APRIL 7, 2014: The Royal Welsh Spring Festival on May 17-18 is gearing up to be the number one event for smallholding, gardening and sustainable living – and Country Smallholding will be a media partner at the event. 

More than 23,000 visitors enjoyed the festival last year, which is held at the showground in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, and the livestock section with its many traditional, rare and native breeds, is a major interest to all. This year the event will again be host to a huge number livestock classes and special awards, including 144 for sheep, 69 for pigs, 75 for goats and 13 for cattle.Country Smallholding will have a stand in the South Glamorgan Exhibition Hall.This year’s livestock schedule for the festival has already been sent out to thousands of smallholders and potential exhibitors and lists the usual full range of classes. Many new and exciting classes have been listed this year, including a BPA Young Pig of the Year round and a pair and group of three competitions in the pig section. Within the cattle section best pair classes have been introduced. The society is also pleased to schedule back-to-back dairy goat shows, which will mean a full show on both Saturday and Sunday. Best presented pen awards will also be available in most sections with judges casting their eyes over all the exhibitors throughout the weekend to find the winners. Again, the festival will also hold a qualifying round for the Rare Breeds Survival Trust Young Shepherd of the Year contest. MORE: See the website www.rwas.co.uk/spring-festival or call 01982 553683. Photo: Becky Rowlands of Llanbrynmair showing off the Cattle Supreme Champion and Reserve Cow with Calf at Foot at last year’s Royal Welsh Spring Festival.

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