Livestock entries for Winter Fair

12 November 2013

The enthusiasm of livestock producers from across the country and their aspirations to claim a coveted prize at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair is once again reflected in the strength of the entries for next month’s event.  

This will be the 24th Winter Fair, regarded as the leading prime stock show in the UK, and nearly 1250 cattle, sheep, pigs and horses, as well as 153 entries in the lamb carcass competitions, will be on the showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, on December 2 and 3.

A total of 275 cattle have been catalogued for judging at the Fair led by 78 crossbred heifers and 65 crossbred steers.  

The hotly-contested baby steer and heifer classes are a favoured source of stock with show potential and buyers looking for a future champion will have 56 heifers and 36 steers from which to select a possible future champion.

Entries in the exhibitor-bred champion section total 48.

Sheep classes at the Fair are again well supported this time with a total entry of 376, the highest for eight years.

The lamb carcass competitions, another major interest among producers and buyers at the Fair, have attracted 129 entries for singles and 24 pairs.

Pig entries this year total 51.

With 539 entries in the horse and pony section the numbers are slightly higher than in 2012.  The popularity of Welsh Cobs with 133 entries, up by 36 compared with last year, places them ahead of the rest.  However, the other Welsh breeds are also strongly represented with Welsh Mountain Pony entries numbering 104, Welsh Ponies of Cob Type 97, Welsh Ponies 69 and Welsh Part-Bred 52.  Entries of Sport Horses (46) and Coloured Horses (38) are also higher than in 2012.

“We are pleased to see entries on a par with those of recent years and look forward to another very successful Winter Fair,” said Royal Welsh Chief Executive, Steve Hughson.

“There has also been a surge of inquiries from firms and individuals who want trade stand space on the showground.  The interest has been such that we have had to extend the area allocated for trade stands in order to accommodate them.”