A record breaking number of cattle, sheep and pigs are entered
for the Great Yorkshire Show, organisers have announced.
Andrew Jennings of Ripon's Holstein heifer
was Supreme Dairy Champion
With the region's leading agricultural event only weeks away,
entries total some 1,122 cattle, 1,738 sheep which are both all
time highs, and 350 pigs - one of the highest figures in the
last decade. The Show, which is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural
Society, runs from Tuesday 10 - Thursday 12 July and is held
Honorary Show Director Bill Cowling said: "We are absolutely
delighted to have such strong support from farmers across the
UK and this re-enforces the fact that the Great Yorkshire Show
is regarded as a top agricultural event."
He added: "We are committed to our agricultural roots. As
a farmer myself I know that to attract the best, we have to be
the best, and looking at our facilities, the standard of our
judges and of course the quality as well as the quantity of livestock
entered, this is certainly the case. The show provides a first
rate platform to see British farming at its best and is a vital
link between producer and customer. The prize winning cattle
parading in our Main Ring will be the finest in Britain, our
sheep show, with its record breaking numbers is a show within
a show, and entries in the pig section are excellent. Everything
is in place for a first class Great Yorkshire Show."
In the cattle there are individual records in no fewer than five
sections - Belgian Blue (61 entries), Charolais (95), Dexters
(45), Hereford (81) and Commercial Beef which stand at 157 compared
with the 2005 record of 132.
There will be extra prize money in the Charolais section as the
Show has been selected as a Breed Promotion Show for the Charolais
Cattle Society - the Northern Area Premier Charolais Event of
2007 organised by the Yorkshire & North East Charolais Cattle
Breeders Club. Prize money in the Commercial Beef section has
increased, and the Championship is the highest it offered at
any agricultural show.
In the sheep section, there are record entries in 7 breeds, and
the overall total tops the previous record established in 2005
by almost 100 entries (1,738 this year compared with 1,655 two
Mr Cowling continued: "The sheep section has been growing
year on year for the last two decades and is unrivalled in this
country. It is a testament to all the hard work of the farmers
who bring their stock to show year on year. And the future of
showing looks rosy with the popularity of the young handlers'
classes for cattle, sheep and pigs which bodes well for future
Great Yorkshire Show."
"We are also delighted at the growth in the number of pigs
- as we go to press there are some 357 entries across eight breeds.
Once again we are delighted to host the final of the BPA's Pig
of the Year which will be judged on Wednesday morning by the
highly experienced William Gregory of Selby."
Cattle, Sheep & Pig Judging Timetable:
Supreme Beef Championship - judging begins at 4pm
Native Beef Breed Championship - judging begins at 10am
Supreme Pig Championships - judging begins at 9am
Sheep Interbreed Championships - judging begins at 9.30am followed
Sheep: Terminal Sire Championships - followed by
Supreme Sheep Championship
Sheep: Young Handlers' Classes - 1.30pm
Supreme Dairy Championship - judging begins at 9.30am followed
Interbreed Dairy Group Championships
Young Dairy Handlers Competition -judging follows dairy interbreed
BPA Pig of the Year Final - judging begins at 10.30am
Interbreed Beef Group - judging begins at 11am
BPA Young Handlers' Competition (Pigs) - judging begins at 2.30pm
Advance tickets can be bought from the Great Yorkshire Show advance
ticket office up to and including Wednesday 4 July. For more
details telephone 01423 541222 or see the website at www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk for further details on travelling to the show.
Car parking is extensive and free. There are shuttle buses to
and from the Showground from three railway stations close to
the site - Hornbeam Park, Starbeck and Harrogate Railway Station.
Advance: Adults - £16; Concessions - £13; Children
- £7; Family (two adults and up to three children) - £42.
On the gate: Adults - £19; Concessions - £15; Children
- £8; Family (two adults and up to three children) - £47.
Tickets are also available through selected Morrison Supermarkets
and Tourist Information Centres - please see the web site for
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