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:
- Get Biosecure for winter – Saturday 10:30am & 2:00pm
This talk aimed at everybody who keeps poultry from backyard and smallholders to commercial. It will cover the essentials for preparing your flock for winter, discussing housing, enrichment, home biosecurity and basic welfare. There will also be a virus overview of what is H5N1 and its clinical signs – there may be some disturbing images.
- Bird Gathering Guidance – Sunday 10:00am
The Bird gathering guidance will be heavily geared towards bird gatherings (sales, shows, auctions etc…), organisers and exhibitors, but equally beneficial for hobby keepers. Our speakers will touch on key areas such as costs in event of an outbreak at a show, and what to do if there is a suspected outbreak. There will also be a refresh section on the general licence, show paperwork and contingency planning.
Dr Sophia Hepple BVSc MRCVS DipWEL DipECAWBM(AWSEL) PhD NSch – RCVS Specialist Animal Welfare Science Ethics & Law , Veterinary Adviser (Animal Welfare)
Rchard Hepple BVM&S, MSc (Vet Epi & Public Health), MRCVS – Veterinary Advisor – Field Epidemiology Lead
Henrietta Kodilinye-Sims BVetMed PgDipVEPH GCLT MRCVS aka ‘Surrey poultry vet’ & senior lecturer at Surrey University.
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.
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.