Royal Cornwall Show goat entry record smashed
A record number of dairy goats will be competing at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show which will be held on the 9th, 10th and 11th June.
More than 100 entries have been received for the show, surpassing the previous record high that stood at 99.
Sue Smith, organiser of the goat section at the Royal Cornwall Show is pleased with the increase in numbers.
“We have had 111 dairy goat entries this year. We’ve never had this many before!
“There are more Anglo Nubians and quite a few more Golden Guernsey goats as well this year. We have also attracted four brand new exhibitors.”
Goats were one of the very first animal species to be domesticated and are always a very popular part of Cornwall’s largest annual event.
The competitive classes run during the Thursday and Friday of the show, something which Sue feels adds to the appeal for goat exhibitors.
“We have the Royal Cornwall first and then Kernow Dairy Show on the second day, as a back to back show, which exhibitors like and two judges means twice the chances of picking up major awards.”
A constant stream of visitors are drawn into the section’s marquee to see the goats and watch the judging process unfold.
The Saturday sees the young goats coming out to play in the ring. The kids will have straw bales to run, jump and tumble over. It’s an entertaining sight and a crowd pleaser.
This year will also see meat breed goats represented. Two Boer goats will be on display alongside the dairy goats.
“They are here with a view to having them shown in their own competitive classes at next year’s show,” adds Sue.
The Royal Cornwall is recognised as being one of the leading traditional agricultural shows in the country. For more information, visit www.royalcornwall.co.uk.
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