Focus on youth at Agri-Expo Livestock

Agri-Expo Livestock takes place from Thursday, 13 October to Saturday, 15 October 2016 at Sandringham, Stellenbosch.

This expo places a strong focus on the promotion and showcasing of the agricultural sector, especially the livestock industry and aim to create a platform where South Africa’s youth can participate and get involved in the various activities.


On Saturday, 15 October, visitors can experience a thrilling display of skills when young, developing auctioneers compete against each other in the Toyota SA National Young Auctioneers’ Competition, presented by Veeplaas/Stockfarm.  Participants enter in three categories, namely juniors (for learners 19 years and younger), young auctioneers (for people 25 years and younger) and the aspiring auctioneers (auctioneers that received training, but has not been appointed as auctioneers yet). Enquiries can be directed to Tiaan Herbst,   on 060 370 1429 or


Participants as young as six years old will show their goats, sheep, cattle and poultry at the Mutual & Federal agri Western Cape Regional Youth Show, also taking place on Saturday, 15 October, in the Biomin Show Arena.  This event showcases the experience and showmanship of our agricultural youth.


The school’s programme, where an expected 2000 learners will be educated on the dynamics of the industry as well as the large variety of career opportunities in the agricultural sector, offers inter-active programmes and engagement with live animals to increase learners’ participation and learning experience.  There is always a fun side to the school’s programme and learners can watch the animals being washed and prepared before they are paraded in the ring, see cows being milked or take advantage of rare photo opportunities with animals like Percherons and Alpacas.  This programme takes place on Thursday and Friday and is made possible with the financial assistance of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.

“It is important to educate the country’s youth about the agricultural sector, as they are the next generation to develop and take care of the industry”, says Johan Ehlers, chief executive officer of Agri-Expo.

Tickets will be on sale at the gate on the days of the expo, so be there early enough to secure your ticket. Tickets are R50 for adults older than 18 years, R30 for children aged 13 to 18 and children under 13 enter free. Gates are open from 19:00 to 18:00 daily. Sandringham is conveniently located next to the N1, Stellenbosch exit 39.

Visit the website to find out more and follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@AELivestock) and Instagram (@agriexpolivestock) for daily updates.

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