Royal Three Counties Show launches National Junior Dairy Show
Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern, will this year launch a major new national show for junior dairy cattle to allow breeders to showcase the potential of their herds to fellow breeders and dairy enthusiasts.
Posted 7th February 2017
The new National Junior Dairy Show will feature classes for all the major dairy breeds, with entries restricted to calves and first milking heifers, explained Royal Three Counties Show chief dairy steward Maurice Hart. “We believe this exciting new dairy section will capture the imagination of dairy producers and allow them to showcase their herd’s future potential to prospective buyers from across the country.“
“Dairy farming has been through a tough few years with low milk prices, but the enthusiasm and optimism shown by those breeding and milking top quality cows has never waned. However, we at Royal Three Counties Show recognise that showing in-milk cows can be a costly exercise and hope these classes for mainly non-milking animals will encourage dairy farmers to exhibit at Royal Three Counties Show, one of England’s largest livestock shows.”
Judging the new dairy classes will be Evesham, Worcestershire-based Steven Miller, with Mr Miller tasked with adjudicating in five classes in each breed as well as placing the dairy young handler classes. All dairy judging will take place on the second day of the show, Saturday 17 June.
Meanwhile, the event, which takes place from Friday 16 June to Sunday 18 June, is the host for a number of National Shows for cattle and sheep breeders, including the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society’s Summer National Show, explained the Show’s livestock officer Fiona Parker.
“Royal Three Counties Show is honoured to host the World Angus Forum 2017 delegates and looks forward to showing them the very best of UK agriculture and particularly livestock production. Delegates will be able to watch the conclusion of the Aberdeen-Angus judging on the Saturday morning before the main cattle interbreed competitions later in the day.”
This year’s show sees Diana Walton take on the mantle of head of shows for the Three Counties, having spent many years assisting with the running of the showground’s events.
Mrs Walton brings a lifelong connection to the Three Counties to her new role, with her uncle, Lyn Downes, having been CEO for 20 years and her father having exhibited for many years at Royal Three Counties Show.
After studying rural land management at the Royal Agricultural University, Diana qualified as a rural chartered surveyor in 1993 becoming a member of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.
Commenting on her appointment, Mrs Walton said: “I am looking forward to working closely with both exhibitors and the team at Three Counties to deliver a number of excellent events in the coming years. Naturally the Royal Three Counties Show is one of the major highlights of the year for the showground and the team are focused on delivering another excellent show. Planning for this year’s show has been ongoing since last summer and the esteem in which the show is held by all connected with it gives the team a great incentive to ensure they deliver a first class event in all sections.
In addition to the Aberdeen-Angus National Summer Show and the National Junior Dairy Show the show is also hosting national shows for the Simmental, Blonde, Murray Grey and Gloucester cattle Societies and the Beltex and Wiltshire Horn sheep societies as well as being the feature show for the Southern and Midland Highland Cattle Club.
This year the show will only accept cattle entries on the condition that cattle are pre-movement tested before arriving at the show, said Mrs Walton. “Last year we were able to gain an exemption for cattle from the low risk area, but that isn’t possible this year and in-line with best practice and to offer all exhibitors the same opportunity to exhibit we have decided to enforce pre-movement testing on all cattle coming to the show.”
“With TB still causing hardship for many farmers it is important everyone in the industry works together to limit its spread at every opportunity. Pre-movement testing is best practice in this regard and will help safeguard all exhibitors,” she explained.
Royal Three Counties Show is still an agricultural show at its heart and this brings a large number of farmers through the gates to see the best of British livestock and the latest machinery on offer from local dealers.
Additionally, the show will once again host the National Rare and Minority Breeds show supported by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. “This event, which takes place on the Sunday of the show continues to go from strength to strength, drawing entries from across the UK as breeders seek to promote these breeds to a wide audience of both fellow breeders and the general public.”