Dumisani Nsingo, Senior Farming Reporter
THERE has been an increase in the number of cattle to be exhibited at this year’s Bulawayo Agricultural Show, which runs concurrently with the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair.
Bulawayo Agricultural Show Society administrative officer Mrs Natalie Adlam said 110 head of cattle would be on display at the showgrounds compared to 60 which were showcased last year.
The cattle would be judged by Mr Zephaniah Dhlamini on Wednesday with the auction sale taking place on Thursday.
“A yarding of 110 head is expected, higher than that of 2016 . . . Pedigree cattle are expected to be on display, from Matopos Research Station, Khami Prison and Esigodini Agricultural College — total of 39 heads,” said Mrs Adlam.
A total of 11 groups, 1 795 individuals and 37 commercial farmers drawn from Bubi, Tsholotsho, Insiza and Nkayi districts would display their crops while sheep and goats from Foot and Mouth Disease-clean areas would be allowed at the exhibition but only for display.
The poultry section would witness an additional exhibition of ducks and geese.
“Over 150 birds will be on display, with the judging taking place on Tuesday. An interesting addition on display will be ducks and geese. Also, some new exotic layer breeds will be shown. Rabbits will also be housed in this hall — a must-see for all families attending the show,” said Mrs Adlam.
Judging of the 698 Home Industries entries which began last week is expected to be completed tomorrow with interesting displays of iced cakes, needlework, and art among other ornaments on show.
“The committee will be putting on a small horse show, and remains one the most popular events at the Show. The Society’s main arena will, once again, be filled to the brim with sponsor companies, who will be showcased in our main arena, with their display of farming implements, tractors, vehicles, seed, veterinary products as well as various agricultural products. An exciting addition to the arena will be the Meteorological Department — well worth a visit,” said Mrs Adlam.