Livestock entries for this year’s Royal Welsh Show come flooding in
17 April 2014
Over 5,000 copies of this year’s livestock schedule, containing details of nearly 1,300 classes and special awards, have already been set out to potential exhibitors.
The entries for livestock classes have been coming in thick and fast for this year’s Royal Welsh which takes place at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, from July 21 – 24 2014.
Over 5,000 schedules were packed by hand and sent out to potential exhibitors at the end of April and entry forms started flooding back for the 1,227 classes by return of post – some exhibitors even driving hundreds of miles to deliver them by hand the very next day.
As always, the full schedule of classes and special awards are attracting entries from far and wide. Last year saw nearly 7,500 entries coming from across Wales, the UK and the rest of Europe, and it already looks like we will get the same numbers again for this year’s show.
In a bid to keep the programme of classes up-to-date and refreshed, there has once again, been a number of additions to this year’s schedule.
The ‘any other breed’ classes have been reinstated to the sheep section thanks to the new exhibition hall that is currently being erected at the showground with the remaining funds from the Brecknock Feature County 2012 funds. “It has always been our intention to re-introduce the ‘any other breed’ classes to allow the promotion of all breed s of sheep at the show, and I am thrilled that we have been able to bring it back this year.” says Mr Robert Davies, the Director of Sheep.
Other new classes for this year include two new championships in the dairy section – an exhibitor bred pairs and an exhibitor owned team of three, along with the welcomed return to the Salers cattle classes which we hope will be well supported.
The 2014 British Blonde Cattle Society National Show will be held at this year’s event and as a result there have been a couple of additional classes added to their classification for this year only.
Blue Texel breeders will be pleased to know that the number of classes in their classification has been increased. “Based on the entries of the past few years, it was only right to permit the Blue Texel’s the opportunity to have an equal number of classes as most of the other breeds.’ says the Chief Steward, Mr Gwynne Davies.
There are also additional classes special awards and championships in the dairy goat section this year, giving exhibitors a chance to win more prizes and rosettes.
For the horses there has been an introduction of a new Show Hunter Pony Breeding section, a barren mare class to the Welsh Part-Bred section and some changes to the Welsh Gelding section to accommodate the increasing popularity of these classes. Unfortunately, due to decreasing entry numbers and the constraints on the busy programme of classes, the society has taken the difficult decision to not hold Hackney and Arab sections within this years show.
The schedule and entry forms are also available online (www.rwas.co.uk) and the closing date for entries is 30 April 2014.