Organisers of the Canterbury A&P show hope the guidelines they’ve created to protect against Mycoplasma bovis could help smaller shows keep their livestock displays going.
The number of cattle exhibitors is around half the usual amount at this year’s show, but the show runners say it was because of a set of new guidelines, developed alongside the Ministry for Primary Industries, that the show could go on at all.
Event Director Geoff Bone says those rules could help other shows which have had to call off their cattle displays due to fears over disease spread.
“Our job as the biggest livestock show is to lead the charge on how to do it properly. And now we're sharing our systems with everyone else so that others can grow again,” he said.
Around 100,000 people are expected through the gates during this year’s A&P show.