Almost 7,000 examples of the finest UK livestock will be making their way to the 175th Royal Highland Show, one of the UK’s premier agricultural shows.
Organisers of the event, which takes place at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston from 18 - 21 June, are preparing for what will be an exceptional exhibition, with notable entry numbers across all sections of the Show.
The Royal Bank of Scotland, partners of the Show since 1981, maintain their support for the four-day event, which attracted in excess of 178,000 people in 2014.
The Highland Hall will accommodate almost 1000 beef and dairy cattle and 1972 sheep will fill the five large marquees located in the north of the showground. Exhibitors from the length and breadth of the UK and NI will be arriving from the Monday of show week to settle their animals prior to the four-day event starting on Thursday.
Sheep entries are up by over 100 reaching a nine-year high. Two breeds which have seen notable increases in entries are Blackface, with 119 entries (up by 25) and Bluefaced Leicester which have 135 entries, compared to just over 100 in 2014.
George Milne, Development Manager at the National Sheep Association, said: “The UK sheep industry continues to build on its reputation of producing high quality lamb for consumers both at home and abroad; and there is no better way of demonstrating this to the public than at the Royal Highland Show. All the sheep being shown are some of the finest in the UK and visitors will see fantastic examples of flock masters’ breeding and production.”
Reinforcing the Royal Highland Show’s positioning as Scotland’s largest equestrian event, horse entries have again increased on last year. Light Horse entries are up by 194 to 1907 and the HOYS qualifying Mountain and Moorland Under Saddle section dominate with 202 entries. The Show Hunter Ponies and Riding Horses have seen the biggest increase - up by 25 and 22 respectively. Organisers are pleased to see the return of the Eriskay section with 26 entries. This section was cancelled in 2014 due to insufficient entries.
In cattle, the Shorthorns will dominate the cattle hall with 125 entries, an increase of 20 from 2014. The Limousins come in just behind the Shorthorns with 118 entries, a drop of five from last year. The Scottish native beef breeds have also seen an increase in numbers, with both Galloway and Angus entries up to 21 and 91 respectively, giving their judges, John Teare and Marion Tilson, a wealth of quality stock from which to choose winners.
Royal Highland Show Manager, David Jackson, said: “The numbers speak for themselves and this years’ reflect the widely held view that the Royal Highland is the place for exhibitors to be seen and, more importantly, to win. Winning an elusive ‘red ticket’ is by no means an easy thing to do, with the very best of our country’s livestock being judged by some of the most experienced and well respected professionals in the industry. The equine numbers are also up quite significantly, with the finest calibre of UK in hand and ridden horses and ponies heading to Ingliston in June to win a share in £45,000 worth of prize money. Visitors to the 175th Royal Highland Show certainly are in for a treat.”