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.
BankSA #Agsplorers Track
Sponsored by BankSA
A FREE, Fun & Educational experience for children of primary school age.
An #Agsplorers Guide and bag are collected 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 and agricultural information and quizzes, along with the all-important map to show the way.
There are 11 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 in addition to the stands featuring Agricultural Societies Council, PIRSA, the Maritime Museum and the Learning Centre.
#Agsplorers can also visit the Alpaca and Goats, Milking Barn, Exhibition Dairy and Vintage Machinery along the trail.
On completion Trackers can enter a competition to win one of ten prizes, of a Family Pass to the 2019 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.
Supported by the Department for Education and Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA
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:
- Hold baby animals and reptiles
- Watch sheep shearing, cow milking and baby animal feeding demonstrations
- Learn about wine making and taste different infused olive oils
- Science busking and hands-on interactive science activities
The Learning Centre is a part of the 2018 BankSA #Agsplorers Track.
BankSA Farmyard Nursery
Sponsored by BankSA
Children can cuddle cute baby animals such as rabbits, chicks and guinea pigs whilst having their photograph taken.
There will be ponies and donkeys, goats, sheep and lambs, a sow with her litter, alpacas, 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?
OOver 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.
Two tours daily (Sat 1 Sept - Tues 4 Sept) starting at 2.30pm and 4pm
Ever wondered what life on a dairy farm is like? Did you know the Adelaide Showground is home to metro Adelaide’s only licensed dairy? Register for a Legendairy Farmer Tour and meet the people and the cows behind the milk, cheese and yoghurt in your fridge.
Public should arrive at the Exhibition Dairy prior to tour start times to register for the tour. Group size maximum 20 participants. Registration on a first-come basis.
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.
Pigs & People
Everything you ever wanted to know about pigs can be found at Pigs & People, an educational and entertaining display about piggy pregnancies, farrowing, lactation, nutrition and breed information.
A sow and her litter will be the stars of this show. Pigs & People showcases the high standard of nutrition, welfare and stock-handling practices used in the Pig industry. Hands-on-fun for everyone is guaranteed and an opportunity to 'Pat the Pig'.
Here you will also find a BankSA #Agsplorers Track stamping station.
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 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.
Learn all about fish that are perfect for large or small aquariums. You’ll see everything from goldfish to ornate cowfish. The fish on show range from the very small to very large varieties. You may even find your next pet on show.
This year the following stud breeds will be judged: Angus, Belted Galloway, Brahman, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Highland, Limousin, Murray Grey, Red Angus, Red Poll, Santa Gertrudis, Shorthorns, Simmental, Speckle Park – Feature Breed and Square Meaters.
In 2018, the judges officiating are – Matt Kirk from Queensland, Gavin O'Brien from New South Wales, Hannah Powe from New South Wales, Jonathan Spence and Tom Green from South Australia.
Beef Cattle Feature Breed – Speckle Park
Speckle Park, the beef cattle breed created in Canada, are now an internationally sought after breed. They are a carcase orientated yet maternal Pure Bred (not a composite), breed of beef cattle, they are Polled and British Bred.
Speckle Park cattle come in a variety of colour patterns. They are predominantly black with white top line and underline, with speckled hips and sometimes shoulders and with a black or black roan face. The second colour pattern is the leopard pattern. It is similar to the speckled pattern but there are definite black spots on the animal instead of just speckles. The white animals with some black hair on the body are considered 'leopards'. The third colour pattern is the 'white' pattern. The white animals have white hair on the body and face but have black points. i.e. eyes, ears, nose, and hooves. The fourth is solid black.
Speckle Park are docile animals. Their gentle disposition makes them a pleasure to work with. They are however tribal and prefer to be in the company of other cattle.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 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.
The Caged Birds competition features Budgerigars, Canaries, Finches, Parrots, Quails, Zebra Finches, Lovebirds and Galahs. Members of the 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! Watch them visibly grow throughout the 10 days of the Show.
Top Fifteen Exhibits in Show will be chosen from Major Prize Winners on Sunday 9 September
Judge Kathy Black, Oklahoma, USA will judge up to 35 breeds of pedigree cats commencing on Friday 31 August through to Friday 7 September (except Wednesday 5 September). The judge will choose the top pedigree cats to return for the top 15 and supreme judging on Sunday 9 September culminating in the Best Cat in Show for 2018.
Wednesday 5 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. This competition gives these cats the chance to shine. 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 8 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 Holstein and Guernsey classes from 9am and Ayrshire and Illawarra in the afternoon.
On Tuesday 4 September see the Young Handlers Workshop and State Young Handler Championship judged. Encouraging youth involvement, these competitions are an important part of the industry.
Jersey – Feature Breed classes will be judged from 9am on Wednesday 5 September followed by the prestigious Interbreed Supreme Judging at approximately 2pm.
There will be five Dairy Cattle breeds judged this year: Ayrshire, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey – Feature Breed and Illawarra. The feature breed judge is Peter Gilbert from New Zealand who will judge Jersey and the National Young Judges Championship. Other judges include Zane Kite from New Zealand who will judge Ayrshire, Ben Govett from Victoria who will judge Holstein and the National Young Handlers Championship, Damen Phillips from Queensland who will judge Illawarra and the Junior Show Competition Laurie Dunn from QLD will judge the Guernsey and David Peglar from South Australia will judge the State Young Handlers Championship.
