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Region’s shows highlight best of agriculture to public

May 1, 2019 by  
Filed under News & Business

The summer show season starts this month with a host of attractions to woo visitors from across the region and beyond.

New to the Suffolk Show this year is a Farming Live Area which aims to educate members of the public about where their food comes from. This year, it will focus on oilseed rape – featuring moving machinery demonstrations.

Billed as the county’s biggest day out, the Suffolk Show takes place on 29-30 May at Trinity Park, Ipswich. As well as celebrating Suffolk, the two-day event is seen as an opportunity for the public to learn more about farming and agriculture in the county.

Rural economy

The show is run and managed by the Suffolk Agricultural Association. Its core purpose is to promote the importance of food, farming and the countryside to the economy and character of Suffolk – including visitors as well as locals.

For farmers, the show is an opportunity to network and take a closer look at the latest developments in farming machinery and technology. Machinery exhibits from 30 companies will include displays by Claas Manns, Ernest Doe & Sons, P Tuckwell, and Thurlow Nunn Standen.

The event will recognise rising stars in agriculture. Presentations made in the Collins Grand Ring will include the Suffolk Agricultural Apprentice of the Year award, sponsored by Easton and Otley College; and the Suffolk Rising Star Scholarship Award, supported by Fram Farmers.

Held on 26-27 June, the Royal Norfolk Show will include the presentation of the Queen’s Prize Perpetual Challenge Trophy – awarded to a different livestock section at the event. This year, the winner of this award will be from the sheep section.

The sheep rings will provide a full timetable of enjoyment and talent, as over 900 sheep will be judged over the course of two days. Experienced judges will select top-quality livestock as champions for each of the 18 breed sections.

Some 800 cattle in 21 breed sections will be assessed by top-quality judges from across the country. There are also expected to be nearly 170 pens of pigs across 13 breeds – including qualifiers for the British Pig Association Pig and Young Pig of the Year final and interbreed pairs.

Last year saw the introduction of a new era for the Royal Norfolk Show horticulture area when it was transformed into an interactive community hub. This year, the idea is being expanded with themes including wellbeing, tourism and volunteering.

Further improvements

The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association will be continuing to promote and encourage engagement with all things horticultural in an new gardening area with some further improvements thanks to sponsors Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group.

In Essex, the annual Tendring Show takes place this year on Saturday, 13 July, at Lawford House Park, near Manningtree. A popular one-day event, once again the show is expected to attract in the region of 20,000 visitors.

Based in a glorious parkland setting, surrounded by some of Suffolk’s most beautiful countryside, the 180th Hadleigh Show takes place on Saturday, 18 May). It will include a clay pigeon shoot, archery and cookery demonstrations – as well as livestock classes.

The 131st South Suffolk Show takes place on Sunday, 12 May, at Ampton Racecourse, near Ingham, Bury St Edmunds. A one day show with cattle, sheep, pigs and horses, it covers about 38ha and caters for a range of tastes and age groups.