29 May 1998


WITH about 200,000 visitors each year, the Royal Show is firmly established as Europes premier exhibition of farming, food and the countryside. This years show will be held on July 6-9 at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire.


&#8226 NIAB and PBI present the latest technical messages including a new feature based on internationally competitive British cereals.

&#8226 IACR-Long Ashton and NIAB cover new approaches and technologies for disease control in wheat.

&#8226 Protein crops and pulses for premium markets and organic production, supported by the Soil Association.


About 7000 animals will be on display at the show from rare breeds to the countrys top pedigree stock. Unrivalled as a stage for quality livestock genetics, the Royal Show continues to highlight the issues affecting farmers with new developments in the Commercial Livestock Area giving another positive boost.

Marks & Spencer joins Merial as joint sponsors of the RASE Livestock Production and Management Centre. It will include competitive classes and the latest beef and dairy technical messages from suckler herd replacement and selecting finished cattle for market to reducing dairy wastage caused by lameness, mastitis and infertility.

Farming & countryside

How good, healthy, safe food can be grown in a commercial and sustainable way is the fascinating theme being presented by Hydro Agri and Lloyds TSB Group in the Farming and the Countryside Area.

Different crop types, their uses and environmental effects, the importance of good farm practice for traceability, the role of fertilisers and the balance between profitable food production and the environment are just some of the other topics.

A small selection of the many other sights and sensations:

&#8226 Country sports and pursuits.

&#8226 The best of British food and international cuisine.

&#8226 Forty acres of the top names in farming machinery.

&#8226 RASE Irrigation and Water Resources Centre.

&#8226 New classes, such as Beltex Sheep. Cashmere and extended goat carcasses and mixed pairs of coloured pigs.

&#8226 Focus on Forage Area, sponsored by Case IH.

&#8226 International horse riders and many equine features.

&#8226 Country skills including hedgelaying, thatching and drystone walling.

&#8226 Over 200 rural craft shops.

&#8226 Country Living Magazine Marquee.

fw readers can save up to 33% on tickets by purchasing tickets in advance through the Royal Show hotline on (0121-7674099) quoting ref FW1 before June 26, 1998. Advance ticket prices are £8 Adults and £4 Senior Citizens and Children aged 5-15. The hotline is open 9am-8pm Monday to Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. (Tickets subject to a 25p booking fee.)

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