The Cattle Section has been an important part of the Stithians Agricultural Association, since the Show’s inauguration, and we are pleased that the tradition continues today.
The Chief Steward, Mr Leonard Roskilly, and the Secretaries, Mrs. Helen Roskilly and Ms. Helen Downing, welcome everybody from far and wide, to see the display of cattle.
The cattle arrive on the show ground before 08.00, when they settle down at their allotted places, washed and groomed ready for the show ring.
Judging takes place from 09.00 and takes up most of the morning, when the rosettes are awarded. The high point of the day is the judging for the Champion of the show, and this takes place at about 12 noon.
In the afternoon at approx. 15.00hrs, the Grand Cattle parade takes place in the main ring. This is a time not to be missed as all the exhibitors with their different breeds, parade around the ring. What a special moment this is because all the cattle line up in front of the President.
Agricultural shows are well known to be a “shop window” for Farmers to show and discuss with other stock breeders the finer points of their animals and to plan for the next generation of calves. But Agricultural shows are also a great opportunity for farmers to meet the public, show the different breeds of cattle, and talk to people who might well not understand their way of life.
One of the main ways of connecting with other people, is seeing the cows being milked, and at Stithians, the Milking Parlour is a long standing tradition, not only as a service for the exhibitors to milk their cows after the judging, but for people to see cows being milked.
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