Beef and dairy cattle form one of the centrepiece attractions of the South of England Show. The spectacle of the daily Cattle Parade is not to be missed, showcasing up to 20 breeds around the main Ardingly Ring. Judging the cattle are the best judges from around the UK, so come and watch every morning from 8.30am or walk through the Abergavenny Building in the afternoons for a close up of the finest beef and dairy cattle in the South of England. Everyone is welcome.
Come and see over 20 different breeds of sheep, including our local breed the Southdown. Classes run all day Thursday with the supreme sheep champion awarded on Friday. Saturday sees our young handlers aged 5 to 18 take to the ring to exhibit their showing skills.
New for this year is a sheepdog and duck show – our highly skilled handler will demonstrate herding skills in this hugely entertaining show for all the family, which will take place in the cattle rings next to the sheep area.
There will be plenty of people on hand to answer your questions so you can find out more about the wide range of breeds on display.
From tiny piglets to enormous sows, the Pig Village offers excitement and interest to visitors of all ages. Come and meet our piglets, sample pork dishes from the Ladies in Pigs and watch our exhibitors guide the pigs around the ring. For fast paced fun, we will also be continuing our ‘Piggy Pranks’ pig agility competition.
There is something happening every day in the pig area with main competitions on Thursday. On Friday we will be holding our Pig of the Year qualifying competition as well as the championships, with young handler competitions on Saturday. You will always find a willing ‘pig person’ to answer any questions you may have.
The Poultry Tent, organised by Arun Valley Poultry Fanciers Society who are now entering their 40th year, offers the opportunity not only to see a wonderful variety of different breeds of fowl but also for any would-be poultry keeper to get help and advice on all aspects of keeping chickens. Starting on Thursday there is a sale of poultry from local breeders which runs over all three days. Saturday sees the competitive show with exhibitors entering their birds and eggs for judging. On each day there will also be the chance to handle pet poultry.
Arun Valley Poultry Fanciers would like to thank the Society for their continued support of the poultry section and for allowing us to be part of the South of England Show. We would also like to thank all our tireless volunteers without whom the poultry sale and show could not take place.
A cut out of a chicken available will be within the area for the children to add pieces of wool to, so by the end of the Show they will have a woolly chicken. There will also be an area set up as a Shearing shed.
Come along to the Goat tent and see some of the best goats in the country, from pygmies for pets to high yielding dairy goats. A few of our exhibitors export our great British goats all over the world, flying the flag for the UK. We have an information stand so you can find out all you want to know about these useful and beautiful animals. We will be showing on Thursday and Friday, so come along and see us in the main Ardingly Ring. We look forward to seeing you there.