Attending agricultural shows is as much a part of summer
for a lot of farmers as climbing on the combine or stacking
straw. The season kicked off last month and, for those of
you still to attend your favourite event, heres a glimpse of
the action so far to get you in the mood. A whistle-stop tour
of Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Ulster and Devon…
The line up of Jacobs… It wasnt just stock that was well represented at Newark – this was a day when the machinery trade turned out in force with 26 stands present, more than five times the number seen a year ago.
Judging the Jerseys at the Notts show at Newark which, taking place on May 1-2, was one of the first of the year. A taste of things to come.
Hold on tight… W S C Richardss° bull, Lowerhope 1 Napolean, scoops the Hereford breed title at the Shropshire and Mid West on May 15-16 at Shrewsbury. On a bright sunny day, Caroline Davies needed the shades.
Straight from the horses mouth…Hollybank Lorna Doon,
S J Brizells four-year-old mare, takes the Clydesdale championship at Balmoral – again.
No, not the Babe impersonation contest… but the pig classes at the Royal Ulster Show at Balmoral on May 13-15. The livestock classes here attracted more than 2000 entries.
Collecting the honours in the Highland Class at the Shropshire and Mid West, meanwhile, was G G Hedges Tessa 1st of the Kiln. The quality of cattle in the beef classes at Shrewsbury was high, said Alan Fotheringham, who travelled all the way from Perth to judge them.
A grand ram… taking the sheep interbreed championship at the Devon County show on May 21-23 was Robert Wattss Texel ram.