At the heart of the Show has always been the livestock and this year you can see Alpacas, Cattle, Goats, Guinea Pigs, Llamas, Pigs, Poultry, Rabbits and Sheep in special marquees on the Southern side of the showground.
The Alpacas and Llamas have a separate marquee with displays about the animals, their origins and the products made from their wool.
The Show is very proud to be able to boast one of the largest displays of cattle in the country. Visitors are able to walk along the cattle lines, and free breed booklets are available to help identify all the different cattle exhibited at the Show, from dairy to beef breeds. Have a go at milking or learn about making cheese. Watch the cows being milked and having a hairwash.
Sunday is the Beef cattle and Calf show judging day. The public can watch as the huge commercial cattle are judged, followed by our younger competitors in the Calf Show.
Monday sees the turn of the Dairy Cattle to be judged, and the day culminates with the Grand Cattle parade in the main ring in the afternoon, and the crowning of the champion cow at the show. The public can come and see these magnificent animals being prepared and preened for the showing ring throughout the two days. Choose your best in show and see if the Judge agrees with you.
Again these classes take place throughout the two days of the show. Visitors to the show can walk among the sheep pens, and see breeds of sheep from all over the world. We also have a number of rare breeds sheep at the show.
Classes are held for Junior Shepherds, where the shepherds and farmers of the future can show off their skills in preparing and showing off their flock.
Pigs were only reintroduced to the Show a few years ago but this feature has become so popular that a larger showing ring was built last year with room for more entries and extra classes judged over both days of the Show. Particularly popular are the litters of piglets scurrying around the show ring. They couldn't fail to melt the heart.
The Pig Show includes classes for Commercial and Showing stock, which attracts exhibitors from all across the country, as they compete for the Champion Pig of the show.
LLAMAS & ALPACAS
Visit the Llama and Alpaca section to learn more about these magnificent creatures.
RABBITS AND POULTRY
For a number of years the show has held a large Rabbit show, with classes for many of the hundreds of different breeds of Rabbit. Competitors come from all over the South East to take part. The public can watch the judging taking place as well as walk through the marquee and see all the different breeds on display.
Poultry are also on display in this marquee. Along with the many breeds of Chickens and Ducks, there are also Turkeys, Geese, and game birds to name but a few.
The goat section of the show, is alway very popular and the schedule includes classes for dairy goats, milking competitions and young handler classes.
YOUNG FARMERS & SCHOOLS
One of the major aims of the show is to encourage the next generation of farmers. Most sections of the show have classes especially for Young Farmers members and Schools.