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Farmwise Newsletter: First Year at the Devon County Show

21 July 2015

The Farmwise (Farm Education Initiative) led by Devon County Council and actively supported by its farm tenants made its first appearance at the county show this year.   Farmwise made a really good start by attracting well over 2,000 childr...

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A Glorious Devon County Show

24 May 2015

Organisers of this year's Devon County Show were last night celebrating what they called a 'glorious come-back for glorious Devon's premier event', as the last of almost 100,000 show-goers made their happy way home from the Westpoint showground ne...

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Devon comes out in force for the second day of its County Show

22 May 2015

Ideal show-going weather, great crowds and excellent competitions combined to make the second day of the Devon County Show at Westpoint, Exeter a great celebration of rural life.   Show Secretary Ollie Allen said it was wonderful to see the...

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Tiverton family farm scoops Devon Farmer of the Year award

21 May 2015

John and Clare Clapp, who farm cereals, maize and beef and have created a thriving industrial estate from redundant buildings on their farm at Halberton near Tiverton, were named Devon Farm of the Year at the Devon Farm Business Awards on Wednesda...

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Sunshine and crowds on the opening day of the Devon County Show

21 May 2015

It was sunshine all the way on the first day of this year’s Devon County Show.   One of the biggest first day crowds in recent years turned out at Westpoint, Exeter to enjoy the very best of Devon farming and food.   HRH The Pr...

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Honouring nearly 164 years of service to rural Devon

18 May 2015

Four people who have a total of more than 164 years between them working in agriculture, forestry and horticulture will be honoured with Long Service awards at the Devon County Show held on May 21-23.   The top award of £80 goes to Mi...

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Tractor buffs welcome!

17 May 2015

More than 60 tractors – old and new - will be at this year’s Devon County Show, May 21-23, at Westpoint Exeter.       Not only with there be a colourful parade of tractors daily, but show-goers will get the chance to ge...

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Bicton College press release

15 May 2015

Bicton College Volunteers bring Farm Wise to the Devon County Show Bicton College students will play a vital role in bringing Farm Wise to the Devon County Show this year. Led by a team of volunteers from the land-based education provider, Farm W...

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Farming will be centre stage at Devon County Show

15 May 2015

Devon farmers will be out in force next Thursday, May 21, for the opening of the county’s premier agricultural showpiece, the Devon County Show, which this year’s celebrates its 120th show. And there’ll be more than ever to grab...

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Weather looks good in lead up to the Devon County Show

14 May 2015

Organisers of this year’s Devon County Show held on May 21-23 at Westpoint, Exeter, are encouraged by the latest Met Office 10-day weather forecast. Issued by the UK's official weather service, whose headquarters are in Exeter just a couple...

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Press release from Bicton College

14 May 2015

Drive a tractor with Bicton College Agriculture Engineering Students at the Devon County Show   Bicton College Engineering students will be training the general public to drive tractors, quad bikes and off road vehicles at the Devon County ...

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Press release from Mole Valley Farmers

12 May 2015

Mole Valley Farmers Attend The Devon County Show And Host EVRC’s ‘Win A Fergie’ Competition. Mole Valley Farmers (www.molevalleyfarmers.com) are delighted to welcome to their Devon County Show trade stand, representatives of Exe...

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Alpacas to charm visitors at the Devon County Show

11 May 2015

A new family-friendly alpaca feature will be unveiled for the first time on the third day of the Devon County Show (May 21-23) at Westpoint, Exeter.   Visitors will be able to get close to the woolly South American animals as part of a day ...

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Young visitors to follow the prize-winning duck at the Devon County Show

08 May 2015

A colourful Devon duck swam to the winning post and gained first prize in a children’s competition to design a mascot for this year’s Devon County Show on May 21-23 at Westpoint, Exeter. Talented Annabel Pagliero, of Lady Seaward C of...

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Press release from the Calvert Trust Exmoor

06 May 2015

Calvert Trust Exmoor is ‘Charity of The Year’ for Devon County Show 2015, which runs from Thursday the 21st to Saturday the 23rd of May at Westpoint, Exeter. The show is a Devon institution; it was first staged in 1872 and this will be...

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HRH The Princess Royal to visit the Devon County Show

30 April 2015

HRH The Princess Royal will attend the opening day of the Devon County Show on Thursday, May 21.   It will be Princess Anne’s first visit to the Devon County Show at Westpoint, Exeter; she visited the former showground at Whipton in t...

