Once again, thousands of visitors have enjoyed the annual Royal Welsh Show, say organisers.
With perfect show weather, the large number ofexhibitors and visitors alike were able to take in the atmosphere and enjoythis incredible event at their leisure.
Speaking on the last day of the show, Mr DavidLewis, Chair of the RWAS Council remarked I have been involved with thiswonderful event for over 40 years and I am still amazed every year at thestandard and quality of the livestock on display. This year in particular theLimousins stole the show by winning nearly all the championships in the beefclasses, included the coveted Team of Five title with a stupendous group ofanimals.
It was heart-warming to know that every animalwinning a Fitzhugh Championship title was exhibitor bred. This just shows thatits not all about the money and proves that the standard of breeding andfarming in general is extremely high.
We would like to express my thanks to the manystewards and officials who have once again delivered a seamless show, which wasran smoothly from beginning to end. added Mr Lewis
Visitors to the show flocked from across the globe,with over 1000 of our international show-goers registering at the InternationalPavilion from over 34 countries from as far afield as Australia, Canada, SouthAmerica, Russia, Kenya, Kazakhstan and Nepal, to name just a few.
Steve Hughson, Chief Executive of the RWAScommented how successful the introduction of e-ticketing had been: Rolled outfor the first time this year, the e-tickets were a great success, with over12,000 visitors purchasing them online and benefiting from the discountedpre-show prices and avoiding the queues at the gate.
Other digital advances this year included theimproved telecommunications during the show. We have worked hard inconjunction with Welsh Government, BT and the service providers, in the run-upto the show to improve the mobile phone signal on the showground. explained MrHughson It is testament to those negotiations that for the first time theshowground benefited from increased coverage, including 4G signal, with threetemporary mobile phone masts from Vodafone, EE and O2.
The Royal Welsh Show continues to attract largenumbers of business and political leaders, all eager to use the show as a placeto meet and do business and this years has been no exception, firmly cementingthe Royal Welsh show as one of the most important agricultural events inEurope.
Rounding off the four-day event Mr John Davies,Chair of the RWAS Board of Directors said The number of high-profile visitorsat this years show, from far and wide raises the profile of not only thesociety, but also of Wales and the Welsh agricultural industry across theworld.
It was a joy and a privilege to welcome such aprinciple and key political figure such as Phil Hogan, the EuropeanCommissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, to the show.
The Royal Welsh Show represents and all that isgood about agriculture and the rural community.