Farming – Farming is at the heart of the show, without farmers there would be no food. Around the ring almost every brand of tractor can be seen, some can be sat in too – but be careful they cost a lot. Visit the Grain tent behind the Members Pavilion, wheat (for making bread), Barley (for making beers), Oats (for animal feeds and biscuits and cereals) Oil Seed Rape (animal feed and bio-fuels) plus straw (animal bedding), Hay (animal/horse feed) and Silage the very smelly stuff (Cattle & Sheep winter feed). Plus Dorchester Middle Schools decorate with paintings, worth popping in – just for a smell…..
Farm animals are judged each morning, starting early at 8.30 am, Dairy & Beef Cows and Bulls, Sheep Ewes & Rams; pigs of every size and shape!; goats kept for their milk. The Grand Parade at 3 pm PROMPT in the main ring each day highlights all the winners and is the pinnacle of any livestock farmer – Overall Champion and Reserve Overall Champion…. Great accolades. Rare Breeds are vital to retain those unusual blood lines – this show has lots and how different some look. Ask questions of any of those in white coats or bowler hats, they don’t bite and love talking about their animals. Then there is the Poultry Tent down in the Countryside Area – beautiful hens and cockerels and watch eggs hatching out, see the chicks at a day old – you can’t help but smile…
Then after all that, visit the Vintage Farming displays of old time farm machinery – some working machines are to be seen on films and historical documentaries.
Lastly – although not farm animals don’t forget the RABBITS & CAVIES (Guinea Pigs to you and me!) – so many to choose from and pampered like children….
Countdown to the Show!
Commercial, pedigree and rare breed sheep farmers will once again be battling it out at this year's Dorset County Show Flock Competition.
7th February 2017 10:18:00