Livestock at the Royal Show
During the course of the past decade, and with the focus on introducing ‘Town to Country’, the Royal Show has returned to its farming roots. To this end there is little doubt that the Show is today the premier mixed agricultural exposition on the continent of Africa (catering for livestock and equipment).
Whilst the current drought could well have an effect on numbers, initial indications point to a meaningful livestock presence at the 2017 Royal Show.
Cattle, Sheep and Goats
Entries representing the following cattle breeds are expected; Angus, Brahman, Simbra, Simmentaler, Hereford, Limousin, Pinzgauer and Sussex on the beef side; and Jersey and Holstein on the dairy side.
Although no cattle nationals are planned, the sheep section will see the hosting of the Hampshire Down and Ile de France National Championships.
In addition, the occasion sees the Royal Show Carcass Competition, acknowledged to be the most prestigious event of its kind in the country. Interestingly, the Royal Show leg of the competition, is the only venue catering for beef, lamb and pork.
The ever-popular Sheep & Wool Expo will be expanded, with the mix of activities including sheep shearing, fashion shows and displays of indigenous smallstock. Various items of apparel manufactured from natural fibres will also be available for purchase.
Fur and Feathers, Honey and Horses!
Whilst good entries are anticipated in the Bird, Poultry and Rabbit Sections, the Honey Hall, will again host South Africa’s largest display of apiarian products.
Throughout its history the Royal Show has been viewed to be a premier equestrian venue, and a full program of events will take place in the Main Arena.