Slideshow: South of England Show

More than 80,000 people are expected to go through the gates at this year’s South of England Show at Ardingly between yesterday (Thursday June 6) and tomorrow.

East Sussex farmers join their colleagues from across the South East to exhibit more than 760 examples of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pigs and goats and champions and owners alike will have their moment of glory in the livestock parade which takes place daily in the Ardingly ring.

South of England show, Ardingly

South of England show, Ardingly

As the Society’s chosen theme for 2013, poultry will also be one of the central highlights of the show.

The official opening ceremony of the show took place at the new ‘World of Poultry’ exhibition by Society President Penelope Keith CBE DL, who is a great advocate of growing local and owns her own chickens.

Another speaker at the opening was Mid Sussex MP Nicholas Soames.

The theme was the provenance of our food in the light of the ‘horsegate’ affair when meat on supermarket shelves was found to be wrongly described.