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Published: July 28, 2022 | Updated: July 28, 2022

Livestock and agriculture set to be even more prominent at Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Livestock and agriculture will take even more of a starring role this year at one of the region’s most celebrated rural days out.

The Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show, held on Wednesday August 17 at Turnpike Showground near Motcombe, believes showcasing agriculture to its 30,000 visitors is a priority.

This year it will bring the much-loved grand parade of livestock, sponsored by Woolley & Wallis, to its main ring for the first time in over 15 years.

The Gritchie Brewing Co main ring will see the champion cattle and sheep parade in the expanse of the ring, including rare and minority breeds.

Show Chairman Giles Simpson, pictured, a local farmer and agronomist, said: “This spectacular parade sums up what this agricultural show is all about.

“Our aim this year has been to put livestock and agriculture truly at the heart of the show.

“This is an event where business gets done in the agricultural sector.

“We will now have agricultural and rural businesses on all four sides of the ring.”

This year, the show welcomes over 85 agricultural businesses including machinery dealerships, buyers, suppliers, agents and farmers.

The Food and Farming Area combines entertainment and education on all things to do with dairy and beef farming.

Show Organiser James Cox, pictured, said: “From field to fork, we want to give visitors a unique insight into the facts and myths about this industry worth £112 billion and employing over four million people.”

The evolution of farming is also celebrated with the Heavy Horse Village and Steam Section twice as big as last year.

Tickets are on sale now at gillinghamandshaftesburyshow.co.uk