With the Royal Welsh Show attracting more than 7,000 livestock entries across 1,500 classes, there is no room for complacency when it comes to what is on offer in the stock rings.
In a bid to keep the programme of classes up to date, there has once again been a number of changes to this year’s schedule.
This year, the show is hosting the national show for the Bleu Du Maine sheep society, and following on from the introduction of new pig sections at the 2017 show, organisers have introduced another new section this year for Oxford Sandy and Black Pigs.
The maximum allocation of cattle stalls has also increased from five to 10 in the dairy and beef sections.
Will Hanks, the show’s assistant honorary director of cattle, says: “Cattle are always a big attraction at the Royal Welsh Show, and by increasing the number of stalls available to exhibitors, we aim to increase the wonderful display of cattle at the show.”
To coincide with the increased number of pig sections at the show, this year there will also be no restriction on the number of pig pens an exhibitor can book.
There are also changes in the equine sections, with both the barren mare and two/three-year old classes in the Welsh part-bred section now being split by height.
Harry Fetherstonhaugh, show director, says: “I am sure exhibitors will notice the positive changes that have been made to our equine facilities.
“Having previously increased the parking area, we have completed the erection of 94 new permanent concrete block stables and have refurbished 170 stables with new fronts and internal kick boards.
“There will also be a temporary exercise area for equines at this year’s show, which will be made permanent if it proves a success.”
Royal Welsh Show information