Livestock Entries Now Open For Royal Three Counties Show
Entries are now open for livestock classes at this year’s Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern, one of the largest shows of livestock in the UK.
Diana Walton, show manager for Royal Three Counties Show, which takes place from Friday 16th June to Sunday 18th June, said this year’s show was shaping up to be one of the best yet, with a number of exciting new features, including the National Junior Dairy Show and classes for all livestock breeds from this year’s host county, Gloucestershire.
“On top of this the show will play host to a number of national shows in the cattle and sheep sections, including the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society’s Summer National Show which will form part of the World Angus Forum 2017. Other national shows taking place this year include those for Simmental, Blonde, Murray Grey and Gloucester cattle societies and the Beltex and Wiltshire Horn sheep societies.”
Miss Parker said that with entries at bumper levels in 2016 in many sections it was important exhibitors submitted entries as early as possible this year. “There is a strong chance entries will have to be limited in some sections due to space restrictions, I would urge all exhibitors to enter as soon as possible. The message is ‘Enter early to avoid disappointment’,” she added.
Judges for this year’s show include a brace of well respected judges for the show’s major interbreed competitions, with Devon-based Colin Hutchings tasked with judging the beef interbreed classes and Oxfordshire producer Colin Ponting taking control of the sheep interbreed championship.
“Both these judges are well known and respected in their fields and have been strong supporters of the show over a number of years. It is a great honour for the show to have two such experienced and expert judges involved in the major awards this year,” she added.
Miss Parker added that the show would also feature a new championship this year, the Grand Parade Champion of Champions, which will be judged during the Grand Parade of livestock on Saturday 17th June. “We are delighted to confirm that this new competition will be judged by local farmer and Royal Three Counties Show Ambassador Adam Henson. It will be a great spectacle for the parade and will pit the champions of each livestock section against each other,” she explained.
Cattle exhibitors are also reminded of the need for all cattle coming to the show to be pre-movement TB tested before arriving at the show, said show manager Diana Walton. “Last year we were able to gain a 48 hour exemption for cattle from the TB low risk area, but that isn’t possible this year and in-line with best practice we have decided to enforce pre-movement testing on all cattle coming to the show.”
“With TB still causing hardship for many farmers it is important everyone in the industry works together to limit its spread at every opportunity. Pre-movement testing is best practice in this regard and will help safeguard all exhibitors,” she explained.
And the show will once again host the National Rare and Minority Breeds Show supported by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. “This section of the show gives exhibitors of some of the UK’s most traditional breeds the opportunity to showcase their animals to a wide audience of fellow farmers and the general public. The UK’s livestock heritage has played an important part in both agricultural and social development across the globe and Royal Three Counties is delighted to be a focal point for helping breeders continue to develop these breeds to meet the needs of the modern farming industry,” said Mrs Walton.
Entries for all livestock sections close on Tuesday 18th April, but early application is advised to avoid disappointment. Entries can be made online at the Society’s website – www.threecounties.co.uk - or by requesting a schedule from the Society.