THE Pietermaritzburg Royal Show walked away with several prizes at the South African Meat Industry Company (Samic) 2016/17 Awards Dinner in Vryburg on Friday, August 18.Terry Strachan, chief executive officer of the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS), said the show had won the award for the largest agricultural show in South Africa that hosted a national carcass competition.It also took home prizes for hosting the best emerging pork show in South Africa, the best commercial pork show in South Africa and the third best lamb show in the country.In the commercial pork individual classes, first place went to a Topig entered by the Joseph Baynes Estate, with second place going to another Topig, bred by Craig McCord of Glenelly Far in Ashburton.At the Royal’s carcass auction the two farms were also placed first and second, with the champion selling for R30 per kilogram to the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga.Fifth place at the Samic event went to a pig entered by the Hogan Stud.In the commercial pork group class McCord took home the third and fourth places in the contest. In the emerging farmer pork individual classes, two pigs, bred by Qondy Mbalo, were placed second and third overall. Mbalo also took home the first and second prizes in the emerging farm pork group classes.In the lamb individual classes, Regina Harmse from Ermelo, Mpumalanga, was placed sixth. During the Royal, an Il De France, bred by Harmse, was named champion carcass on show and sold for R1 350 per kilogram, considerably more than the market rate of R67 per kilogram. The buyer was the Oyster Box Hotel.“All in all, a pleasing set of results, indicative of the important role the Royal Agricultural Society plays on the South African red meat calendar,” said Strachan. - Estelle Sinkins.