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Record sheep entries at this year's Royal Highland Show

All the details on this year’s Royal Highland Show, which is expected to attract nearly 180,000 people during the four-day event.


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Taking place on Thursday, June 18 to Saturday, June 21, 2015 at Ingliston, Edinburgh, the Royal Highland Show is gearing up for its 175th year.

 

Expected to attract nearly 180,000 people during the four-day event, within an estimated economic impact of £47.1 million in 2014, the show will champion British livestock and celebrate the finest food, drink and rural living.

 

Almost 7,000 animals, including record sheep numbers, will be descending on Ingliston to battle it out for the top spot.

 

The Highland Hall will accommodate almost 1,000 beef and dairy cattle and 1,972 sheep will fill the five large marquees located in the north of the showground.


Exhibitors from the length and breadth of the UK will be arriving from the Monday of show week to settle their animals prior to the four-day event starting on Thursday.

 


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Event details

  • When: Thursday, June 18, to Sunday, June 21, 2015
  • Where: The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB
  • Opening times: Thursday 7am–8pm, Friday and Saturday, 8am–8pm, Sunday 8am–6.30pm
  • Tickets: Admission on all four days is: adults £25, senior citizens and students, £20. Children under 15 go free with an adult. Early bird discounts available at £22 and £18. See www.royalhighlandshow.org for tickets
  • Car parking: £8 per day
  • Travel: The showground is adjacent to Edinburgh International Airport on the A8, a short journey from the city centre and close to the main UK motorway networks

Sheep entries are up by more than 100-head, reaching a nine-year high.


Two breeds which have seen notable increases in entries are Blackface, with 119 entries (up by 25) and Bluefaced Leicester which have 135 entries, compared to just over 100 in 2014.


George Milne, development manager at the National Sheep Association, said: "The UK sheep industry continues to build on its reputation of producing high quality lamb for consumers both at home and abroad.

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“There is no better way of demonstrating this to the public than at the Royal Highland Show.


“The sheep being shown are some of the finest in the UK and visitors will see fantastic examples of flock masters’ breeding and production."


In cattle, the Shorthorns will dominate the cattle hall with 125 entries, an increase of 20 from 2014. Limousins come in just behind Shorthorns with 118 entries, a drop of five from last year. The Scottish native beef breeds have also seen an increase in numbers, with both Galloway and Angus entries up to 21 and 91 respectively, giving their judges, John Teare, Isle of Man and Marion Tilson, Gordon, a wealth of quality stock from which to choose winners.

 


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