17 November 2000

LIVESTOCK NUMBERS

CONTINUE TO HOLD

DESPITE Smithfield Show following hot on the heels of the Scottish National Winter Fair, and bearing in mind the Scots penchant for competing, and very often winning at the London event, entries for the winter fair have held up well.

Sheep and pig numbers on show at Perth on Nov 22 are virtually unchanged compared with 1999, at 152 and 40 respectively.

There has been a drop of 19 head in the cattle classes, but the 237 animals entered will undoubtedly provide a showcase of the best of Scotlands beef for visitors.

As well as the cattle, sheep and pigs, 129 horses will be judged and there are also competitions for potatoes, barley, wheat and silage.

The Scottish National Premier Meat Exhibition is now an established feature of the winter fair and is sponsored once again this year by Marks & Spencer.

The 231 cattle and 189 lambs entered will be judged live at Perth on Wed Nov 22 and will then be slaughtered at Scotbeefs Bridge of Allan abattoir and the carcasses will be judged and displayed that weekend.

Ian Galloway, chairman of Scotbeef, said he was delighted that the competition continued to attract such a good response from producers.