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Take a look inside Newbury Showground's new £1m cattle building

Huge area can house 450 cattle

Dan Cooper

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Take a look inside Newbury Showground's new £1m cattle building

THIS is the new cattle building being used to house livestock at this year's Royal County of Berkshire Show.

The impressive building cost more than £1m to build and at 3,200 square metres, is large enough to house 450 cattle.

The idea for the cattle building was first mooted a decade ago and after years of planning and construction, was formally opened on Friday - in time for this year's show.

Daren Bowyer, the chief executive officer of the Newbury and District Agricultural Society, said he was delighted to finally see the building open and in use.

Speaking to the Newbury Weekly News, he said: "It has been ten years in the making so it' wonderful to finally see it finished.

"It is about future proofing the show and ensuring we continue to give the public access to see the best example of cattle from across the country. We wanted a permanent building to provide the best possible environment to showcase them.

"It is a fairly simplistic building but it adds so much to the show and really looks the part."

The £1m for the building was paid for through a combination of reserves built up by the Newbury and District Agricultural Society, bank loans and donations from the Greenham Common Trust, Sackler Trust, the Englefield Charitable Trust and the Iliffe Family Trust.

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