Surrey County Show saw more than 40,000 visitors pack through the gates at the weekend.
Livestock entries were up this year and the quality of cattle was excellent, according to show organisers. Both the dairy champion and dairy reserve champion prizes went to animals from Surrey farms. Champion was Robert Gray’s Ayrshire cow in milk from Goldstone Farm, Polesden Lacey with Mike Clear’s Jersey cow in milk from Pierrepont Farm, Frensham, in reserve.
The beef championship did not go to a heavy breed this year, but instead went to one of the oldest of our native breeds, the Highland. Mrs S M Tedbury’s cow Una Buidhe 5th of Miungairigh with her teddy bear calf at foot from Pulborough was a popular winner. Reserve went to another of England’s native breeds, the Beef Shorthorn, with Harry Horrell’s junior heifer Podehole Gypsy Freesia from Peterborough picking up the prize.
For the first time, sheep were included in the grand livestock parade in the main arena. Sheep champion was Messrs Wakeham-Dawson and Harmer’s Southdown shearling ram from Lewes. Reserve was Angus Maclean’s Texel shearling ewe from Fairoak, Hants.
In the Smallholder Pig Show, the champion pig was Messrs Wakeham-Dawson and Harmer’s Welsh gilt, Tates Theresa 206.
Best young handler under 13 was won by Rhianna Leigh, 12, with a young Ayrshire from Goldstone Farm, aged 13-16 was one by Zoe Clear, 13, with one of her family’s Jerseys. The 17-26 year young dairy handler winner was Martyn Dean with his family’s Brown SwissX. Beth Melish, who won the 17-26 beef section was overall young handler champion.