Show time approaches

By Country News

The Royal Melbourne Show is fast approaching, with the livestock competition highlight being the Supreme Champion Texel Ram or Ewe class.

With judging starting on September 22 and taking place across 11 days, the Royal Melbourne Show sheep, beef carcase, dairy cattle and beef cattle competitions have attracted a combined 3500 entries.

In celebration of the breed’s 25th year in Australia, the sheep competition welcomes the Texel as the 2018 feature breed.

Eighty Texel sheep will compete for the chance to be declared the Supreme Champion Texel ram or ewe in what will be an outstanding display of elite Texel genetics.

What is considered the highlight of the program, the interbreed competition will begin at 3pm on Sunday, September 23, showcasing the best sheep in the 2018 show.

The beef carcase competition has grown substantially in 2018 with almost 200 head of cattle and 300 secondary and tertiary students participating in the competition.

The All Breeds Elite Dairy Heifer Show and Dairy Youth Handlers Classic, held on Thursday, September 27, will offer exhibitors the opportunity to showcase some of the best dairy genetics in the country and compete for the title of Supreme Champion Parader.

Concluding the proceedings during the final four days of the show is the beef cattle competition.

This year’s feature breed is red poll, and 80 animals will be competing in the largest display of the breed at Royal Melbourne Show in more than 20 years.

The beef cattle competition will conclude with the interbreed, this year to be held at 5pm on Monday, October 1.