The animal areas are a popular area of the Show, so it is important to ensure you practice good hygiene, particularly before and after eating food and using the bathroom.
A FREE, Fun & Educational experience for children of primary school age.
An #Agsplorers Guide and bag are picked up from BankSA #Agsplorers HQ, just outside the BankSA Farmyard Nursery. The Guide is an educational tool that is fun and engaging – full of fun facts, puzzles, breed information and quizzes, along with the all-important map to show the way.
There are 9 stamping stations located at feature breed sites for Poultry, Beef Cattle, Sheep, Dairy Cattle, Pigs and Golden Grains as well as the BankSA Farmyard Nursery, Agricultural Societies Council stand and Learning Centre.
#Agsplorers can also visit the Alpaca and Goats, Milking Barn, Exhibition Dairy and Vintage Machinery along the way.
On completion Trackers can enter a competition to win a daily prize, of a Family Pass to the 2018 Royal Adelaide Show.
#Agsplorers is a part of Children’s University Adelaide, which provides high quality, voluntary educational experiences for children aged between 7 and 14 years. Children participate in exciting learning experiences where they collect stamps in their Passport to Learning.
If you are a participant in Children’s University Adelaide and you complete the #Agsplorer Track at the end of the Track you will have your University Passport stamped.
Always a family favourite, the Learning Centre is an interactive and informative area where young people and their parents or caregivers can have fun and learn about agriculture and public education in a safe and supervised environment.
Enjoy a range of daily hands-on activities and demonstrations that invite visitors to learn through looking, listening and touching.
Children can cuddle cute baby animals such as rabbits, chicks and guinea pigs whilst having their photograph taken.
There will be miniature horses and donkeys, goats, lambs, a sow with her litter, Alpacas, Sheep, a Dexter cow with her calf and rabbits to name but a few.
The main aviary will have plenty of our feathered friends on show too! Ducks, chicks, swans, geese and pigeons will make up part of a central display.
Did you know the Adelaide Showground is home to the only licensed dairy in the Adelaide metropolitan area?
Over 30,000 litres of milk will be produced over the duration of the Show in this fully operational dairy. The fresh milk is collected daily from the dairy. It is a combined project of the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society and the dairy industry. Visitors have the chance to see how a modern fully-accredited dairy operates, as approximately 120 cows are milked each day.
The Dairy Manager will provide commentary on procedures that take place during a typical milking session. Television screens will provide information about the dairy industry.
Luke and Jessica will present milk education and hand milking demonstrations. At the interactive sessions, they aim to educate public about health management and dietary requirements of dairy cows. They will demonstrate how a cow is hand milked, how milk is separated into its components using traditional techniques, and, with audience participation, manufacturing of butter or soft curd cheese.
Show patrons have the opportunity to experience hand milking a cow and learn more about the nutritional benefits of milk and other dairy products.
Other areas in which a number of animals are on Show across our many competitions include:
- Main Arena (Horses-In-Action, Sheepdog Trials)
- Beef Cattle Judging Lawn
- Dairy Cattle Judging Lawn
- Goat & Alpaca Pavilion
- Pet Centre (Cats, Caged Birds, Reptiles, Aquarium Fish, Rabbit and Cavies [guinea pigs])
- Dog Pavilion
- Pig Pavilion
- Poultry & Pigeon Pavilion
- Sheep Pavilion
Alphabetical Animal Listing
See the best of alpacas bred in South Australia and from interstate breeders, in the SA Alpaca Breed and Fleece Championships.
Alpacas are exhibited within age, gender and colour classes, providing a spectacle of display of the full range of colour.
The Alpaca industry is consolidating its commercial focus within Australia, as the national herd size continues to grow. Australia has also been eagerly sourced for the international supply of alpacas around the world, as a result of the industry’s acknowledged herd quality and the country’s strict animal biosecurity and animal health programs. Australia has the largest number of alpacas outside of the original homeland of the alpaca, South America.
