Entries welcomed for Royal Three Counties Show livestock classes
Exhibitors wishing to enter livestock classes at this year’s Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern, can now do so.
Royal Three Counties Show, which takes place from 15-17 June this year, is one of the largest in the UK and hosts a number of national shows for breeds of sheep and cattle as well as being the host of the National Rare and Minority Breeds Show and the National Junior Dairy Show.
Show manager Diana Walton said there were a number of changes to livestock classes at this year’s show which would broaden the opportunities for exhibitors to showcase their livestock.
“In the sheep section we have altered the Any Other Breed classes in to two sections, one for hill sheep and one for lowland sheep, while the terminal sire group of three lambs can now be a mix of sires, rather than a single sire as in previous years.
“Meanwhile, in the cattle section the beef interbreed competitions will be judged in the main ring rather than the cattle rings, helping increase the profile of these prestigious competitions among the show going public” she explained.
Judging the show’s beef interbreed classes this year will be renowned Devon livestock breeder Bill Quick of the Loosebeare herd of Limousins. Mr Quick who farms at Crediton with his family is a well respected breeder and judge of both sheep and cattle and Mrs Walton said the show was delighted to have such a high quality judge for its major beef classes.
“In the sheep lines it will be Leicestershire-based Charollais breeder Charles Sercombe who places the supreme interbreed champion. It is testament to the quality of the entries the show receives that we are able to attract such high profile and noted judges such as these,” added Mrs Walton.
This year’s show, the 60th to be staged at the Society’s Malvern showground, will feature National Shows for British Blonde, Murray Grey, Longhorn, Gloucester and Red Poll cattle, with this being the first time the Red Poll breed has staged its National Show at the Royal Three Counties.
On top of this the Beltex and Southdown sheep societies will both hold their national shows at The Royal Three Counties, with entries for all these expected to come from across the country.
“Following the success of last year’s inaugural Grand Parade Champion of Champions this competition will take place again, providing a great climax to the show’s livestock classes and pitting the champions of each livestock section against each other,” explained Mrs Walton.
Adding to the opportunities for young people at the show is the inclusion of a qualifier for the Young Stockperson of the Year final at the Winter Stock Festival, Peterborough. “The winner of the young handlers class on Saturday for those aged 15-21 will qualify to take part in the final at Peterborough in November.”
And, with TB regulations still testing the resolve of many show organisers The Royal Three Counties will once again require all cattle to be pre-movement TB tested before arriving at the show. “TB continues to frustrate the cattle industry and cause hardship for many farmers. It is vital that everyone in the industry pulls together to limit the potential for it to spread and in our case that means ensuring that all cattle coming to the show have been tested free of the disease in advance.
“This allows us to offer everyone the same opportunity to exhibit no matter where in the country they are from and ensure we are operating best practice to help beat this insidious disease.”
Entries for all livestock sections, including the National Rare and Minority Breeds Show and the National Junior Dairy Show close on Tuesday 17th April, but early application is advised to avoid disappointment.