close to the Mendip hills in Somerset, Richard has a substantial reputation both nationally and globally.

He said: "The highlight of my showing career has been winning the Champion Ryeland Flock, awarded for winning the most shows – 18 years in a row.

“We’re hugely proud of that achievement.

“I’ve enjoyed judging at all the major UK shows, including the Royal Show and the Royal Smithfield, and was also lucky enough to be asked to judge both the Royal Melbourne Show and the Royal New Zealand Show twice.

“Locomotion is particularly important because if it’s poor, sheep can’t graze.

“I’m looking for a smart animal that is eye catching, something that is bright, alert and active.”

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