As predictable as it was it is still pleasing to hear that cattle entries at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show are already at near full capacity.
I say it is predictable because with the demise of the Royal Show, there was never any doubt that Yorkshire would pick up a host of entries as a result.
As it stands current entry levels are at more than 800, up some 700 on the same time last year, with entries not due to close until 25 May, explains show director Bill Cowling.
For a number of years, as we’ve got closer to the show dates, we have had to operate a waiting list for cattle but this year, what is different is that the entries have come in much quicker, so we are already virtually at capacity,” he said. In recent years a waiting list, on a “first come first served” first has been operated and this will again be the case.
In all 20 breeds plus commercial classes are represented at the show and following high numbers in 2009, the decision was taken to provide additional cattle stalling. “We’ve added a marquee which will house an extra 100 cattle. This will be used by the Simmentals, as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, so that frees an equivalent number in the main cattle sheds, ” Mr Cowling added.
“Of course whilst on one level we’re delighted, on another it gives us a real dilemma. The Great Yorkshire Show has built its reputation on being a true agricultural show so of course we want to have as many cattle in the rings for the public to see as possible, but we only have a finite amount of space. Post July we will look to see if we can make any adjustments which would help, said Mr Cowling.” We would be very happy to listen to any suggestions.”
On a separate, but related note the commercial classes at Yorkshire have been moved to Wednesday, from their usual Tuesday spot. With strong entries in the commercial classes there has often been a clash between the beef interbreed and the commercial championships, so this change shouls make Tuesday less rushed for all concerned.