IT’S all steam ahead for the 2018 Bathurst Agricultural Show, to take place from April 6 to 8, and the cattle section promises to have its largest number of entries yet.
Cattle farmers from all over the Eastern Cape will be bringing their animals for display purposes to advertise their respective breeds as well as to take part in the inter-breed competition to be held even before the official show begins on April 5 at 2pm next to the Bulls Inn.
In the past few years the cattle section has grown significantly and virtually all the major breeds in the Eastern Cape are represented. Given the rising popularity of the Wagyu breed with its exceptional marbling of intramuscular soft fat with its unique taste characteristics, examples of these animals will again be displayed.
Keen competition is expected in the various classes, namely the open heifer, pregnant heifer, cow and calf and bull competitions. Animals will be Judged by two senior breed Judges on functionality and uniformity within the group.
Later that same day at 5pm the prize giving will take place at the Hobson and Co sale ring, just before the main event of the day, the evening auction of the cattle. If last year’s auction is anything to go by, this year’s event promises to set new records.
As always farmers enter their best stock, and while last years event was dominated by the SAMIC A-Grade entries, this year the focus will shift to big oxen and fat cows.
Prior to this, the Hobson and Co boerewors competition will take place, with samples of the entries being passed around during the sale. Various talks by industry experts on animal health issues, focussing on tick borne diseases will be conducted over the two days at the display section and at the same venue.
The stock section would like to thank all our sponsors who have given generous donations to ensure that the Bathurst Show remains the premier Agricultural Show in the Eastern Cape.