Dairy Cattle Feature Breed: Jersey
As its name implies, the Jersey was bred on the British Channel Island of Jersey. It apparently descended from cattle stock brought over from the nearby Norman mainland and was first recorded as a separate breed around 1700. They were first introduced into Australia in 1829 and spread throughout Australia with the Australian Jersey Herd Society being formed in the early 1900's.
The breed is popular for the high butterfat content of its milk and the lower maintenance costs attending its lower body weight. Due to the small size, docile and inquisitive character and attractive features of the Jersey cow, small herds were imported into England by aristocratic landowners as adornment for aesthetically landscaped parks.
Jerseys come in all shades of brown, from light tan to almost black. They are frequently fawn in colour.Dairy Cattle State Young Handlers Championship
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.Dairy Cattle State Young Judges Championship
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 Jersey, Illawarra and Guernsey.
In 2018 the international judges are Mr Frank Kane (UK) and Mr Luis Teixeira (Portugal). 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.
An Obedience Demonstration will be held on Saturday 1 September at 12.30pm
The National Junior Handlers Final – hosted by Dogs SA will be held during the lunchbreak on Sunday 9 September approx. 12noon.
NOTE: Certain classes of the Dog Competition will be Live Streamed on the last Sunday of the Show. Visit www.theshow.com.au to view.
Judging on Saturday 1 September
Judging on Saturday 8 September
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
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. 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.
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.
Agility & Jumping Dog Trials
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.
RA&HS Junior Handler Competition
Daily judging during lunch break, except Sunday 2 and Saturday 8 September.
Final will be held on Sunday 9 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.
Watch Dog Groomers showcase their skills in transforming a dog's coat to a stylish trim or an everyday easy-care style. The groomers are judged on their technique, coat preparation and final result.
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.
We all know dogs love to run, so come and see them do what they do best in Flyball. 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 all things that dogs love to do - 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 2018, South African judge, Willem Botha will be officiating.Miniature Goats
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 this time.
In 2018 the Miniature Goat section has opened up to the following breeds:-
- Australian Minature Goat
- Pygmy Goat and Derivatives
- Nigerian Dwarf and Derivatives
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.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 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 2018 Horses-in-Action competition will present some of the finest horses in Australia. Over ten 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 6 September @ 1pm. On Thursday 6 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.Supreme Equestrian Award
In 2018, the Supreme Equestrian Award has been introduced to recognise participation and skill across a number of horse disciplines held at the Royal Adelaide Show.
This award will be presented to the rider who achieves a minimum of four first place class wins in two or more disciplines.
If the prize is not awarded in any given year, the prize will jackpot and be added to the following $1000 prize offer.
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.
This year's Feature Breed is the Large White. The Large White breed of pig was developed in England in the late 1700s. There were nearly 4000 Large Whites registered in England in 1981, ranking them as the top breed in that country. The Large White has become well established as a major breed in virtually all pig producing countries in the world.
By 1921 the breed had spread to Sydney and by 1931 had been expanded to southern and western Victoria, southern Queensland and Adelaide. The Large White is now the most popular breed in Australia.
Poultry, Pigeons & Eggs
Feature Breeds: Rhode Island Fowl, Rhode Island Bantam and Rouen.
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, 174 years ago.
Feature Breeds: Racing Homer and Jacobin.
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.
Come and see more than 25 different breeds of rabbits on show over the two days. If you would like to see something exciting the Rabbit Jumping Competition is fast becoming a family favourite. You can almost see the smile on these rabbits faces as they compete by jumping a miniature hurdle course.
See the daily breed displays and rabbit jumping demonstrations.
This exciting competition is not for the fainthearted. There are 7 snake classes with a variety of python species as well as a new Elapid Species Class.
There are 5 Lizard classes including Bearded Dragon, Blue Tongue Lizard, Stumpy Tailed Lizard, Dragon and Water Dragon.
Snakes and Lizards will then be on display throughout the Show so come down and check out what the Champion Snake and Lizard look like.
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 3 September.Rabobank Sheep Feature Breed– Border Leicester
The Border Leicester breed has a proud history and a positive future. While the Border Leicesters' beginnings are very much British, its impact on the Australian sheep industry has been enormous. Their origins can be directly traced back to the Dishley Leicester, made famous by the renowned British livestock breeder Robert Bakewell (1726-1795). Over many years the Border Leicester has proved itself to be the number one maternal breed in Australia. First cross Border Merino ewes are sought after by leading lamb producers across the country because of their ability to produce large numbers of quality lambs, over a wide range of climatic conditions. Today the Border Leicester can be found in just about all parts of Australia except the northern tropical regions. From high rainfall areas, to the wheat sheep country and into the drier pastoral regions, Border rams are being used to produce the quality first cross ewes that the prime lamb industry needs.Champion Interbreed Lamb Production Terminal Classes – Trade and Export
Judging: Sunday 2 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, Texel, Poll Dorset, Suffolk, Hampshire Down, Dorper & White Dorper.
Sports Shear South Australia will host the State Representative Selection Finals for machine shearing on the last Saturday of the Show.
The machine shearers have qualified for this event by attending a minimum of four competitions out of a maximum of ten, held across the State of South Australia. The majority of competitions are staged at local country shows. They will shear in three rounds during the day, shearing ten sheep each per round, with points collated to pick the top three shearers to represent South Australia at the National Shearing and Woolhandling Championship.
Young and upcoming shearers, who will also be shearing have also competed at many of the regional shearing competitions and have shown a commitment to the shearing industry and a passion and drive to improve their skills. TAFE SA Shearing and Wool Classing students assist with the wool preparation and sheep handling on the day.