This year 18 stud breeds will be judged: Angus, Australian Shorthorn, Australian Lowline, Beef Shorthorn, Belted Galloway, Brahman, Charolais, Hereford, Highland, Limousin, Murray Grey, Red Angus, Red Poll, Santa Gertrudis – Feature Breed, Shorthorn, Simmental, Speckle Park and Square Meaters.
In 2017, the judges officiating are – Neil Watson from New South Wales, Jake Phillips from South Australia, Tania Guaran from Victoria, Peter Falls New South Wales from and Tim Lord from New South Wales.
Beef Cattle Feature Breed – Santa Gertrudis
The Santa Gertrudis bull is renowned as one of the industry`s most efficient beef producers.
Key traits of the breed include heat tolerance, tick resistance, and most importantly, when crossed with British breeds, an immediate drop in the number of losses due to eye cancer and pink eye.
Santa cattle have the ability to thrive on lush pasture without suffering from bloat - a problem which causes untold losses every year in some of Australia`s southern States.
Mature Santa Gertrudis bulls weigh in excess of 900 kg with 1000 kg and more not uncommon. The mature Santa cow can weigh up to 750kg, she has excellent milking ability with high butterfat content, few calving problems and in competitive tests has produced consistently larger calf crops than other breeds.
An inherent trait of Bos Indicus is their unlaboured gait which enables them to easily cope with long distances to food or water, unlike some European and British breeds.Beef Cattle Interbreed Judging
The Interbreed judging of the Champion Interbreed Sire’s Progeny, All Breeds Supreme Champion Pair and All Breeds Junior Champion Pair. The Champion Bull and Female from each breed are judged against all other breeds to produce Champions of the Show. Interbreed Sires Progeny judging involves three animals from each breed, all bred from the same sire, being judged as a trio against other breed groups. The Sunday Interbreed Judging provides a spectacular display of cattle on the Beef Cattle Judging Ring as they are paraded and judged at the same time.
The Supreme Champion Female and Supreme Champion Bull that will go up against each other for the prestigious title of Supreme Champion Beef Cattle Exhibit in Show!Beef Cattle Led Steer Competition On Hoof Judging
The Led Steer Competition is judged in two stages: On Hoof and On Hook. The On Hoof stage involves visual appraisal of muscle content, fat cover and market suitability. The competition is keenly contested by a number of schools as part of their agricultural studies. Studs compete in separate classes.Beef Cattle Led Steer Competition Carcase Judging
Carcasses are judged on their suitability for the trade and domestic markets and awarded points out of 100. The highest point scoring carcase from each category is awarded champion with the Grand Champion going to the highest point scoring overall.Beef Cattle State Young Judges Judging Championships
This competition provides a platform for the judges of tomorrow. Agricultural Societies' finalists and interested novice judges aged 15 - 25 take part in the judging of Murray Grey, Santa Gertrudis and Limousin.
The Caged Birds competition features Budgerigars, Canaries, Finches, Parrots, Quails, Zebra Finches, Lovebirds and Galahs. Members of the Budgerigar Society of SA, Southern Caged Bird Society and Adelaide Zebra Finch Society will be on site daily and will be happy to answer questions about our feathered friends. You will have the rare chance to see baby quail in their nest boxes!
Top Fifteen Exhibits in Show will be chosen from Major Prize Winners on Sunday 10 September
Judge Janice Davey, New Zealand will judge up to 35 breeds of pedigree cats commencing on Friday 1 September through to Friday 8 September (except Wednesday 6 September). The judge will choose the top pedigree cats to return for the top 15 and supreme judging on Sunday 10 September culminating in the Best Cat in Show for 2017.
