Livestock Competitions

Livestock and agriculture are at the forefront of the Kent County Show and are ever popular with visitors young and old. Exhibitors journey from around the country to enter their cattle, sheep and goats. The livestock are judged on their physical traits in accordance to breed, such as muscle, structural correctness, frame, size, style and balance. Exhibitors will have worked year round to raise a champion animal in the hopes the judge will award them with a rosette. Take a wander through the Sheep Lines, Cattle and Goat Marquees to get up close and personal to all the animals relaxing in their pens throughout the Show, you may even catch the exhibitors making last minute coat clips and tail tweaks before they take to the ring!

Kent Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs

The Kent County Show is said to be one of the largest gatherings of Young Farmers at an agricultural show across Europe!

The National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs have been operating for over 90 years and have over 22,000 members! Led by young people, for young people, Young Farmers Clubs offer anyone aged between 10 and 28 an opportunity to get into farming and agriculture and make lifelong friends and memories.

The Kent Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, made up of clubs from across the county, has had its own section at the Kent County Show since at least 1955! This longstanding tradition sees members from every club take to the rings to demonstrate their knowledge, passion and skill in livestock and craft competitions across all three days of the Kent County Show.

Visit the Kent YFC Area to watch the showing of their animals and learn more about the Young Farmers’ Clubs in Kent.

Living Land Village

The Living Land Village is an interactive and educational area, located opposite the cattle rings, offering a taster of our primary school event held in May. Bursting with activities for the whole family, this area will inspire learning about food production and farming in Britain.  

Meet rare breeds of cows, sheep, goats, pigs and even buffalo! Discover modern day farm machinery with tractors on display and have a go on Hadlow College’s Tractor Simulator for the chance to get up in the driver’s seat. Younger visitors to the show can even go for a ride on our miniature, pedal-powered tractors!

Try your hand at digging for vegetables, planting seeds and milking our special demonstration cow, Milkshake, to learn more about where your food comes from! While you’re here, check out our weighing station to find out how many people it takes to get to the same weight as some of your favourite farmyard animals and learn how computer science is used in farming with Code Kids.

Budding chefs can even try their hands at making yummy recipes from produce grown on Kentish farms, with cooking workshops from Fun Kitchen, Cookery Cabin and Cookies Academy whilst the National Fruit Show’s education team will be on hand with interactive activities for all ages.

When all that fun and learning has worn you out, pull up a seat to enjoy the legendary “dancing sheep” with performances from The Sheep Show taking place every day in the Living Land Village.

Wool Tent and Sheep Shearing

Visit the Wool Tent to learn about the story of wool and see the patient skill of sheep shearing in action as well as learn how important it is for sheep and their shepherds.

Curly’s Farm

Curly’s Farm is a MULTI award winning not-for-profit ‘working farm’ that supports the emotional, social, mental health and wellbeing of young people. As well as ‘day visits’ for primary and secondary schools, the farm provides a range of meaningful opportunities for young people in a supportive, social environment. They focus on the children being part of a team in a variety of projects but also encouraging independence and problem solving whilst there. Through farming, students build their knowledge, confidence, social skills, resilience and teamwork along with many other transferable skills.

You can find Curly’s Farm by Entrance 1, they will also be exhibiting in the Living Land Village with some of their rare breeds, and their Young Farmers will be taking part in competitions in the YFC Area.

Working Dairy

Visit the Working Show Dairy to discover the process involved in producing your milk. It’s also the perfect time to ask experienced farmers about the process milk goes through from udder to shelf.