Royal Show: Big numbers expected as some activities start today

2009-05-22 00:00

THIS year’s Royal Agricultural Show will be one of the busiest in many years with both the usual cattle and sheep competitions and classes for commercial breeding heifers, for both dairy and beef breeds, on the second weekend of the show.

The sheep section will see two national competitions — for the Hampshire Downs and Suffolks — and Terry Strachan, general manager of the Royal Agricultural Society reports that there has been an increase in the number of Merino breeders participating in the show.

Apart from livestock on the hoof, the Royal Show, under the watchful eye of Sotuh African Meat Industry Company, will host the carcass auction on May 27. Two years ago the event set an all-time world record when R3 000 per kilogram was realised for the winning lamb carcass.

Most South African implement and tractor manufacturers and distributors will also be represented and if 2008 is anything to go by, reasonable sales are expected, this despite the current economic climate.

The full programme of events in the livestock arenas is set out below:

 

CATTLE

May 22: Weighing and mouthing of commercial cattle

May 23: Live judging of commercial cattle

May 23: Weighing of Brahman breeds

May 24: Future Farmers Competition

May 24: Youth Show

May 25: Block test judging of commercial cattle at abattoir

May 25: Brahman group and breedplan classes

May 26: Brahman female classes

May 26: Angus, Simmentaler and Simbra classes

May 27: Brahman male classes

May 27: Hereford, Limousin, Santa Gertrudis and Sussex classes

May 27: Holstein, Jersey, Short Horn and Swedish Red classes

May 27: Carcass auction at Sheep and Wool Expo Hall

May 28: Interbreed classes for performance tested beef and

dairy

May 28: Standard Bank Supremes preliminary judging

May 28: Standard Bank Gold Cup – final judging and presentation

in main arena

May 29: Commercial beef and dairy heifer classes

 

SHEEP

May 24: Weighing and mouthing of slaughter sheep

May 24-26: Judging of all breed classes

May 24: Live judging of slaughter sheep

May 25: Block test judging at abattoir

May 27: Standard Bank Gold Cup presentation at 2.30 pm

May 27: RAS Stud Sheep Auction at 3 pm

May 27: Carcass auction at the Sheep and Wool Expo at

4.30 pm.

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