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Entries are now open for the Devon County Show, and many people have already signed up for the event, held in May.

There are more than 600 livestock classes, including beef and dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, alpacas and donkey, at the three day show held on May 18 to 20 at Westpoint, Exeter.

Entries for sheep classes have closed and are on target to beat last year's total of more than 1,400.

In the equine section there are 170 classes and nine Horse of the Year Show qualifiers, which include Ridden Arabs for the first time.

Classes and special awards for horses and ponies total more than 320, including a new breed class for New Forest and Connemara ponies and Show Hunter Ponies not exceeding 122 cms.

There are 134 classes for cattle, 232 for sheep, 83 for pigs and 25 for dairy goats, 14 for angora goats and 107 for alpacas.

Eleven beef and four dairy breeds are scheduled plus classes for commercial beef animals, 26 breeds of sheep and 12 breeds of pigs.

New for this year are the Pietrain classes in the pig section and Alpaca performances classes on Saturday.

The winner of the Inter Breed Beef Champion will be awarded a £500 cash prize sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers, the winner of the Inter Breed Dairy Champion will pick up a top prize of £500, sponsored by Crediton Dairy Ltd, and JG Animal Health has donated vouchers for £30 for the Breed Champions in the cattle and sheep sections.

Feature competition schedules are also available including floral art, cider, dairy produce, shoeing, metalwork and honey.

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For schedules, to enter competitions or to get more information about the Devon County Show please visit

devoncountyshow.co.uk