Numbers up for Mayfield Show

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 happy.''

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 Suffolk ewe.

She also won champion all breeds sheep, meat breeds with a Suffolk ewe.

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 sideshows.