Impressive livestock line-up at 2011 Royal Highland Show

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The Royal Highland Show will once again be staging an impressive line-up of livestock with entries of cattle, sheep, goats and horses already approaching the 5,000 mark.

With poultry, show-jumping and other livestock competition entries to be finalised, The Royal Bank of Scotland sponsored event on June 23-26 looks set to be one of the best.

Show manager David Dunsmuir said: “We now have to fit in all of these fine examples of British livestock breeding.

“For exhibitors, there is great prestige in winning a Royal Highland prize ticket and for visitors there is all the drama and spectacle of the judging process and the grand parades of prizewinners.

“We are grateful to all our exhibitors for supporting the show and we wish them every success.”

With more than 1,700 entries, the sheep section is the largest.

Among the 24 breed classes, there is a huge entry of 240 Texels and 201 Beltex. Shetland and Suffolks also have three figure entries at 112 and 101 respectively. A new section for North of England Mules has attracted 39 entries.

The light horse section with 1,576 entered has also proved popular. Top section is Mountain and Moorland Ponies under saddle at 172, closely followed by Hunters under saddle at 153 and Coloured Horses at 152.

Nearly 1,000 beef cattle have been entered, with Aberdeen Angus leading the way on 124.

Highland cattle come next with 115, then British Limousin with 113. A total of 131 dairy cattle have been entered.

Livestock entries for the 2011 Royal Highland Show (2010 entries in parentheses)

BEEF CATTLE 996 (958)

Beef Shorthorn 81 (137), Aberdeen Angus 124 (97), Galloway 30 (27), Belted Galloway 31 (26),

Highland 115 (84), Hereford 59 (56), British Charolais 73 (68), British Simmental 85 (87),

British Limousin 113 (112), British Blonde 39 (34), British Blue 73 (72), Salers 26 (26),

Commercial 77 (83), Beef Breeder 70 (49).

DAIRY CATTLE 131 (142)

Ayrshire/Red and White 41 (38), Holstein 54 (35), Jersey 16 (17) Dairy Shorthorn 20 (52).

SHEEP 1745 (1673)

Blackface 87 (64), North Country Cheviot 72 (73), North Country Cheviot (Hill) 42 (40),

Border Leicester 42 (52), Suffolk 101 (83), Cheviot 25 (24), Blue-faced Leicester 98 (104),

Jacob 55 (53), Texels 240 (215), Ryeland 57 (57), Charollais 85 (75), Shetland 112 (109),

Rouge L’Ouest 32 (13), Berrichon 23 (24), Scotch Mule 50 (49), Beltex 201 (245), Lleyn 47 (51),

Hebridean 40 (48), Bleu du Maine 36 (25), Hampshire Down 35 (33), Swaledale 41 (38),

Commercial 78 (108), Zwartbles 62 (58), North of England Mules 39 (-) Young Handlers 45 (32).

DAIRY GOATS 117 (107)

Adults 52 (51), Kids 26 (27), Milking 39 (29).

HEAVY HORSES 319 (318)

Clydesdale Males 31 (24), Clydesdale Females 64 (78), Highland Pony Males 52 (61),

Highland Pony Females 109 (98), Shetland 63 (57).

LIGHT HORSES 1576 (1519)

Hunters In-Hand 69 (50), Hunters Under-Saddle 153 (150), Highland Ponies Under-Saddle 72 (71),

M & M Lead Rein & First Ridden 46 (59), M & M Under-Saddle 172 (144), In-Hand Riding Ponies 31 (47),

Hunter Pony Breeding 16 (18), Eriskay 16 (20), M & M In-Hand 78 (61), Welsh A 77 (74),

Welsh B 39 (60), Welsh C 28 (26), Welsh D 49 (45), Arabs Under-Saddle 28 (44), Arabs In Hand 55 (69),

Ridden Ponies 44 (61), Lead Rein & First Ridden 26 (13), Working Hunter Ponies 105 (111), Open Show

Hunter Ponies 57 (58), Riding Horses 38 (49), Coloureds 152 (118), Side Saddle 33 (16), Donkeys 21 (22),

Ridden Clydesdales 13 (9), Sports Horses 74 (56), M & M Workers 84 (68).