The Royal Show

  laurie53 09:37 07 Jul 2009
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This year's Royal Agricultural Show will be the last.

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I know many won't agree, but even if, like me. you have no connection with farming it is fairly significant and says more about the state of British farming than any number of surveys and policy reviews.

I know it's all about modernisation and diversification but still another British institution goes.

  rawprawn 20:55 07 Jul 2009

I agree with you, it is so sad to loose such an event. For years I have attended the Great Yorkshire Show, The Lincolshire Show, and the Nidderdale Show, not to mention the small Bingley Show.
They were always a place for farmers and landowners to get together and perhaps invest in new stock as well as enjoying the day out.

The harsh buying tactics of supermarket chains and cheap imports together with the general public need for buy one get one free, have virtually put an end to all traditional farming and land management.

  ened 07:03 08 Jul 2009

I think you could add Government policy to that list.

  Stuartli 09:28 08 Jul 2009

One of the main reasons cited by those living and working on the land about these shows is that they do not provide the type of event which is now of value to them.

They still attend many other shows that suit these requirements, although I do agree that it's sad that the big shows are being lost.

It's the same for some of the big flower shows such as the annual Southport event - until some years ago it also featured major horse jumping championships and a host of activities not readily associated with flowers.

  Cymro. 12:04 08 Jul 2009

Although I have no connection with farming I always thought that a visit to a local agriculture show was a good day out for the family. Although now that my children have left the nest I must admit me and the wife have not been for some years.

I am surprised and saddened that the Royal Agricultural Show is coming to an end but if attendance figures are dropping then perhaps it is something that has run it`s course and people have moved on.

But having said that some shows seem to be surviving so I wonder if there was some mismanagement connected to the Royal Agricultural Show. Has it moved with the times, invested enough in attracting people through the gates?

  rawprawn 20:05 08 Jul 2009

Agreed!

Stuarti
"They still attend many other shows that suit these requirements"
What other shows, it seems to me that the only way farmers can get together to buy/exchange livestock is at markets where they regularly meet, or by prior agreement such as serviing.
Hill farmers here in the Dales cannot make a decent living the local agricultural shows are one way of showing their best rams or ewes for breeding purposes.

  laurie53 20:14 08 Jul 2009

Many of the smaller or more specialist shows are still thriving.

I would have thought many Dales farmers and breeders would go north to Ingliston (Edinburgh) for the Royal Highland Show, which had record attendance figures this year (good weather).

  rawprawn 20:55 08 Jul 2009

It's along way for a trip which may not yield much profit.

  Newuser38 21:03 08 Jul 2009

The Great Yorkshire Show and the Royal Welsh Show continue, being the rest of the July Big shows.
I believe the Royal Agricultural Society will still have events at Stoneleigh and they are looking at other ways forward.

  norman47 21:25 08 Jul 2009

What other shows, it seems to me that the only way farmers can get together to buy/exchange livestock is at markets where they regularly meet, or by prior agreement such as serviing.
Hill farmers here in the Dales cannot make a decent living the local agricultural shows are one way of showing their best rams or ewes for breeding purposes.

I've been in farming for over 30 years, edge of the dales.
What about these shows
dales festival of food
otley show
swaledale festival
north yorkshire county show
the great yorkshire show
sneaton and hawsker agricultural show
alderborough and bainbridge agricultural show
malton show
ryedale show
osmotherley show
tockwith and district agricultural show
danby agricultural show
egton horse and agricultural show
burniston agricultural show
stokesley show

Most within a hour of Swaledale, Wensleydale and the other dales.

  Stuartli 22:38 08 Jul 2009

See:

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The BBC did a piece on the show the other day (I thought it was on Countryfile, but apparently I'm mistaken) and the link covers some of the points made.

Also BBC correspondent Tom Heap has stated that the Royal Show had been overtaken by technical events that attracted more business interest, along with other shows that pulled in bigger crowds.

Last year, he pointed out, the Royal Welsh show had more than twice the numbers of the Stoneleigh event.

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