The South West of England is famed for its rich and diverse grazing areas. From the moors of Bodmin, Dartmoor and Exmoor to our widespread grassy lowlands, the region is perfect for livestock production. It is therefore natural that the Royal Bath & West Show has a long and prestigious heritage of exhibition Livestock Classes over the four days. In fact, the heritage and status of the show draws exhibitors from all over the UK, with livestock coming from Kent, Scotland and Wales, as well as from the West Country,
The Cattle Section has classes for Beef, Dairy and Dual Purpose breeds. This year 22 breeds are on display including the regional favourites the “Ruby” or North Devon’s, the easily recognisable Aberdeen Angus and a strong showing of Limousin’s. The Dairy cattle parade takes place on Thursday with the Holsteins’, Jerseys and Guernsey’s. On Saturday some of the lesser known breeds take the stage with classes for imported breeds such as Murray Greys from Australia and Speckle Park from North America.
Sheep breeds from this region such as Exmoor and Devon Closewool rub shoulders with very successful European breeds such as Charollais and Texel. In fact there will be 29 breeds housed in three huge marquees flanked by an avenue of graceful poplar trees adjacent to the lake, which many regard as one of the most picturesque settings in the country. As with the cattle section some of the lesser known breeds, including Manx Loughton and Portlands, will take the stage on Saturday morning .
With some of the leading herds based in the region the Royal Bath & West is lucky to be home to one of the largest exhibitions of pedigree pigs in the Country. Traditional breeds such as Tamworth and Large Black will compete alongside imported breeds such as Duroc from the USA and Kune-Kune from New Zealand, in the hope of going home with our sought after Championships and rosettes.
Goats complete the spectacular quartet of the Livestock section at the Royal Bath & West Show. Pygmy Goats and Dairy Goats are shown on Friday and Saturday respectively; the Pygmy having become a very popular pet and the Dairy Goat the more serious stock animal. Breed classes and milking trials will run throughout the Show.
The Royal Bath & West Show is very grateful to its supporters and sponsors including: Anonymous Donors, Barry Fowler, BJ Dixon Walsh, Cooper & Tanner, C Snell of Chard, D & P Mead & Co, Johnson Diversey, Kesbury Ltd, Old Mill, AP & PC Rose and Woolley & Wallis.