The Royal Smithfield Agricultural Show opened on Monday (2 December) at the Earls Court Exhibition Hall, in London, with a record entry of livestock and carcasses and an imposing display of machinery and implements.
GV EXT. EARLS COURT EXHIBITION HALL
SV INT. POLICEMAN SEARCHES VISITORS BAGS AND BASKETS
TV PAN AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY STANDS
SV PAN POWER ARM LOADER
SV PAN MAN LOOKING AT BALE PACKER
CU PAN VISITORS LOOKING AT HAY MAX 2 ROW
TV CATTLE BEING PARADED AROUND SHOW RING
CU MEN WATCHING
SV JUDGE WARDING PRIZES
SV AND CU SHEEP BEING JUDGED (3 shots)
CU PIGS IN PEN
CU CANADIAN HAMPSHIRE PIG BEING FED AN APPLE
SV AND CU WINNING ABERDEEN ANGUS (2 shots)
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Background: The Royal Smithfield Agricultural Show opened on Monday (2 December) at the Earls Court Exhibition Hall, in London, with a record entry of livestock and carcasses and an imposing display of machinery and implements.
The organisers were able to claim a record because of the increase in carcase entries. Entries for the live sections were in fact marginally lower than last year, no doubt caused by the current depression in the United Kingdom cattle markets. In spite of the present shortage of feed in many areas, the condition of the cattle on display was well up to the traditional Smithfield standard.
Another effect of the country's livestock crisis was that the judging of the live cattle for the carcase competitions had to take place on Sunday, so that zoom could be found to process them in the over-crowded slaughterhouses in time for the carcase judging on Wednesday.
Experts found it significant that the proportion of cross-breeds in the cattle entries had remained constant. The two principal breeds - Aberdeen Angus and Charolais - were still paramount, providing 170 out of a total of 223 entries. The remaining eleven breeds were distributed among the rest. These included some of the latest imports to Britain, including the impressive Simmenthal.
Once again at the Smithfield Show, the livestock were in danger of being overshadowed by the machinery. They contributed a dazzling display and many farmers would no doubt have found them very tempting, if it had not been for the very costly price tags attached to them.
Nevertheless, Mr. Alan Rundle, the President of the Agricultural Engineers Association claimed that, while costs had risen by 40 per cent, the prices had only gone up by about 20 or 30 per cent. He thought that exports of farm machinery this year would probably reach about GBP 350m. (approx. 840m. U.S. dollars), though imports had also risen substantially.
Deliveries of new models still takes a matter of months - or longer - and manufacturers regard this as a healthy sign that order books are full. Those with exhibition stands at the show professed to be very happy with the prospects for the future.