Farm animals on show

FARM animals arrive in Saumarez Park today for the annual Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society Show.

Son and father Alex, left, and Robin Jamouneau with their cow St Catherine’s Paddy which will be at today’s Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society Show at Saumarez Park. (Picture by Cassidy Jones, 29787232)
Son and father Alex, left, and Robin Jamouneau with their cow St Catherine’s Paddy which will be at today’s Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society Show at Saumarez Park. (Picture by Cassidy Jones, 29787232)

Farmers will showcase their animals, and all will have been specially prepared to show on the day.

Society secretary Liz Naftel said the show was well-supported by locals and farmers to ensure the animals are in tip-top shape.

‘All of the animals look absolutely stunning.’

The family event features a traditional tea tent, vintage tractors and Guernsey Farmhouse ice cream.

‘The lovely ambience of the park is a bonus too,’ Mrs Naftel said.

The show has two new categories this year, with a donkey class and ex-racehorses featuring.

‘There was a demand for these new events this year’ said Mrs Naftel.

In previous years experienced judges have flown in from the UK to view and appraise the animals.

‘We still have those judges lined up and we have them on standby for when they are able to attend. We have our fingers crossed they can attend next year.’

Animal displays will be ongoing throughout the day.

Local dairy farmer Robin Jamouneau has been entering cattle into the show for the last 40 years and farming since he left school at 16.

Mr Jamouneau has six cows in the show this year.

‘They are cows I’ve taken before so they’re experienced in being handled and touched,’ he said.

‘It’s important to implement new aspects like the donkey class in order to keep the show running.’

The show runs from 9am until 3pm, with judging starting at 9.30am. Entry is free.

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