Wednesday 6 September – Specialist Cat Clubs will be on display and Breeders will be showcasing their breeds – an opportunity to learn and ask questions from experienced exhibitors.Domestic Cats
Domestic cats are judged in two categories as kittens up to 9 months of age or neuter male and female cats from 9 months of age. Additional classes for overall Best Coat Colour and Texture, Best Groomed, Best Condition and Best Eye Colour will also be judged. A presentation of Major prize winners will conclude the judging at 10:45am on Saturday 9 September when the Best Domestic and Reserve Best Domestic Cat in Show is announced.
Cavies (Guinea Pigs)
Cavies or Guinea Pigs, they're one and the same - cute, cuddly and squeaky and there are 36 different breeds. Many different Cavies of all shapes and sizes will be judged, both short and longhaired. There is even a prize for junior and senior handlers.
On Monday 4 September see the judging of all Jersey and Guernsey classes from 9am and Ayrshire and Illawarra in the afternoon.
On Tuesday 5 September see the Young Handlers Workshop and Young Handler Competition judged. Encouraging youth involvement, these competitions are an important part of the industry.
Holstein – Feature Breed classes will be judged from 9am on Wednesday 6 September followed by the prestigious Interbreed Supreme Judging at approximately 2pm.
There will be five Dairy Cattle breeds judged this year: Ayrshire, Guernsey, Holstein – Feature Breed, Jersey and Illawarra. The international judge is Brian Carscadden, Ontario, Canada who will judge the Holstein breed and the Young Judges Championship. Other judges include Derek Hayward, New Zealand who will judge Ayrshire, Steve Joyce, Victoria will judge Guernsey, Wendy Harker, New Zealand will judge Illawarra and Les Bennett, Victoria will judge Jersey.
Dairy Cattle Feature Breed: Holstein
The Holstein breed originated in the Rhine Delta region of north-western Europe and developed into the distinctive black and white dairy breed in the North Holland and West Friesian regions of the Netherlands.
In 1886, one bull and six female animals arrived at Epping north of Melbourne from the Netherlands via New Zealand. In 1892, the foundation herd expanded to other parts of Victoria and the south coast of NSW. More imports of animals from Holland followed.
Today, Holstein cattle make up about 70 per cent of Australia’s 1.6 million dairy cows. The breed is renowned for its adaptability to a wide range of environmental conditions and Holsteins are found throughout Australia.
Industry data shows milk recorded Holstein cattle produce an average of 7,087 litres of milk, 278 kg fat (3.93%) and 232 kg (3.27%) protein. The overwhelming majority of Holstein cows have been artificially bred using genetics sourced from throughout the world.Dairy Cattle State Young Judges Championships
This competition provides a platform for the judges of tomorrow. Agricultural Societies’ finalists and interested novice judges aged 15 - 25 take part in the judging of Holstein, Guernsey and Jersey.Dairy Cattle Junior Handlers Competition
Come and see the entrants 8 to 25 years showcasing their knowledge and ability of the preparation and presentation of their animals to the judges.
In 2017 the international judges are Mr Kurt Nilsson (Sweden), Ms Michelle Scott (Canada) and Dr György Tesics (Hungary). These judges will officiate across all breeds in the Dog Pavilion. A variety of different breeds will be exhibited each day of the main program.
The “Lunchtime Entertainment Program” Disc-gility, will be staged in the Dogs Pavilion from Friday 1 until Friday 8 September. (No performance Sunday 3 September due to Junior Showmanship competition). The program commences at 12.30pm.
Bearded Collie; judging on Friday 1 September, Poodle (all varieties); judging on Saturday 2 September & Afghan Hound; judging on Saturday 9 September
Rare breeds to be shown in 2017 include Bergamasco Shepherd Dog, Peruvian Hairless, Portuguese Podengo & Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Group 1 Toys: This is a group of small dogs – including Chihuahuas, King Charles Spaniels, Yorkshire Terriers and Japanese Chin. Normally kept as pets, but they can be trained to perform in Obedience – e.g. the Papillon.
