Farmers Still Have Time To Get Livestock In For Agrofest

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Livestock farmers are being reminded that there is still time to register their animals for Agrofest 2012.

Exhibits Coordinator, Saunjean Cutting, said entries for the goat and sheep shows are on par with last year’s numbers, however, she hoped to see more dairy and beef entrants.

"Goats and sheep are on par with what the figures are normally but we are still open to more exhibits in these categories. I would, however, want to make a special call for animals for the dairy and beef categories. For some reason over the last few years we have seen a decline in the number of animals in those two areas," she pointed out.

Ms. Cutting added that preparations for the livestock shows are going well and she was expecting another great year.

"I expect the showings to be as competitive as they have been over the years. We have scope for more entries in the rabbit category as well but I know that the shows will be of the usual high quality patrons have come to expect from the Agrofest brand," Ms. Cutting remarked.

The judging for rabbits and pigs will take place on the opening day of Agrofest, Friday, February 24, at 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. respectively, while the following day, Saturday, February 25, the beef and dairy show will run from 10:00 a.m. to noon and the sheep show from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The national exhibition will climax on Sunday, February 26, with the dairy goat show from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Information on the shows is available from the Agrofest Secretariat, Barbados Agricultural Society, The Grotto, Beckles Road, St. Michael, or by visiting the website www.basonevoice.org, or by contacting Saunjean Cutting at 436-6683.

Agrofest 2012 will take place from Friday, February 24, to Sunday, February 26, in Queen’s Park, the City.

andre.skeete@barbados.gov.bb

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