The Yorkshire Agricultural Society - organisers of Countryside
Live - have announced their decision to cancel all beef and sheep
classes at the event due to the recent outbreaks of foot and mouth
disease in Surrey. However the Show will definitely still go ahead.
No livestock at this year's
Countryside Live Food & Farming Fair
Countryside Live takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th
of October at the Great Yorkshire Showground and has rapidly grown
into an important autumn agricultural event. Now in its fifth year,
Countryside Live aims to bring together the best of the countryside
to families and children in the comfort of an exhibition centre.
Countryside Live features a range of hands-on activities for children,
from a tree identification trail, bread making, cheese tasting,
sausage making and Bee keeping.
Show Director Bill Cowling said: "The recent outbreaks of
foot and mouth disease in Surrey have caused great concern for
all involved in agriculture and whilst we all hope that the situation
will be resolved quickly, the indications are that restrictions
on Shows may not be lifted for sometime. By making our decision
now we are able to deal effectively and efficiently with enquiries
from potential cattle and sheep exhibitors. Those who have entered
livestock will, of course, have all their fees refunded".
"Feedback that we've had from the farming community suggests
that even if the restrictions are lifted, farmers would be wary
of a national gathering, and it is for this reason that we've decided
to cancel these classes from the event".
"The Show will retain its agricultural theme - there are pigeons
and poultry, horticultural displays, the Yorkshire Woodfair and
a Honey competition".
"The Show also features a cookery theatre and a fashion show
themed around Country Cool, plus there is a shopping zone featuring
a number of local food producers".
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society will replace the missing sheep
and cattle with an enlarged pet centre and a Dog Agility Show.
Great Yorkshire Cookery Competition 2007
Countryside Live 2007 - A Feast of Fun
Flying the British Livestock Flag this Autumn