Agri-Expo Livestock – A world-class showcase of the livestock industry
Biggest of its kindAgri-Expo Livestock has over the past four years established itself as the most prestigious livestock event in the country. The Biomin Show Arena hosts the biggest dairy show in South Africa, as well as the biggest beef interbreed championships of its kind, with the crowning of the FNB Dairy Queen and BKB Red Meat King or Queen on Saturday 13 October as its highlight. It takes years of thorough breeding, excellent blood lines and just a bit of luck to create the ultimate champion, which makes this display of top breeds a spectacular experience. Visitors can share some time amongst these prized animals and witness the royalty of the livestock industry enter the spotlight in the Biomin Show Arena in the Agri-Expo Livestock Pavilion. Andrew Masterson from the Eastern Cape made history by winning both championships last year. Masterson describes this as a huge honour, firstly as the standard is very high at Livestock, and secondly because of the exposure to the biggest crowd of visitors he has ever seen at a cattle show.
Focus on educationLivestock’s popular free milk goat and beef cattle information days, supported by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and Standard Bank, includes interesting speakers such as Llewellyn Angus and Dr Faffa Malan. Around 2 500 primary and high school learners, from schools as far as Kleinmond, annually visit the expo for a free schools’ programme, supported by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. The programme includes eleven interactive stations where learners can get up close with different animals and learn more about agricultural careers.
Educational fun for the whole familyEnjoy a day on the farm, watch cows being milked with the latest milking equipment in the Milk Shed, see animals being washed and prepared in the Wash Area before their parade in the show ring or create unique photo opportunities with animals like Percherons, Alpacas, different cattle breeds, sheep, etc in the Animal Lane. The Display Arena hosts various activities such as sheepdog auctions, dog shows and the Old Mutual Insure Regional Youth Show. The Standard Bank Conference Centre hosts conferences and special events, as well as the Information Days and the ARC National Dairy Performers’ Awards. The full conference programme will be available soon. The programme also includes the the Landbouweekblad Challenge for handlers and carers, the Western Cape Boerboel Show, the Cape Rabbit Club’s Spring Show, and a variety of other activities. As part of the Groot Plaasproe, various stalls will sell farm food, wine and craft beer. The Broers and other popular artists will perform on Saturday 13 October. Livestock takes place daily from 08:00 to 18:00. Visit www.livestock.org.za for the full programme. Tickets are available from Computicket and at the gate. For more information, contact Agri-Expo on 021-975 4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The 2018 programme will be available soon. View the 2017 programme