Group 2 Terriers: These are feisty, energetic dogs whose sizes range from fairly small, as in the Norfolk, Cairn or West Highland White Terrier to the grand Airedale Terrier. Most terriers have wiry coats that require special grooming known as stripping in order to maintain a characteristic appearance.
Group 3 Gundogs: This group includes setters, pointers and retrievers. These dogs are naturally alert and active.
Group 4 Hounds: Most hounds share the common trait of being used for hunting. The sight hounds include Greyhounds, Afghan Hounds, Borzois, and Whippets, Scent Hounds use their nose to follow their targets. Scent Hounds include Beagles and Bassets.
Group 5 Working: Dogs of the Working Group were bred to perform such jobs as guarding property, pulling sleds and herding animals. Breeds include – Australian Kelpies, Shetland Sheepdogs, Old English Sheepdogs and German Shepherd Dogs.
Group 6 Utility: Includes guard dogs such as Boxers, Rottweilers and Bullmastiffs.
Group 7 Non Sporting: Non-sporting dogs are a diverse group. They are sturdy animals with as different personalities and appearances as the Chow Chow, Dalmatian, French Bulldog, and Keeshond. The breeds in the Non-Sporting Group are a varied collection in terms of size, coat, personality and overall appearance.
OBEDIENCE, RALLY OBEDIENCE, AGILITY, JUMPING AND GAMES TRIALS & DANCES WITH DOGS COMPETITIONS
Well- trained and well-behaved dogs bring joy and fun to families everywhere. It is also a lot of fun to train our ‘Best Friends’ to be clever, happy, good community companions and loveable in-control pets. Most nights in the Dog Pavilion you can see just how much fun it can be!
Obedience Utility Trials
Scent work and obedience commands at a distance – many years of training are required to complete the tests required.
Obedience Open Trials
Retrieving, jumping and out of sight stays make this test a challenge for the dog and handler.
Obedience Novice and Community Companion Dog (CCD)
Beginners’ entry level to obedience trials – basic obedience control and stays with dogs working on a lead.
Rally Obedience is a motivational sport for both the handler and the dog where praise and encouragement may be used while negotiating a course of signs. This is fun for both dog and handler.
Agility, Jumping and Games Trials
Games (Strategic Pairs & Snooker)
Snooker is a 2-part game of strategy and team work. The Judge will establish a time limit for the course. Points can only be earned within the allotted time.
Jumping Dog Trials (Master, Open, Excellent & Novice)
See high-speed action where speed and accuracy is the name of the game. Dogs will fly over jumps and through tunnels to beat the clock seeking a clear round over a set course.
Action packed excitement with dogs racing over, under and through an obstacle course to cross the finish line without penalties or time faults.
Dogs SA Junior Showmanship State Final
Judging: Sunday 3 September during the lunchbreak
RA&HS Junior Showmanship Competition
Daily judging during lunch break. Final will be held on Sunday 10 September at the completion of the dog judging.
This is all about the top junior handlers of South Australia working with their dogs and performing effortlessly as a team – not an easy task! The Judge assesses the handler’s ability to control the dog and show it to the best advantage.
Dances with Dogs Competition
The primary goal of the Dances with Dogs is to promote a positive and enjoyable relationship between dogs and their owners through the medium of music. Dances with Dogs is a fully accredited dog sport with the Australian National Kennel Council. All breeds and sizes of dogs are eligible, even seniors, also handlers of any physical capability will enjoy Dances with Dogs and can compete. The ability to showcase the dog/ handler relationship is what is important.
The Royal State Grooming Challenge is co-ordinated by the Pet Industry Association. This is a State by State grooming challenge held at the Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra Royals culminating in a final show-down for the title of Supreme Royal Groomer.
Anyone from any State can compete for the Best in Show for the award of Royal Champion Groomer. At each Royal there will be 1 State Finalist. If the Best in Show winner is from that State they automatically qualify as the State Finalist.
