Christchurch Agricultural Show a success

This year's New Zealand Agricultural Show in Christchurch has been deemed a big success - a big achievement given its new name and the cattle breeders who stayed away because of M bovis fears.

The show changed its name after many years as the Canterbury A&P Show.

Show President Tim Black told RadioLIVE's Rural Exchange it was a good move.

"The show has gone really well and changing the name was the best thing we've ever done," he said

He puts the big crowd numbers down to the fine weather.

"Ninety percent of it is the weather, [the rest] is everyone else involved," Mr Black said.

The show is getting bigger ever year, and space may soon be an issue.

"We would love more land for the show, so we can grow in years to come," he said.

Tim Black has a long association with the show, starting as an announcer there, then moving on to head the wool section.

The presidency term is restricted to one year, and Mr Black says next year he'll likely head back to announcing.

"I have so many memories from the show, I started coming here from a very young age," he said

Meanwhile planning is already underway for next year's show.

"We are planning now for 2019, and for the next 10 years," said Mr Black.

Listen to the the full interview with Tim Black above.

Rural Exchange with Hamish McKay, Sarah Perriam and Richard Loe, 5-7am Saturday and Sunday on RadioLIVE with Carter's Tyre Service. Click here for all the ways to watch and listen.