The theme for this year's CountryTastic show is sheep, so Three Counties staff have herded-up 15 fascinating facts about the loveable woolly beasts.
- Sheep have best friends! Just like you and me, sheep form close bonds with other sheep.
- The ancient Egyptians believed that sheep were sacred. They even had them mummified when they died.
- Sheep have excellent memories for the faces of both other sheep and humans which they can remember for several years.
- China has the largest number of sheep in its country.
- New Zealand, Mongolia and Australia all have more than three times as many sheep as people.
- Astronauts have even worn wool in space because it’s so comfortable.
- Wool is renewable. As long as there’s grass to graze on sheep will produce a new fleece every year.
- Wool is biodegradable. When a wool product is thrown away it can break down and become soil.
- Sheep’s milk is often used in cheese and yogurt making.
- Female sheep are called ewes and male sheep are called rams.
- When young lambs run and jump around it’s known as gamboling.
- A lamb can recognise the call of its mum in a field full of other noisy sheep.
- Sheep live in groups called flocks.
- Wool has lots of tiny air pockets which help to keep warmth in the winter and out in the summer.
- The first milk is called ‘colostron’. It contains antibodies, giving the lamb immunity and protecting them from disease. It can only get these from its mother.
CountryTastic returns to the Three Counties Showground on Thursday 5th April. With just seven days to go tickets, which can only be bought in advance, are now limited.
The show will be celebrating and exploring the theme of sheep and visitors can expect a fun filled day with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to get involved with.
Back by popular demand, everyone’s favourite farmer from BBC Countryfile and the Cotswold Farm Park, Adam Henson will be headlining the show. Youngsters will have the opportunity to learn all about keeping sheep and quiz the experts themselves as Adam and some of the county’s top farmers head up the ‘Ask the Farmer’ classroom.
Head of Shows at Three Counties Showground, Diana Walton, said: “CountryTastic is such a wonderful event with fun for all the family. Each year lots of youngsters learn all about agriculture, food and the countryside in fun and engaging ways. We’ve got lots of exciting activities to get involved with this year from pottery workshops to face painting to spinning wool into yarn, there will be something for everyone.”
The Museum of Carpet will be on hand at the show teaching youngsters all about how wool is used to make carpets, offering them the chance to have a go at spinning wool into yarn and weaving yarn into cloth on a loom.
Not only this, little ones can get stuck in with learning how to press cheese with Croome Cuisine over in the Farm Kitchen whilst Eastnor Pottery and The Flying Potter will be encouraging everyone to get their hands dirty as they teach how to make clay sheep, with budding young potters being able to take their creations home with them at the end of the day.
The Farmyard will be host to all the usual favourites including sheep, goats and alpacas as well as some creatures from across the pond including armadillos, porcupines, snakes and even a skunk. Children will get the chance to meet these animals up close and personal, learning everything there is to know about them.
Families can watch the farmyard animals strut their stuff in the Livestock Ring parades or be amazed by the speed and agility of the pigs in the British Pig Association Junior Club Pig Agility demonstrations. Through a series of games, integrative information panels and fun activities the ‘NFU Let’s Talk Farming Discovery Barn’ will focus on food provenance and the hard work British farmers do 365 days a year to produce glorious food for the nation.
Other highlights at the show will include the ever-popular tractor and trailer rides, the Mid Western Gundog Display team, the play barn featuring a range of free activities from make and take crafts, hula hooping and painting with Junk Fish and this year there will even be a webcam broadcasting a live feed from a lambing farm.
Countrytastic takes places on Thursday 5th April from 10am to 5pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are priced at £5 for children (3-15) and £8 for adults (16+). Children under the age of three will go free. No tickets will be available to buy on the day.
For more information please call 01684 584900 or visit www.countrytastic.co.uk