The overall Royal Adelaide Show Champion will be eligible to enter the Royal Champion Groomer competition.
Dog Weight Pull Competition
The strength of the canine world set against a trolley load of weights.
All dogs are weighed prior to each competition and placed in specific weight classes. Dogs have 60 seconds to pull the weighted kart over a distance of five meters. Handlers determine which weight the competing dogs will attempt to pull throughout the competition. Dogs of all breeds are able to compete and with some dogs weighing less than 40 kilos, they are still capable of pulling over a tonne in weight.
Introduced in 2003, this fast-paced competition attracts teams from around the country and is a spectator’s delight! Flyball is a relay race between two teams of four dogs. Racing side by side, one dog from each team must go over four hurdles, trigger a flyball box pedal, catch (retrieve) a ball and then return over all four hurdles to the start/finish gate where the next dog eagerly awaits.
Each team consists of four dogs racing in each heat, plus up to two reserves. Reserves can be interchanged after each heat. There are between three and five heats to a race, and a team has to win a majority to win the race.
Flyball encompasses jumping, catching, retrieving, competing and striving to please their owners. Flyball is a sport in which any dog can participate, regardless of breed, shape or size. A sport which is very popular in the eastern states is now becoming well supported and followed here in South Australia.
Boer goat genetics were imported into Australia in the late 1980's and were released from Quarantine in the mid 90's. Since this time the popularity of the Boer goat has gone from strength to strength with numbers rapidly increasing.
Boer goat bucks are being used to crossbreed with Australian rangeland does producing a much quicker growing carcase, which reaches slaughter weight in significantly faster time and has a higher dressing out percentage. The Boer goat has also performed extremely well in trials and carcase competitions proving it to be the superior meat goat breed.
With Australia being the largest exporter of goat meat in the world, the numbers of Boer goats in Australia continues to rise as farmers and grazers turn to goat production as a profitable alternative enterprise or as an adjunct to traditional farming enterprises.
In 2017, South African judge, Braam Maritz will be officiating.Miniature Goats
Now in their second year at the Royal Adelaide Show, the Miniature Goats proved to be a huge success with Show visitors in 2015.
The Australian Miniature goat breed has been in development for over ten years. The number of breeders and availability of stock has grown steadily over the years.
The Australian Miniature Goat is a genetically small animal bred down from different larger goat breeds established in Australia since 1900's by selecting smaller quality animals and pairing them. They are hardy, alert animals with impeccable temperaments that come in all colours and colour combinations.
These friendly, funny and cute little goats are perfect for small lifestyle properties and are the only Miniature Goat established and developed in Australia.Angora Goats
The Australian Angora Goat Industry has been a stayer of producing valued Mohair, with the resurgence of imported genetics in the late 1980’s to 90’s and up to 2009 of the last African imports, the Mohair industry has performed well on the world market place for demand of Mohair type and quality. The present industry is at the maturing age of breeders and with a renewed interest in the Australia’s green and clean mohair quality from overseas, mohair prices are holding steady with weaving and knitting types of Mohair.
Angora goats are a dual purpose animal producing fibre and meat. In future, demands for both commodities are excellent for the sustainability of the Angora Goat and Mohair Industry.
