The Cattle section of the New Forest and Hampshire County Show is one of the most popular areas of the showground.
The Show started on Wednesday 27 July 1921, when local farmers gathered to show their animals. It is from this beginning that we find ourselves today with the wonderful three day Show we have now.
We have a great Show planned for the Livestock section this year with the addition of individual classes for the Hereford and Limousin cattle. The Dairy Cattle showing will continue to be held on Tuesday, Beef Cattle on Wednesday and the local exhibitors and Rare, Traditional British and Native breeds on Thursday. New for 2017 we are holding Junior handler Championships each day for the livestock exhibitors of the future.
The dedication shown by the exhibitors is the culmination of days and years of work with their stock. From early beginnings when a new calf arrives and they see the potential of a great breed example, many hours go into the preparation. They start the process of training it to walk on a halter, steadily progressing until the animals will be ready to compete against other breed exhibits. With many of the exhibitors starting their day at 4.00am with baths – for the cattle – not themselves, travelling and Show preparation is a busy time. Grooming includes a lot of brushing and hair spray to achieve the perfect exhibit ready to be presented in the Ring before the Judge.
Our Grand Parade each day is a magnificent spectacle of the best livestock and happens each day at 3.00pm in the Rathbones East Ring.
We are proud to organise the Hampshire Shows Cattle Championship which highlights the overall champion of the Shows in September.
The New Forest and Hampshire County Show is one of the UK’s premier agricultural Shows and attracts top livestock exhibitors and we look forward to welcoming them this year.