Royal Welsh Show entries

30 May 2013

More than 7000 entries have been received for this year’s Royal Welsh Show with 3287 horses and ponies, 3029 sheep and 886 cattle including 709 beef animals and 177 dairy.

The numbers in the dairy section, led by Holsteins with 81, have been boosted this year by the entry of 17 Brown Swiss which will be appearing at the Royal Welsh for the first time.

Bred in the high Alpine regions of Europe, the Brown Swiss is said to represent one of the largest cattle populations in the world.  Exported first to America in the early 1800s they have been in this country for some 40 years and a breed society was established here in 1973.

Fifteen pedigree beef breeds have been catalogued for the show among them strong entries of British Limousins, with 137, and British Blue, 87.  The white-faced Herefords top the traditional British beef breeds with an entry of 50 and there will be a tussle for the major prizes among competitors in the commercial beef classes where 129 animals have been entered.

Sheep are a major attraction at the Royal Welsh Show and this year 45 breeds will be represented in what is famously the largest display of its kind in the world.  British Texels easily lead the numbers with 314 entries followed by Charollais (195) and Beltex (165).  Welsh breeds will also provide a strong turnout including 140 Badger Faced Welsh Mountain (Torddu) and 83 Badger Faced Welsh Mountain (Torwen).  

An entry of 137 Lleyn sheep has been received and Balwen Welsh Mountain will also be well represented with 133 entries.

Visitors from across the world are attracted to Llanelwedd to see the brilliant display of Welsh ponies and cobs and this year the turnout will be no exception.  The Welsh breeds again dominate the horse section with 530 Welsh Mountain Ponies (Section A), 475 Welsh Cobs (Section D), 303 Welsh Ponies of Cob Type (Section C) and 256 Welsh Ponies (Section B).

Among the 26 breeds which will line up before the judges at the show will be retrained race horses which were introduced at the show in 2011.  This year an additional class for race horses has been included in the catalogue and 31 entries have been received.

The popularity of coloured horses is reflected by a record number of 184 while entries of Shetland Ponies total 116.

Pig entries for the show total 106, the Welsh breed highest with 27.  A separate section has been introduced this year for Tamworth pigs and 16 entries have been received.

Seventy-three entries have been listed in the goat section – 47 Dairy and 26 Angora.

The four-day Royal Welsh Show takes place at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, on
July 22-25.