It’s been a bumper show, but we’re not complacent

24 July 2014

This year’s Royal Welsh Show was the bumper event everyone predicted.

With more paying public coming through the gates, more society members, more cars using the free car parks, record livestock entries, increased number of tradestands and a hugely successful programme of competitions, this week’s show has exceeded all expectations.

Speaking on the last day of the show, Mr David Lewis, Chair of the RWAS Council said in his 40 years of association with the society he had never before seen such an array of outstanding livestock that those shown at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. “The livestock exhibits have been truly wonderful this week and I have been thoroughly enthralled with the judging and looked on in amazement”.

“Our show is renowned for its relaxed, family atmosphere and the great camaraderie between exhibitors and visitors alike” added Mr Lewis.

The sun has once again shined on the annual four-day show. But in spite of the hot weather which, saw temperatures soar to nearly 30 degrees there were no problems for the animals on the showground and the heavy investment that has been made in ventilating the livestock buildings has worked well.

For the first time, visitors to the show have been able to benefit from the free WiFi hotspots around the showground. The positive response and uptake has been overwhelming with over 8,000 people logging on and surfing the web whilst at the show.

Once again the Royal Welsh App has proved popular with 10,500 downloads of the handy bilingual tool which helped visitors plan their visit and work out what was on offer each day of the busy show.

Steve Hughson, Chief Executive of the RWAS commented how successful the live streaming of the footage from the main ring and shearing centre had been. “By Tuesday evening alone more than 30,000 people had viewed the live feeds from 34 countries across the globe, including The Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, America,  South Africa, Malaysia and Japan.”

“Our international reputation is growing year on year” added Mr Hughson “with nearly 900 visitors enjoying the hospitality of our international pavilion from 76 different countries.”

Remarking on his first Royal Welsh Show Aled Jones, Assistant Chief Executive of the RWAS described how the week had been filled with so many incredible moments but that his highlight of the show had been the livestock. “We have been overwhelmed with record entries this year which, although amazing, did present us with some practical challenges.

“However, with a lot of hard work these challenges were overcome and we have yet again delivered an exceptional show with a focus on agriculture and with a fantastic atmosphere.”

Rounding off the four-day event Mr John T Davies, Chair of the RWAS Board of directors said “I am proud to be Welsh, I am proud to be a farmer and I am proud to be associated with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and the show.”

“Although figures are not always the best way to measure success, in the society’s 110 year history we have more members than ever before which is a gauge of people’s loyalty and respect and demonstrates their commitment and confidence in the future of the show.

Mr Davies went on to explain, “Being the greatest show on earth also brings us a duty and a responsibility to strategically look at and capture the energy and enthusiasm that makes this show happen each year.

“We are fortunate to be extremely successful, but we will not be complacent. We will build on our accomplishment and over the next few months we aim to put together a strategic medium-term plan to build on the success of the society and the Royal Welsh Show.”