Fine weather and plenty of special attractions drew the
crowds to the annual Mayfield Show earlier this month.
Show secretary Marion Jacobson said the crowd was up on last
year and so were the gate takings.
Entries were good across the whole show, she said.
''There were no glitches. We are all very pleased and
Suffolk sheep breeders chose the show for feature classes,
which attracted more than 40 entries.
Penni Loffhagen, of Hawarden, had a great show, winning most
of the Suffolk prizes.
In the Suffolk section, her stock won the supreme champion,
the champion ram and reserve champion ram and the champion
She also won champion all breeds sheep, meat breeds with a
A new terminal sire ram hogget class began at the show. It
continued at the Methven Show, with animals acquiring points
at both shows to find an overall winner.
The winner at Mayfield was N. L. and G. M. Carr. Cam
Ferguson, of Waipawa, in central Hawkes Bay, won the $1000
prize money for the winner of the open shearing title.
Many of the country's top shearers were among the 22 who
fought for the title. Southland shearers Darin Forde and Leon
Samuels were second and third.
Competition continues after the show with an on-farm heifer
competition and a winter feed competition in May.
There was plenty of other entertainment for families
including the popular pig races. The cooler temperatures
suited the pigs, with a break between races giving them a
chance to rest and recover.
Children had the chance to try out some novelty push bikes or
water walkers, watch the fire-eating or be entertained by the