The Royal Highland Show is once again set to showcase the very best of farming, food and rural life from Thursday, June 21, to Sunday, June 24, with this year promoted as the ‘year of young people’.
Held at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, it welcomed a record 190,000 visitors last year, making it Scotland’s biggest outdoor event, and attracted a global audience.
A recent report commissioned by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland showed the economic impact of the Royal Highland Show on the Scottish economy was estimated to be £54 million.
David Jackson, Royal Highland Show manager, says: “The Royal Highland Show has proven to be a major economic asset for Scotland and we continue to see increasing interest from exhibitors and competitors from across the UK and abroad, who now recognise this to be an international event.
"It has a solid reputation and genuine business opportunities, with almost 40 per cent of our exhibitors from outside Scotland.”
The Highland Hall will again be at maximum capacity, housing almost 1,100 beef and dairy cattle, with commercial cattle recording their highest number for entries in the last decade at 93, an increase of almost 25 per cent.
With 104 entries, the Beef Shorthorns are set to dominate this year, up from 88 entries in 2017.
The numbers in the dairy section total 109, with the largest section being the Ayrshires at 38. Holsteins total 29 entries and the Dairy Shorthorn section has seen numbers more than double from 12 to 25.
Sheep entries see 2,029 animals competing, making it the second largest number of entries for more a decade, with Texels leading the way at 182 entries, and Beltex close behind with 177.
The young handler competition has 56 entries, illustrating the continued interest from the next generation, particularly in this, the ‘year of young people’.
In addition to the livestock element of the show and extensive retail opportunities, there are rural crafts on display, with countryside and forestry areas, farriery and sheep shearing, as well as live music and entertainment.
An area which has seen tremendous growth in recent years is Scotland’s Larder Live, showcasing Scottish producers and cookery demonstrations, which attracts huge interest from visitors.
Oxford Farming Conference
Following a successful debut last year, The Oxford Farming Conference is returning to the show this year. In Scotland’s ‘year of young people’, the panellists are all young people living and working in Scotland’s land-based sectors, who will be debating ‘this house believes in paying farmers for more than food’.
The debate, which is open to all members of the agricultural community attending the Royal Highland Show, will take place in the Shearing Centre on Thursday, June 21, at 1.30pm.