Currently there are approximately 400 Angora Mohair producers in Australia and with further interest in the industry are being noticed by large farmers as well as smaller farmers of primary producers.Angora Goats & Mohair Fleeces Young Judges Championship
The purpose of this competition is to promote and teach agricultural students about the viable commercial industry of Angora goats and Mohair fleeces. The students will be required to appraise both fleece and conformation of the animal. This competition will be held in conjunction with Mohair Australia and involve industry representatives and agricultural students.Mohair Fleeces
Mohair is the luxury fibre that is obtained from Angora goats. The fleece is sort after by international manufacturers for its unique, natural and workability qualities. Uses range from high fashion market place to a diverse variety of products, such as rugs, blankets and furnishings. Its natural durability provides for long lasting, quality products that are environmentally friendly. Mohair is a luxury fibre which is soft, lively, rich in lustre and emanates quality. When used with blends, especially with other natural fibres such as Alpaca, cashmere, wool and silk, or as a standalone fibre, the finished product is truly “alive” and of the highest quality of world renowned natural fibres.Dairy Goats
Dairy Goats are bred to produce a viable quantity of milk, firstly for raising its progeny but also for cheese production and dairy supplies. The competition is run at a time when many of the Show animals have recently given birth to kids, hence good numbers of cute and bouncy babies abound in the pavilion.Led Goat Wethers
An educational competition for schools introducing students to the requirements needed to care for and prepare their stock for the Show-ring (on hoof competition) and the purpose of breeding such stock (the carcase competition).
The 2017 Horses-in-Action competition will present some of the finest horses in Australia. Over nine days riders, drivers, ponies and horses comprising hacks, harness and show jumpers will compete for an ultimate Championship in every section.Show Jumping
The Royal Adelaide Show attracts the highest calibre of show-jumping horses and riders together with the prestigious qualifying round of the World Cup Jumping Competition on Thursday 8 September @ 1pm. On Thursday 8 September visitors will have the opportunity to walk the World Cup course – get up close to the jumps and see how high they are.Section 4's
A challenge in horsemanship, jumping and timing teams of four riders jump over brush fences at speed. Prepare yourself for spectacular hunting “pinks”, outstanding entertainment all in tradition to amazing discipline.Concours d'Elegance
A Concours d'Elegance (from French, meaning a competition of elegance) dates back to 17th Century French aristocracy, who paraded horse-drawn carriages in the parks of Paris during summer weekends and holidays.Racehorse to Showhorse
Presented by Thoroughbred Racing SA
The “Racehorse to Showhorse” program is designed to promote the welfare of retired racehorses by encouraging those involved in horse sports to consider a retired racehorse.
Thoroughbreds are a highly sought after breed for equestrian disciplines not only because of their striking presence but also for their versatility and character. Many retired racehorses in Australia have successfully transitioned into careers in hacking, show jumping, polo, dressage, eventing and as pony club all-rounders.
Horses entered in these classes must have competed in an official trial or started in a race, locally, nationally or internationally and be shown under their racing name.
In 2017, a new class “Fashions off the Track” will be introduced. This class promises to be an amazing spectacle as exhibitors vie for the title dressed up in their finest Spring racing carnival outfits!
Adelaide is one of the few Royal Shows in Australia that continues to judge stud pigs.
The pig judges look for specific characteristics to determine the best type of pig for that breed.
Some of the characteristics that the judges look for - good legs and feet, body type (conformation), colouring and breeding attributes.
The following rare breeds will be showcased as this year’s Feature Breeds.
The Wessex Saddleback is a striking looking black pig with a white belt, which includes the front legs, around the body. Originating from the New Forest in southern England, this breed was a foraging breed for over ten centuries. Today, there are at least nine registered pedigree herds of the Wessex Saddleback pig in Australia, estimated to contain registered breeding sows. The Wessex Saddleback is supported as an endangered species by the Rare Breeds Trust of Australia.
The Tamworth pig is said to be descended from the wild hog resident in the Midland Counties of England and domesticated around 300 years ago. According to the Rare Breeds Trust, “The Hawkesbury Agricultural College first imported Tamworths into Australia from England in the 1890s”
The exact origin of the Duroc breed is unknown. A number of red pig strains developed around 1800 in the United States in areas such as New York and New Jersey. The Duroc was first imported into Australia in 1922 and by 1936 had become quite popular. However, the breed gradually lost favour and became extinct in the early forties. In 1981, Durocs were re-introduced to Australia.
