The dairy cattle are back

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A bumper number of entries heralded the comeback of dairy cattle at this year’s Gore A&P Show.

Show secretary Helen Wilson said after the Mycoplasma bovis situation of the past few years, it was good to see entries reach a new high of 130.

“We’re really pleased with the record number of dairy entries at the show,” Mrs Wilson said.

Numbers were boosted as a result of the South Island Dairy Championships being held at the show. The previous highest number of entries had been about 100.

People coming through the gate were up 89 from 1911 last year, she said.

Gore A&P Show president Ngaire Evans said it was good to have Carrfields sponsoring the event.

“We’re absolutely grateful they have come on board,” Mrs Evans said.

It was good to see an increase in cattle and sheep entries.

“They are part and parcel of an agricultural show.”