NEARLY 6,800 livestock entries have been received for this year’s Royal Welsh Show in July including the highest number of sheep (3,257) for the past five years.
Forty-three sheep breeds will be represented on the showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, the largest display of its kind in the world, led by British Texels with an entry of 377.
That’s testimony to the popularity of the Texel which is famed for its carcass qualities resulting in the breed becoming the dominant terminal sire used in the UK, say organisers.
The native Badger Faced Welsh Mountain will also have a high turnout on the showground with a total of 290.
The breed is classified in two sections – the Torddu with 181 entries and the Torwen with 109.
Other Welsh Mountain breeds have also attracted strong entries including the Black Welsh Mountain (128) and the Balwen Welsh Mountain (130).
Lleyn sheep (135), Charollais (180), Beltex (142) and Blue Texels (103) are numerically among the leading breeds.
Cattle are always a big attraction for ringsiders at the Royal Welsh Show and 19 pedigree breeds will line up for judging this year together with an entry of 139 commercial beef animals.
British Limousin, also with 139, lead the pedigree numbers followed by British Blue (82) and the ever-popular white-faced Hereford with 39.
A total of 725 beef cattle have been entered for the show together with 136 dairy animals, including 57 Holsteins.
A spokesman said that the entries for the “magnificent” ponies and cobs were also up, as were entries for pigs.
The four-day Royal Welsh Show will take place from Monday, July 23 to Thursday, July 26.
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