Thanks to the lifting of Covid restrictions, livestock competition is back! We have a full programme across all 3 days of the show for cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and rabbits, with interactive displays and talks on poultry. With an array of breeds on display, the livestock section is one of the most popular elements of the show.
Come and see some of the finest cattle from Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Hampshire, Essex and Norfolk compete to become best of breed and then overall show champion. And this year the cattle competitions will include the judging of The Burke Perpetual Challenge Trophy. This prestigious award moves around the country each year to different shows and is commonly regarded as the pinnacle of cattle breeding in the UK. It will be presented to the best pair of breeding animals in the beef and dairy sections, chosen out of all the breed classes at the event. Plus there will of course be fabulous Cattle Parade which we are delighted to welcome back to the main ring this year.
We’ll have an incredible variety on display throughout the show including our local breed – the Southdown. Classes will run on Friday with the supreme sheep champion awarded on Saturday. Sunday will see our young handlers aged 5 to 18 take to the ring to exhibit their amazing showing skills There will be plenty of experts on hand to answer your questions so you can find out more about the wide range of breeds you’ll see. There’s also the hilarious yet educational Sheep Show that the whole family is sure to love.
From beautiful tiny piglets to enormous sows, the Pig Village offers excitement and interest to visitors of all ages. Meet and greet, watch our exhibitors guide the pigs around the ring and enjoy our ‘Piggy Pranks’ agility competition. There is something happening every day with main competitions on Friday. On Saturday we’ll have our Pig of the Year qualifying competition as well as the championships, with young handler competitions on Sunday.
Due to Avian Flu there is no poultry show this year but the team from Arun Valley Poultry Fancier’s Society will be hosting and egg show and lots of interactive displays and activities. This year they will also be hosting speakers from the government’s Animal and Plant Health Agency with talks on getting biosecure for Winter and more vital information for poultry owners on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June.
Come along to our Goat tent to see some of the best goats from all over 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 Friday and Saturday, so come along and see us in the main Ardingly Ring.
Come and see a wide variety of breeds of rabbit courtesy of Sussex Coast Rabbit Club and get information on how to care for them.
Don’t miss out on this fun sheepdog display which offers a brilliant insight into dog behaviour. You’re sure to be entertained as owners and their sheepdogs show off their herding skills. This event takes place in the Cattle Rings with shows taking place twice a day across the three days. When they aren’t showing off their skills, the dogs love to meet people, so why not drop by and say hello and talk to the owners to find out more for yourself.