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 and are continuing with the success of our Multi-breed Dairy Cattle classes. We have also added special prizes for best Holstein, Jersey and Best Other Breed to these classes. We are also excited to announce the Dairy Showmanship classes aimed at our younger cattle handlers to encourage more junior participation. We have increased Championship prize money with the addition of 1st and 2nd Honourable Mention and prizes to 5th place. The Dairy Cattle showing will continue to be held on Tuesday with the Beef Cattle on Wednesday and the local exhibitors and Rare, Traditional British and Native breeds on Thursday. We have Showmanship Championships on Wednesday and Thursday for our livestock exhibitors of the future and new for 2019 are classes for Veteran handlers aimed for those over 27 with no upper age limit!
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.