Olivia Midgley reports from the livestock lines at the Devon County Show
Thousands of people descended on the Westpoint showground in Exeter for the first day of the Devon County Show.
Princess Anne met with judges and exhibitors in the livestock rings before casting here eye over the runners and riders.
Day two of the show (Friday) saw the beef, dairy, sheep and pig winners battle it out for the coveted interbreed titles.
In the beef lines it was Melanie Alford’s 17 month old home bred Limousin bull Foxhillfarm Jasper which took the top honours. The bull runs with 12 females at the farm in Cullumpton.
He was sold at the pedigree Limousin sale in Carlisle earlier this year for 35,000gns and will go to his new home in Penrith after the Royal Welsh, Great Yorkshire and Royal Highland shows.
In reserve was Angela Kerslake and Keith Prettejohn’s Hereford bull Nicholashayne 1 Kingkong. The 13 month old bull will next appear at the Royal Bath and West and the Royal Cornwall.
Crediton based producers Sue Clarke and her partner John May took the local beef championship with their bought in three year old Ruby Red Devon bull Boskenna Donal.
Ms Clarke said she bought the animal at a society sale last spring. The bull will be shown at the Royal Cornwall later this summer and may appear at some local shows.
In the pig rings it was Alice Newth’s 2012 born Saddleback Prestcombe Golden Arrow 6 which took the interbreed title. Reserve was Thomas and Amanda Edwards’ Welsh pig Pantysgawen Daffodil.
The dairy championship went to a Jersey third calver Bluegrass Grandprix Super Sonic Black VG86 owned by Mark Davis, Tiverton. Reserve went to a Holstein fourth calver owned by the Lockyer family, Curscombe Atlas Moth 5.
A Texel ram owned by F.H Chave and Son took the red ribbons in the sheep championship. Reserve was Aimee Mogford’s Suffolk shearling ewe.