Cattle, Sheep and Goats
The cattle, sheep and goats take centre stage at the Kent County Show, with three full days of competitions. Livestock entries come from all over the country to compete for the coveted prize of Supreme Champion. The cattle and rings have full commentary and the experienced commentators explain what the judges are looking for when they are in the ring. For full details of the Agricultural Displays and Competitions from the 2017 show, visit our ‘Plan Your Day’ page
Kent Young Farmer’s Clubs
The Kent Young Farmers have a large area at the Kent County Show, with young people aged 10 to 26 taking part in classes for a large number of Trophies and Awards. This is the largest gathering of Young Farmers in Europe with more than 300 members competing.
The Kent clubs bring cattle, sheep, pigs and small animals. The animals are lovingly prepared during the Show and most competitors are up at 4am on Show days to make sure their animals are in pristine condition. Kent has eight School Farms and they all come to the Show: Brockhill Park, Homewood School, Kent College, Meopham School, The North School, Valley Park, Royal School for the Deaf and Westlands. The Kent Federation also includes 11 open clubs based throughout the county, giving young people with an interest in food, farming and the countryside to meet like-minded people.
The Kent County Show has a small working dairy on site, with milking competitions. This is the ideal opportunity to see cows being milked and a chance to ask the farmers about the process milk goes through from udder to shelf. When not being milked the dairy cattle will be housed in the main livestock marquee.
The area will house some of the biggest and most expensive farm machinery including a combine harvester and tractor driving. Why Farming Matters in Kent Area will be exhibiting a number of large farm machinery with commentated demonstrations. A combine harvester can cost as much as a large house and is one of the biggest investments a farmer can make. Tractors range in price and depending on the model you can pay over £50,000. The Agricultural Area is the perfect place to stand next to one of these giants of farming.
Poultry and Egg Show
The poultry tent houses different breeds of poultry including layers, fancy breeds and ducks. The experts are on hand throughout the day to talk to you about keeping your own chickens. This year the Kent Poultry Club hosted a Members only Egg Show on Friday, an Open Poultry Show on Saturday and an Open Egg Show on Sunday which was their biggest yet with 66 classes. For more information on their competitions visit our ‘Other Competitions‘ page.
Below is a full list of talks and speaker profiles from the 2016 Show.
Part of our new Sheep Village, the Wool Tent is a hidden gem, run by the British Wool Marketing Board, the Wool Tent featured our wool competition which this year had thirty entries. Visitors got to find out how much a farmer gets for a fleece or just talk to the Board which represents approximately 50,000 sheep farmers in the UK.
Dogs Trust Dog Creche
Would you like to visit with your dog and see the Show, browse stalls or take the chance to have some food knowing your dog is being well looked after by Dogs Trust? Just outside the Food Hall in the agricultural area is where you can find the Dogs Trust, Canterbury providing a ‘Doggy Crèche’ with space for 10 dogs at a time. The kennels have been specially made for the Kent County Show crèche. Visitors can leave their dog for up to 2 hours so all you need to do is visit their stand and book them in. This will allow you to visit the food and livestock areas of the Show that do not allow pets.
There is no charge for this service but the charity would be grateful for a donation. The Dogs Trust will also have their Mobile Rehoming Unit so if you have ever fancied yourself as a dog owner the staff will be more than happy to speak to you. The Dogs Trust will have a whole range of goodies on sale and experts on hand to give advice.