Action packed Royal Three Counties Show set to showcase British farming and rural life
With this year’s Royal Three Counties Show now just a matter of days away the show team are putting the final preparations in place for what promises to be an exciting and action packed show.
The show, which takes place at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, on 16-18 June sees a number of new developments for 2017 including Ask The Farmer Area and Wellington Boot Theatre, both of which will give visitors a chance to learn more about both the farming industry and a range of countryside and outdoor pursuits.
Head of shows Diana Walton said this year’s event would be a spectacle celebrating all that was great about farming and rural life in the counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, showcasing the best of British livestock and regional farming to a wide audience.
Central to the agricultural aspect of this year’s show will be the livestock area which this year sees a record entry of more than 2700 sheep entries across both the main show and the National Rare and Minority Breeds Show which takes place on the Sunday of the show, leaving the sheep penning full to capacity.
Alongside this, entries in both the cattle and pig sections are strong, with the show hosting a number of National Shows for breed societies, including the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society’s National Summer Show, with delegates from the 2017 World Aberdeen-Angus Forum visiting the show on Saturday 17 June.
Among the cattle entries will be the new National Junior Dairy Show featuring classes for all the major dairy breeds, with entries restricted to calves and first milking heifers. “This exciting new dairy section has captured the imagination of dairy producers and will allow them to showcase their herd’s future potential to prospective buyers from across the country.
“Dairy farming has been through a tough few years with low milk prices, but the enthusiasm and optimism shown by those breeding and milking top quality cows has never waned.”
“We are delighted to welcome such strong entries across our livestock sections and the international visitors from the World Aberdeen-Angus Forum will be treated to a truly spectacular show of British livestock in the heart of the country.
Stock from across the country will be on display at this year’s show which, Mrs Walton said, is testament to the esteem the show is held in by breeders. “The wide catchment area of visitors to the show makes it an excellent opportunity for breeders to promote their stock to fellow breeders and commercial farmers. The Royal Three Counties Show is still an agricultural show at its heart and this brings a large number of farmers through the gate to see the exceptional quality of livestock on display.”
Everything is set for yet another bumper show of livestock at the Royal Three Counties Show and the show team is looking forward to welcoming old and new exhibitors to the show, she added. “The team is immensely proud of the show and are dedicated to making it an enjoyable one for everyone involved.”
Away from the livestock area the show will also host a wide range attractions including three full days of Young Farmers Club competitions, including the West Midlands regional ATV handling finals, as well as stock judging and tug of war. “Royal Three Counties Show is delighted to welcome young farmers from across the region to compete at the show and to showcase their skills in a wide range of competitions.
“While there is of course a serious side to much of the competitions these youngsters will be taking part in, the most important aspect of them is encouraging the next generation of the farming industry to hone their skills and interact with the public,” she added.
“For many years there has been a shortage of young people entering the agricultural industry and Royal Three Counties Show is committed to working with YFC to showcase the diversity which exists in British agriculture and to ensure it is considered as a career option by those with and without an existing connection to the industry.”
Away from the YFC activities the show will also play host to a shearing Test Match between England and Wales, with the two country’s best shearers going head to head on the Saturday of the show. “This is sure to be a real grudge match and one that will have spectators transfixed as these elite shearers get in to action.
Mrs Walton said everything was now set for an excellent show which would be a true celebration of the British countryside. “There is no better place to come and enjoy everything the countryside has to offer than Royal Three Counties Show and we look forward to welcoming bumper crowds to the show,” she added.