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Stakes are raised for cattle breeders at Staffs County Show

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: April 21, 2012

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CATTLE breeders are getting an extra incentive this year to exhibit the cream of their crop at the Staffordshire County Show.

Beef and dairy exhibitor-bred first prize winners will receive an extra £10 in prize money, organisers of the agricultural extravaganza have announced.

This year’s event, hosted by the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, will be held on June 6 and 7 at the County Showground near Stafford.

The show attracts livestock entries from across the country and last year there were more than 400 cattle, with 500 in the sheep lines,100 in the pig section and 60 goats.

Show organisers already pay livestock exhibitors a number of special allowances.

But the new incentive is to encourage more exhibitor bred livestock to be entered, Richard Williams, society chief executive, explained.

He said: “We already pay exhibitors travelling expenses for all agricultural livestock forward at the show, with dairy and beef cattle, including calves at £16 per head and in the sheep, pigs and goat class at £2 per pen.

“There is a milk allowance paid for dairy cattle forward in the cow or heifer in milk classes at £15 per head and in addition we give breakfast tickets to all livestock exhibitors which entitles them to a full English at the show.

“These are issued on a sliding scale, one animal forward gets one ticket, two to five animals two tickets and any exhibitors with more than six animals forward receives three breakfast tickets.

“These incentives are to help defray the costs of showing and this year the additional payments to exhibitors of home bred animals will - we hope - see more animals forward.” 

Other animals competing for rosettes at the show will include horses, poultry, rabbits and dogs For more information and entry forms visit www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk.

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