TRADITION is important to the farmers who will be exhibiting at this year’s show.
Bryn Lloyd, who took part in his first Denbigh and Flint Show in 1978, aged 14, and his nephew Sion Roberts are planning to exhibit commercial cattle.
Bryn revealed he was currently training Sion so he could retire from the family business, based in Llandrillo, near Corwen.
“I’ve been exhibiting on and off since then, at Denbigh and Flint and other shows like Anglesey and the Royal Welsh.
“All the shows are competitive and some people take it too seriously but I think it’s important to have fun with it, whether you win or lose.”
The duo are showing a heifer and a steer and Mr Lloyd revealed preparations were a good opportunity to train Sion.
The animals have been exercised, primped and preened to ensure they will be looking their best on the day and Sion revealed he was keen to succeed.
The 19-year-old, who now intends to take part every year, admitted he was looking forward to the show but said: “It’s something quite new for me at the moment.
“It’s a family tradition now so I’d be quite proud of myself if I did well.”
Another excited entrant is Glyn Owens who began farming in 2001 and has been entering livestock in shows since 2003.
Despite wins at the Royal Welsh Show, the pinnacle of the country’s show calendar, Mr Owens, who is entering three pairs of sheep, claimed it was still all about the “taking part”.
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,” he said,”you’ve just got to enjoy it.
“I was so pleased to win at the Royal Welsh but it would be a real achievement to win at Denbigh and Flint as well because the standard is always so high in North Wales, it’s one of the toughest areas to win in.”
However the 56-year-old revealed that stringent “rules and regulations” were having a negative effect on the number of show entries.
“With all this TB testing and other rules it’s getting harder to enter.
“The numbers for all shows are going down with cattle.”
But he added that’s where family-run farms come into their own with vital expertise and experience passed down through the generations to ensure high standards in both farming and showing are achieved.
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