Find out what’s happening in the Livestock Area at the Kent County Show!

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. You’ll be able to spectate the showing competitions in the five main livestock rings on all three days and see the judges inspect the animals to find the Supreme Champion. 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!

Fur and Feather Tent

Run by the Kent Young Farmers Club, this competition sees the best in Show named amongst the clubs’ smallest creatures including rabbits and guinea pigs.

Educational Area

Supported by NFU Mutual, the Educational Area in the Livestock Section will be a taster of the Society’s free annual school event, Living Land which takes place in May. Supported by LEAF Education, children will be able to learn about food and the countryside while taking part in activities such as bread making and smoothie bikes!

Sheep Shearing

Sheep shearing is an important task for farmers and shepherds as it helps to keep the sheep cool in the hot summer months and also prevents fly-strike which can be very dangerous for the flock. James will be running demonstrations throughout the three days, showing just how skilful a job shearing a sheep is and explaining why it is so important to maintaining a sheep’s health.

Working Dairy

The Show will have a small working dairy on site which will have milking competitions throughout the day. It’s the perfect time to see cows being milked as well as a chance to ask experienced farmers about the process milk goes through from udder to shelf. When they are not being milked the dairy cows spend their days in the main cattle marquee on site.