To celebrate the 160th Great Yorkshire Show we decided to go back to where it all began. In the 1800’s the Craven Heifer became a national phenomenon and toured the county, to this day it remains the largest cow ever shown in England.
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society have worked with Emma Stothard to recreate this giant beast of a cow, and she is on the moooooove travelling around Yorkshire. The cow was bred near Bolton Abbey and this is where her journey will begin!
We’d love to see your selfies with the GYS Heifer, we will pick the best selfie from each location and the winner will receive a family ticket to this year’s Show.
Keep an eye out for the heifer when she is on her travels around Yorkshire!!
Courtesy of BBC Look North
Follow us on Twitter and send us your selfies using the #GYSheifer
Meet the Heifer!
FRIDAY APRIL 13
YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK, WAKEFIELD. The GYSheifer will spend a day with some of the most iconic sculptures in the world, where over 1,500 visitors are expected to see it on the last day of the Easter school holidays. It will be parked next to the Walk of Art by the main visitor centre, seven years after the show hosted sculptures on the President’s Lawn in 2011.
SATURDAY MAY 26
MALTON FOOD LOVERS FESTIVAL. The GYSheifer will tower over thousands of visitors on Newgate on the first day of Malton Food Festival which attracts 30,000 over two days. Malton was the last place to host the Great Yorkshire Show in 1950 before a permanent showground was bought in Harrogate where it resides to this day.
THURSDAY MAY 31
YUMMY YORKSHIRE, HUDDERSFIELD will hold a special event to celebrate the visit from the GYSheifer. This family dairy farm in the heart of the Pennine Yorkshire countryside, has 120 cows who supply the onsite coffee shop, restaurant and ice cream parlour as well as fresh milk dispenser!
SATURDAY JUNE 2
WOLD TOP BREWERY, DRIFFIELD The GYSheifer sculpture goes to Wold Top brewery for its annual open weekend which raises money for National Garden Scheme charities. The brewery is celebrating its 15th anniversary and will have a 160th Great Yorkshire Show beer on sale for the weekend only. Wold Top was supported with a grant from Yorkshire Agricultural Society when it opened and has ales sold in Fodder.
SUNDAY JUNE 10
OUR COW MOLLY FARM SHOP, SHEFFIELD. The only dairy farm in Sheffield which produces and bottles its own milk, delivering to businesses in the city including Co-op, Morrisons and Sheffield University. The farm shop supplies milk to the Great Yorkshire Show Cookery Theatre and will welcome over 2,000 visitors to its Open Farm Sunday where the GYSheifer will stay for the day.
Did you know the GYSheifer….
- Weighs more than half a tonne, the GYSheifer will pop up at locations across Yorkshire to promote one of England’s biggest and best agricultural shows
- Made by renowned Yorkshire sculptor Emma Stothard, the 6ft high, 4ft wide, 11ft long sculpture was commissioned by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show
- This one off, bespoke, life-size sculpture in steel is modelled on the Craven Heifer which was born and bred in Bolton Abbey in the early 1800s.
- People would pay to see the heifer which toured the country and became a national phenomenon.
- She remains the largest cow ever shown in England and lived in the same era as the first show.
- The sculpture project has been months in the planning and involved research with experts at Bolton Abbey Estate as well as support from the Great Yorkshire’s Chief Cattle Steward Margaret Chapman
- The best selfie from each location with #GYSheifer will win a family ticket to the Great Yorkshire Show
- See the GYSheifer at the 160th show on Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 July.
THE GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 July
- Over 130,000 visitors over three days
- 8,500 animals
- 1,200 trade stands
- 2,000 competition
Great Yorkshire Show is now one of the biggest and best agricultural shows in England