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Devon Farm Business Awards short-list shows how youth is driving progress

28 April 2015

The short-listed entries for this year’s Devon Farm Business Awards paint a fascinating picture of a dynamic industry being led by the younger generation through a process of rapid development and change. Most of the potential winners are i...

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Swimbridge wins Prince of Wales accolade

27 April 2015

Three leading organisations in a North Devon village, who come together to improve the lives of local residents and visitors, have won this year’s Prince of Wales Award, which will be presented at the Devon County Show, May 21-23.  &nb...

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Change at the top signals potential broader role for DCAA

10 April 2015

As two stalwarts of the Devon County Agricultural Association bow out after many years of distinguished service, the appointment of their successors signals both the ambition for a wider role for the DCAA and a firm resolve to reinforce the succes...

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All that's great about the local countryside

03 April 2015

The Devon County Show on May 21-23 at Westpoint, Exeter, is a packed three-day celebration of all that’s great about the local countryside. Show Secretary, Ollie Allen said they were getting ready to serve up ‘a giant slice of Devon c...

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Farming world focuses on Devon County Show

01 April 2015

The eyes of the farming world will be focused on the Devon County Show at Westpoint, Exeter, when it opens on May 21, writes Anthony Gibson.   As the first major farming event after the General Election, it will be the first opportunity for...

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Preparing for the 120th Devon County Show

01 April 2015

Getting ready for the 120th Devon County Show on May 21-23 at Westpoint, Exeter, takes military-style logistical expertise combined with bucket-loads of passion. Preparations kicked off a good 18 months ago for Show Secretary Ollie Allen and her ...

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Devon County Show tickets go on sale

27 February 2015

Tickets go on sale on Sunday (March 1) for the biggest annual event in Devon.   The Devon County Show on May 21st, 22nd and 23rd will be packed with people, animals, competitions and entertainment.   Show Secretary, Ollie Allen said ...

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Search is on for Devon’s top farmers to show the way out of recession

24 February 2015

The 2015 Devon Farm Business Awards, designed to highlight the excellence and dynamism of farming in Devon, were launched today (February 24) at Home Farm, Newton St Cyres. The awards, which were held for the first time last year, are organised b...

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Competition schedules are out

17 February 2015

The first major agricultural show of the year in the South West - the Devon County Show in May - has published its competition schedules. There are nearly 700 livestock classes listed including beef and dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, alpacas a...

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2015 Devon Farm Business Awards go live

03 February 2015

Farmers across Devon are invited to enter this year’s Devon Farm Business Awards organised by the Addington Fund, the Devon County Agricultural Association and Stephens Scown solicitors. There are eight award categories including, for the f...

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All farming roads lead to showground

01 February 2015

All farming roads will lead to Westpoint, Exeter on May 21 for the opening day of what promises to be an even more eventful and significant Devon County Show than usual, writes Anthony Gibson. After the disappointment of losing the third day of l...

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Big money on offer to boost local sustainability in Devon

30 January 2015

Once again, the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA) is calling for community projects across Devon to enter the Prince of Wales Award which comes with a £1,000 first prize. The award is given each year to the project which the judg...

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David Parish elected President of DCAA

23 January 2015

David Parish, who farms dairy cows and free-range chickens in a family partnership at Uffculme near Cullompton, has been elected President of the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA) for 2015, with this year’s Devon County Show being...

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Car parks upgraded at Devon County Show

07 October 2014

A major upgrade to the car parks at the Devon County Show is under way, following the situation at this year’s show, when heavy rain made the car parks unusable, so forcing the cancellation of the third day. The work is being led and co-ord...

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Devon County Council press release: Growing success of Farm Wise brings schoolchildren flocking back to event

05 October 2014

Based on the enormous success of last years ‘Farm wise’, Devon County Council farm tenants and primary school children will once again come together for an event designed to take children on the food journey from field to plate. &nbsp...

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Devon’s world champion wool handler competes at county’s lamb shearing & dog trials event

13 August 2014

The reigning world champion wool handler, Devon-based Hilary Bond, narrowly lost out on picking up another title at the Devon County Show’s Lamb Shearing competitions which took place last Sunday (August 10).   Hilary, a working farme...

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Devon County Show’s summer lamb shearing & dog trials event

04 August 2014

Top UK competitors will be taking part in Devon County Show’s Lamb Shearing and Dog Trials Event on Sunday (August 10) at Sidbury, near Sidmouth.   Show Secretary Ollie Allen said everyone was welcome to come along and watch the actio...

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