Royal Show ‘best in SA’

2011-06-06 00:00

THE long trip from the Western Cape proved to be well worth it for Philip de Waal when his Hereford bull was named the winner of the prestigious Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) Gold Cup for the best beef bull at the 2011 Royal Agricultural Show.

De Waal had earlier enjoyed great success in the Hereford national championship competitions where his bulls were named junior and reserve junior champion; grand champion; and supreme champion Hereford on show.

The runner-up in the beef bull category was a red Brahman owned by Anton Rencken of Bergville.

Taking home the Gold Cup in the beef cow section was a Simmentaler, entered for the competition by Ed Barry of Dalton. The runner-up was an Angus entered by Mr Emmanuel of Mooi River.

The Gold Cup in the dairy section went to a Holstein, owned by Wouter du Plooy of Bultfontein in the Free State. The runner-up was a Jersey, owned by Mark Jonsson from Warden in the Free State.

The awards were presented following a parade of champions in the main arena at the Royal Showgrounds, in Pietermaritzburg, last Thursday evening. Afterwards the farmers joined RAS members and guests for a dinner to celebrate what participants called “one of the best livestock shows in the country”.

The guest speaker on the night was Professor Cliff Lamb, a bovine specialist from the University of Florida in the United States. Lamb also addressed farmers earlier in the show as part of the staging of the 2011 Voermol Hereford National Championships, hosted by the KZN Hereford Club.

More than 900 cattle and 700 sheep were entered into the various livestock competitions at this year’s show, 70% of which travelled to Pietermaritzburg from farms as far field as Limpopo, the Eastern Cape and the Free State.

Terry Strachan, chief executive office of the RAS, said: “The 2011 show was deemed by participants and the public alike to have been an outstanding success.

“Indeed, the view was expressed by many that the Royal is the only true agricultural show remaining in the country; a tribute to Pietermaritzburg and KZN.”

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