14 June 2002

4000 HEAD OF LIVESTOCK

ON DISPLAY

Livestock entry numbers

have held up well, despite

the industrys problems

MORE than 1000 exhibitors have entered some 4000 head of livestock for the various breed and championship competitions at this years Royal Highland Show.

"After a years absence, exhibitors have given a most enthusiastic and overwhelming response to the 2002 event and we are absolutely delighted at the level of our livestock entries," says RHS manager, David Dunsmuir.

"Numbers have held up remarkably well given the difficulties the industry has come through in the past 15 months and we will be very near to our normal level of entries."

Mr Dunsmuir says visitors can be assured that the stock on show will be of outstanding quality, sustaining the Highlands reputation as the showpiece of the Scottish livestock industry.

And, unlike many shows in England, the Royal Highland Show is pressing ahead with sheep classes this year.

In addition to the 16 pure breeds entered, commercial classes and prime lambs bring to 944 the total number of sheep on show.

Texels lead the way in the sheep classes, with 162 head forward, followed by Shetland, with 102 entries, North Country Cheviots (91), Beltex (78) and Blackface (76).

In the beef cattle classes, which will be held in the new "umbrella" building at Ingliston, the Aberdeen Angus breed is to the fore with 76 cattle entered.

Other Scottish native breeds will be well represented, with 70 Highland cattle, 38 Beef Shorthorns, 28 Belted Galloways and 25 Galloways.

Among the continental breeds, British Simmental has attracted 67 entries, and there are 63 forward in the British Limousin classes.

As usual, there will be large numbers of horses at the show. The heavy horse section has almost 400 entries. And there will be more than 1200 animals in the light horse section.