Friday 1th Dec 2017

This year’s Livestock Judge

The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) are delighted to welcome Hank Van Exel from Lodi, California, to judge the livestock at this year’s Winter Fair. Hank and his wife Carolyn own and operate Van Exel Dairy. Their 3,000 cow milk herd is comprised of 2,500 Holsteins and 500 Jerseys.

They currently farm 2,360 acres, growing all their own feed and selling excess as cash crops, with 100 acres set aside to grow grapes for the region’s thriving wine industry. Van Exel has judged numerous state shows and his assignments have taken him to shows and state fairs across this country and abroad to Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Mexico and Switzerland. He has served as the official at the All American Jersey Show twice and as associate two other times. Van Exel also judged Jerseys and Holsteins at the World Dairy Expo and has been the official for national shows in Canada and Australia. Van Exel has been successful in exhibiting cattle at the World Dairy Expo, recently being a partner in the 2017 Supreme Champion Cow (Rosiers Blexy Goldwyn-ET EX-96) and in numerous All-American awards in both Holsteins & Jerseys.  

The Winter Fair trade stand Judge will be Aled Jones, Assistant Chief Executive at Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.

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