Cattle Section

In the ever-altering agricultural climate in South Africa, the Royal Agricultural Society is always looking for ways to embrace the changes, and in so doing add value to both producer and consumer. In this regard, the cattle programme will be reduced by a day in an endeavour to assist farmers.

The show commences on the first weekend with the commercial slaughter ox competition.

It is anticipated that the usual colleges will be entering to compete in the Student’s Challenge – these being UKZN, Cedara and Owen Sithole College of Agriculture. Competition promises to be stiff, and farmers and non-farmers alike (and especially the alumni from these institutions) are encouraged to attend and show their support.

The youth component will also take place the first weekend with the KZN Youth Show catering for school going youngsters and Future Farmers aimed at those in colleges.

The Standard Bank Gold Cup

2017 will see the continuation of the successful commercial heifer and weaner competitions held for the last few years. In doing so, it is hoped to expand the section by embracing commercial farmers, and providing them a platform from which they can gain valuable exposure in the industry. Following judging, the pens will be auctioned to the highest bidder.

For generations, the Royal Show bovine stud section has been renowned for its excellence, and as in past years, this will be the primary area of focus on the Tuesday and Wednesday of the show.

This in turn will be followed by the Interbreed and Gold Cup judging – culminating with the prestigious Standard Bank Gold Cup dinner on Wednesday evening.

Enter Your Cattle in the Royal Show!

Some of the breeds taking part are Angus, Brahman, Simbra, Simmentaler, Hereford, Limousin, Pinzgauer and Sussex on the beef side; and Jersey and Holstein on the dairy side.

Download this year’s programme, details of rules and regulations, and entry forms below…

For general enquiries and entries, please contact Jenny Fraser (