The Hampshire breed has been developed in the United States and is heavily represented in its national herd. The original breeding stock was imported from Wessex, UK in 1832. From the time of its arrival in the USA until 1890, the breed was called “The Thin Rind” breed due to the abundance of lean meat it produced. In Australia, the Hampshire wasn’t imported until the eighties and there is evidence it was used in the “improvement” of Saddlebacks. It is now the most critically rare breed in Australia.
The Large Black pig breed is a traditional, heritage breed that was first imported to Australia from the UK in the early 1900’s. It has its origins in the Old English Hog of the 16th and 17th centuries and by the late 1800s the main strongholds of the breed were in East Anglia and Devon and Cornwall. In the 1960s the trend towards intensive farming favouring fast growing, bacon type, white pigs led a rapid decline in the Large Black breed. As a result, this breed once prized for its succulent, tasty meat fell foul of the whims of farming fashion and has now been placed on the “critical” list by rare breeds organisations the world over.
Poultry & Eggs
The Poultry Section has one of the largest showing of poultry at any Royal Show in Australia. Poultry were first shown at the Royal Adelaide Show in 1844 as part of the stock display, 173 years ago.Poultry
2017 Feature Breeds: Indian Game Fowl, Indian Game Bantam and Campbell Duck.Pigeons
Due to the current outbreak of Rota virus that is affecting pigeon lofts throughout the country including here in South Australia the pigeon display at the 2017 Royal Adelaide Show has been cancelled. This decision has not been taken lightly and was made in the interests of the birds and fanciers of both Racing and Show Pigeons. It is also in line with National recommendations and Veterinarian advice. It is hoped that the development of a successful vaccine to combat the virus will occur in the coming months and that the display will return swiftly and with increased numbers in 2018.Eggs
This year, see the exciting egg display featuring brown, white and speckled eggs. Eggs will be judged on uniformity of size, shape, colour, shell texture and appearance.
Over the ten days of the Show more than 3,000 eggs will be laid. All are donated to the Salvation Army for distribution in the community.
More than 25 different breeds of rabbits will be on show over the two days. The Rabbit Jumping Competition is fast becoming a family favourite.
The reptiles’ competition features 7 snake classes with a variety of python species and 5 Lizard classes including Bearded Dragon, Blue Tongue Lizard, Stumpy Tailed Lizard, Dragon and Water Dragon.
The Champion Snake and Lizard will be on display throughout the Show.
The Royal Adelaide Sheep Show is divided into two sections – Prime Lamb and Maternal Breeds (judged first half of Show) and Merino, Poll Merino and Prime SAMM breeds (judged second half of Show) with changeover day being Monday 5 September.Rabobank Sheep Feature Breed– Suffolk
The Suffolk is a truly pure and unique breed that has been proven for over 200 years. The uniformity and hardiness of this breed maximizes the hybrid vigour of the progeny. The use of the Suffolk sire is preferred on maiden ewes and makes identification of cross bred lambs easier. The Suffolk breed is the most recognised breed worldwide. It is unsurpassed in eating quality and is considered the breed for the table. The black hard feet make sure that the Suffolk are built to go the distance. The early maturing lambs increase profits for prime lamb producers.Champion Interbreed Lamb Production Terminal Classes – Trade and Export
Judging: Sunday 3 September @ 10am
Lamb Production Classes – Maternal and Terminal
Class 1 is open to Corriedale, Dohne, Border Leicester, Romney, Polwarth, Prime SAMM, Merino and Poll Merino Sheep, breeds which are used in a maternal cross-breeding program.
Class 2 is open to Poll Dorset, White Suffolk Suffolk and Texel.
In the Show-ring points will be awarded for market suitability, wool, skin and breed type.Prime Lamb and Maternal Breeds
Breeds to be judged include Romney, Border Leicester, Corriedale, Polwarth, White Suffolk, Ryeland, Southdown, Dorset Horn, Drysdale, Texel, Poll Dorset, Suffolk, Hampshire Down, Cheviot, Dorper & White Dorper.