SPORADIC rain showers have not dampened the enthusiasm of Tuesday morning's visitors to the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd.

Competition has been underway, and our reporting team have been busy finding Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire winners amongst the Cattle and Sheep categories.

In the cattle pens, Knighton sisters, Ruth and Grace Corbett were busy preparing their Teme Charolais cattle for another competitive showing this afternoon.

This follows success in the showing yesterday with "Magnolia" who was crowned Champion Charolais.

Wyn Jones, from Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant has had a busy time with two of Tanat British Blue heifers coming second and third.

Lola who won at a recent show in Yorkshire came third in the two year old section this time round with Janice coming a creditable second in the three year old section.

Wyn will be hoping for more success at the team of five competition.

Wyn, said: "We started working towards showing them back at Christmas time, the hot weather has made things hard work, but it's also made some things easier as well."

Over in the sheep pens, Powys farmers are also tasting success, Michael Davies, from Caersws, was showing his Blue Texel sheep.

His first showing was unsuccessful this morning, but with four more up before the show judges later there's plenty of opportunities before him.

His partner, Emma Barker, said: "We have five here with us and another four to come.

"Judges are looking for size, and also markings.

"A white halter marks on the face and a white belt type of marking around their bellies.

"We have 25 ewes at home and have been preparing for the last couple of months."

Emma added: "The hot weather has made things tough. Grass has burnt, and we've had to bring them in to to the sheds for feeding."

Gareth Hughes from Llandrindod Wells has had a great start to the annual agricultural extravaganza winning several categories with his flock of North Country Cheviot sheep.

He won the first and reserves male champion with his aged ram and also the yearling ram category for the breed.

His flock also came tops in the group of three category and also the reserve breed champion.

Gareth said: "I've had a good run for the last couple of years winning the reserve champion in 2016 and the male champion in 2017.

"You do spend a lot of time getting them ready.

"I pick the sheep out in February and just give them slightly more attention with a little better feed to flush them out a bit."

Gareth added: "A lot of it is down to breeding apart from the tupp they were all bred at home."

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