This year, Farmer’s Weekly will further extend its long and proud association with KwaZulu-Natal’s prestigious annual Royal Show.
The 2017 Royal Show will be held from 26 May to 4 June in Pietermaritzburg, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet some of the faces behind South Africa’s oldest agricultural publication.
Farmer’s Weekly staff will be hosting a stand at the show from 26 to 29 May where the latest issue, as well as Farmer’s Weekly branded merchandise, will be on sale.
According to editor, Denene Erasmus, the publication is also delighted to be a sponsor of the 2017 Royal Show’s Heifer Competition, which will be judged on 26 May.
“Agricultural shows, such as the Royal Show, play an invaluable role in our agricultural sector. Not only because they give farmers an opportunity to showcase their best animals, but also because they serve as a platform to display some of the latest equipment and technology available to farmers,” Erasmus adds.
Largest show in Africa
According to the organisers of the 167th Royal Show, the event will once again focus on the theme of introducing “town to country” and provide urban residents with the opportunity to interact with, and learn about, South Africa’s agricultural sector.
Included in the extensive agricultural line-up at the 2017 Royal Show, will be a leg of the Toyota SA National Young Auctioneer Competition, and entrants will be judged on their rostrum performance, and knowledge of livestock and the livestock industry in general.
Animals that will on show include dairy and beef cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits, birds, and horses.
According to Terry Strachan, CEO of show host, the Royal Agricultural Society of Natal, the sheep section will be hosting the 2017 national championships of the Ile de France and Hampshire Down breeds, while the Boerperd provincial championship, an international women’s tent-pegging competition between teams from South Africa and Jordan, the national dog agility trials, and Working on Fire demonstrations, will also be featured.
Another important benefit of agricultural shows such as the Royal Show, is that they educate the general public about farming and, therefore, help strengthen the relationship between farmers and consumers, Eramus says.
Visit royalshow.co.za for more information on the 2017 Royal Show.