On Tuesday afternoon, we travelled down to the Suffolk Show, which is a county agriculture show that takes place annually, near Ipswich. We had a show team of 6 on board and we were excited for 2 days of jam-packed showing!
When we arrived, we set up camp and started off by washing the cattle, who had got a bit dirty on the 2 hour trip to the showground.
In the show ring
The showing started at 8am on Wednesday and we had some great success! The showing involves leading each animal around the ring along with it’s competitors. Then the cattle are stood up in a line, to display their best angles to the judge, a bit like models on a catwalk! In addition, in the young handlers competitions, the judges often ask questions about your animal, such as it’s age, breeding and feeding regime.
Watergate Kit Kat came 3rd in her class, and India, Joanna and Iris went on to all gain 1st prizes in their respective classes!
There was even some silverware in store…a cup for the best Dry Cow for India and the best Maiden Heifer for Joanna! We finished off Wednesday with the best group of 3 prize.
We could not have done it without the help of the girls from Shuttleworth College handling some of our animals on the day, thank you girls! Molly went on to make the final 4 in the Inter-College Challenge Young Handlers Competition, so well done Molly!
The great work of agricultural shows
Attending agricultural shows like this one is a passion of ours, as it is a great chance to show off the very best of British Agriculture to the public, and for them to see it firsthand. There is all sorts to see & do – not only livestock and horses, but falconry displays, food exhibits, flower arranging, main ring events, hounds & much, much more!
We were so pleased with the results as the Suffolk Show always has a great selection of Red Poll exhibitors and the standard is very high. The breed is part of the Suffolk Trinity, along with the Suffolk punch and the Suffolk sheep, so we are proud to have done so well at this prestigious show! We will also be heading to the Norfolk Show on 26th & 27th June, so come and see us if you are too!