The Royal Highland Show will be the place to be next month to view some of the country’s best livestock.
With over 5,000 entries from all over the UK and Ireland, the show will be living up to its recent “Best Event” award with a magnificent display of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, horses and poultry.
Show manager David Dunsmuir said: “Once again we have been overwhelmed with entries and it will be a packed house, especially in the cattle hall and sheep marquees. We are grateful to all of our exhibitors for their support and wish them well in their individual quests to win a prize ticket.
“With this level of entries we can promise show visitors some keen competition in the judging rings and, of course, one of the spectacular sights of the show, the grand parades of prize winning cattle and horses.”
This year to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee, all livestock champions will be presented with a special rosette to mark the occasion.
In the beef cattle lines, where the overall champion will win the show’s top award the Queens Cup, Charolais exhibitors will be out in force to support the breed’s World Congress which is taking in the show as part of its 2012 itinerary. Entries at 133 are the largest in the section and followed by Limousin at 113 and Highland cattle at 106.
Two judges will officiate in the Charolais section – David Bondfield from Australia will place the females, with the bulls in the hands of Irishman Basil Bothwell from County Cavan.
With over 20 breed sections, sheep have the largest entry at almost 1800 with a mammoth task ahead for Texel judge Charlie Boden from Stockport who has 250 entries to place. Not far behind is William McAllister from Ballymena in Northern Ireland who will be judging 221 Beltex.
With three new sections for Connemaras, Re-Training of Racehorses and Lead Rein and First Ridden Show Hunter Ponies, light horse entries are approaching the 1700 mark.
Mountain and moorland ponies under saddle lead the way with 194 entries. The big competition in the section is the Cuddy Supreme In-Hand Championship with the winner going on to Horse of the Year in Birmingham to compete against champions from other shows. Judge is Mrs Mary Reveley from Cleveland.
In March, the Royal Highland Show won the Best Event in Scotland award presented by the National Outdoor Event Association.
The 2012 show - sponsored by The Royal Bank of Scotland and staged from June 21-24 - will be the 172nd and the 52nd to be held at the permanent showground at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh.
The “host” area will be Dumfries and Galloway who will feature local food and outdoor activities available in the region.