It’s Monday and we woke to find the showground shrouded in mist, cloud and wet weather. Umbrellas, wellies and raincoats looked like they were to be the order of the day. But in typical Builth Wells fashion, the drizzle subsided and allowed the show to go on!
There’s nothing more familiar than hearing that first call for the beef cattle to make their way down from the cow sheds to the ring for judging.
Amongst the mooing mayhem, I found young Carwyn Lewis from Llanybydder nervously brushing his heifer hopeful for the final time. He’d been up since 4.30am washing, drying and preening his prize animal.
We were in for a wait to see him parade her in front of the swelling crowds, as the standard was so high in each Welsh Black class that the judge had many tough decisions on his hands.
When the moment arrived, Carwyn fell short at the final hurdle – he came a commendable third, but was overshadowed by his beaming father, who took the red rosette.
For them, the show preparation is over and they can relax and enjoy the next three days. For me, it’s only just started. The Kerry Hill Sheep and the Welsh Cobs are yet to come.
And to see more of Carwyn and his dad’s champion Welsh Blacks, tune into Wales Tonight, Monday to Thursday on WALES TONIGHT, 6PM, ITV1 WALES and stay up to watch THE SHOW, ITV1 WALES, Thursday 10:35pm (21 July).