Livestock Entries are OPEN for Royal Three Counties Show!
After a two-year break Royal Three Counties Show is back and entries are now invited for the show’s livestock classes.
The Royal Three Counties Show, which takes place from 17-19 June this year, is one of the largest in the UK and hosts several 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.
Shows Executive Fiona Parker said the shows team was looking forward to welcoming exhibitors from across the three counties and beyond to compete at Malvern once again.
“There are some new classes, changes to the judging schedule in some sections and of course the major classes are all still here too,” she explained.
“In the sheep section the show is delighted to be offering new classes for Dutch Spotted Sheep, a breed which has quickly gained popularity both locally and nationally over the last few years.
“Meanwhile, the judging schedule in the sheep classes has been re-arranged to spread judging more evenly across the first two days of the show and give visitors more chance to see the very best of the British sheep industry during their visit.”
On top of this, Royal Three Counties Show is hosting a total of seven National Shows in the cattle and sheep sections, with the British Blonde, Devon, Murray Grey, Gloucester and Dexter cattle societies all staging their events at the show. In the sheep lines both the Beltex and Hampshire Down breeds will hold National Shows, while the Texel Society is using the show as its Southern England Feature Show for 2022.
“These national shows will bring competitors from far and wide to Royal Three Counties Show and I am excited to welcome new and previous exhibitors back to the Showground again,” added Fiona.
Meanwhile, in the pig section the show will host the British Lop Pig Society’s Centenary Show, an event which had been due to take place at Royal Three Counties Show in 2020 but has been rescheduled to this year as a result of the pandemic.
A trio of Northern Irish judges have the task of placing the interbreed championships in the beef cattle, pig sheep sections, with Hereford breeder Robert Irvine taking on the role in the beef classes, noted breeder Robert Overend taking charge in the pig rings and Texel devotee Jeff Aiken picking the sheep interbreed champion.
Miss Parker said all three judges were well known and respected stockmen who had judged at events across the UK in past years. “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,” she said.
The National Junior Dairy Show will see Somerset-based Ben Yates placing classes in all breed and interbreed classes, with experienced herd-manager and breeder Mr Yates having judged dairy cattle across the UK and Europe and having presented winning cattle at a number of major shows.
In the equine rings the show will host more than 50 Horse Of The Year Show qualifiers, the highest number of qualifiers being hosted by any county show in the UK. “This again is also likely to draw competitors from far and wide and boosts the show’s reputation as one of the biggest and best in the country,” said Fiona.
Entries for all livestock sections, including the National Rare and Minority Breeds Show and the National Junior Dairy Show close on Tuesday 19th April, but early application is advised to avoid disappointment.