Schedules out for Royal Welsh Spring Festival
7 March 2013
A record 340 classes and special awards have been scheduled for this year’s Royal Welsh Spring Festival which takes place on the showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, on May 18 – 19.
The livestock schedule for the event has gone out to thousands of smallholders and potential exhibitors and lists 143 classes and special awards for sheep, 63 for pigs, 78 for goats including Angora, Pygmy and Dairy breeds, and 10 for cattle.
The Festival attracted nearly 25,000 visitors last year and the livestock section with its many traditional, rare and native breeds, is a major interest for Festival-goers. With 18 breeds on show and several additional classes including those for the best presented pen and the best breed trade stand, sheep dominate. To add to the interest a sheep young handlers competition is a qualifier for the Rare Breeds Survival Trust Young Shepherd of the Year contest, the final of which takes place at the Royal Berkshire Show in September.
The sheep will be judged over the two days of the Festival including classes for novices – new exhibitors aged over 17 years who have never before shown sheep at any of the three Royal Welsh events at Llanelwedd.
The supreme sheep champion will be chosen on Sunday May 19 from the champion of each section judged over both days.
Pigs will also feature prominently at the Festival which once again will be a qualifying event for the nationwide Pig of the Year competition. The final, with a prize of £200 for the winner, takes place at the Great Yorkshire Show.
A Pig Pet Show with classes for obedience, the most attractive pig, the fastest runner and the one with the curliest tail, will add amusement to the programme.
Goats are always a big attraction at the Festival and as well as the keenly-contested classes a special Angora fleece competition will provide additional interest for visitors.
The cattle classes are open to 28 traditional and native breeds and include rare breeds such as Blue Albion, White Park and British Whites. The Ancient Cattle of Wales will also feature – cattle of a variety of colours, often localised to areas of Wales, and many now extinct. The Ancient Cattle of Wales Society was formed in 1983 to raise awareness of the existence and value of the old coloured Welsh cattle and to conserve the colour varieties by registering appropriate animals and by creating a special market for them.
The closing date for livestock entries for the Festival is April 5. Please note that the closing date will be strictly adhered to.