Pietermaritzburg’s Royal Agricultural Show is the continent’s largest mixed exhibition incorporating a fully-fledged agricultural component. Once again, the show involves a very exciting agricultural programme. The 2018 Royal Show will take place from 25 May to 3 June 2018.

Cattle action at the Royal show

The 2018 Royal Show commences with the Youth and Future Farmer competitions, and the commercial classes with judging ‘on the hoof’, preceding transport to the abattoir.

2018 will see the continuation of the commercial weaner and heifer competitions; the purpose being to seek out the best livestock in KwaZulu-Natal in their ‘working clothes’, with appropriate accolades being extended to the winning exhibitors.

In so doing, it is hoped to expand the section by embracing commercial farmers and providing a platform from which they can gain valuable exposure in the industry.

The carcass auction

South Africa’s premier red meat event will take place in the Sheep Expo hall on Tuesday, 29 May.

The Royal Show competitive bovine stud section is renowned for its excellence in terms of quality stock and, as in past years, this will be the primary area of focus on the Tuesday and Wednesday at the show.

The bovine component concludes with interbreed judging and the Gold Cup Parade and presentations on Wednesday evening. Under flood lights, this spectacular and evocative experience elicits interest on the part of breeders and the public alike.

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Whilst the show caters for all breeds, it is the norm for Angus, Brahman, Hereford, Limousin, Pinzgauer, PinZ2yl, Simmentaler, Simbra and Sussex to underwrite the event.

To complement the competitive classes, the Royal Show Cattle Expo is focused on affording professionals and the public with a display and information on various breeds.  Pleasingly, 2018 will also see the return of the Wagyu; a highly prized breed which, by way of special feed and extraordinary care, is purported to produce the world’s best beef.

Sheep and goat action at the royal show

The 2018 Royal Show will see a good presence of sheep and goats; a vindication of the show’s deemed importance with breeders nationally. Included in the programme are the Hampshire Down National Championships.

Although the section will be operative throughout, the competitive classes conclude on Tuesday evening with the Royal Show carcass auction, South Africa’s premier red meat event, followed on Wednesday afternoon with the Standard Bank Gold Cup presentation in the main arena.

As an adjunct, 2018 will also see the Royal Show hosting an indigenous veld goat sale on Saturday, 29 May, which should prove interesting to members of the public.

The Sheep and Natural Fibre Expo has grown significantly in recent years, and 2018 promises not to disappoint. Amongst others, regular shearing demonstrations will take place as well as activities centred around wool and wool-related products, and informative displays of indigenous small-stock.

Please note that the closing date for entries in all sections is 9 APRIL 2018.

For more information contact Julia Hackland at livestock@royalshow.co.za or visit www.royalshow.co.za

See the programmes for the cattle section as well as the sheep and goat section below:

Cattle section:

DAY TIME DETAILS
Thursday

24 May

 

PM

Arrival of steers

Weighing and mouthing of steers

Friday

25 May

09h00 Weighing and mouthing of steers continued
Saturday

26 May

08h00

 

09h00

 

11h00

12h00

12h30

15h00

Youth Show

 

Student’s Challenge

Steers – halter trained – Main arena

Steers – Unhalter trained

Steers – Championship

Poorer grade steers to abattoir

Future Farmers: Lecture for students, including showing tips

 

Sunday

27 May

08h00

10h00

12h00

12h30

Youth Show

Future Farmers

Arrival of heifers

Higher grade and disqualified steers to abattoir

Monday

28 May

 

10h00

13h00

 

 

09h00

09h00

 

17h00

Commercials

Judging: Beef and dairy heifers

Presentation of prizes

 

Stud

Angus

Brahman – groups and females

 

Farmers’ braai

 

Tuesday

29 May

09h00

09h00

09h00

09h00

09h00

12h00

15h00

 

16h30

Brahman – bulls

Pinzgauer and PinZ2yl

Simbra and Simmentaler

Limousin

Dexters

Sussex

Hereford

 

Carcass auction

Wednesday

30 May

08h00

 

09h00

 

16h00

16h30

Jersey and Holstein

Followed by dairy interbreed

Beef interbreed

 

Grand parade into main arena

Gold Cup presentations and dinner

Sheep and goat section:                   

Date Morning Afternoon
Ring 1 Ring 2 Ring 1 Ring 2
Saturday

26 May

Fat lambs

Approximately 13:00 – Fat lambs to abattoir

Sunday

27 May

Commercial ewes
Monday

28 May

08:00 Dormer

Ile de France

(follow-on)

 

Approximately 17:30 – Farmers’ braai

Boer goats Ile de France Boer goats
Tuesday

29 May

Hampshire Dorper Suffolk
Expo Hall:

Carcass auction – 16:30

Wednesday

30 May

 

Sheep interbreed – 11:00
16h00 – Line up for transportation into main arena and Gold Cup announcements followed by dinner on the Members’ Terrace

 

 

 

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