Exceptionally high numbers of farmers are expected to attend the Devon County Show, according to rural commentator Anthony Gibson.

Mr Gibson OBE, an adviser to the Devon County Show, director of the Royal Bath & West and formerly NFU South West regional director, said uncertain times triggered by Brexit would attract the farming community.

He said: "I think we could see a record turnout of farmers in modern times - partly because of all of that, partly because everyone’s either up together or ahead of the game with their farm work, thanks to the wonderfully dry April, and partly because there’ll be more than ever for farmers to see, talk about and buy.

“There’ll be plenty of discussion at the show, which is the first major show since Article 50 was triggered, and, whether it’s at the CLA breakfast on the first morning, or in the NFU pavilion with Meurig Raymond on Thursday and Minette Batters on Friday, or in the YFC marquee for their debate on Friday morning, or at just about any time of the day or night in the Members’ and the stock lines.

"The Show’s pride and joy, the livestock, will show the commitment which the livestock farming community in Devon has to its premier showcase.

"One way and another, it should be a great farming show.”

Claire Bellew, chairman of Devon Young Farmers, said she was delighted to announce a record number of entries in the YFC marquee and competition classes running from Wednesday evening on May 17 through to Saturday afternoon on May 20.

In addition to the competitions and fun of the show, the YFC will focus on a darker side of farming.

Ms Bellew said: "One of our main aims is to push farm safety following the tragic loss of one of our own members, Lauren Scott, in March.”

Agricultural suppliers, including the show's major sponsor, Mole Valley Farmers, will be at the show in strength, at the centrepiece of a hugely impressive farm machinery section right at the heart of the showground.

Mole Avon trading Ltd is also back at the show, overlooking the livestock arena along with the NFU, Crediton Milling, Crediton Dairy and a variety of major agricultural companies.

Entries are holding up well with an amazing, record 1,536 sheep and, on a par with last year, are beef and dairy cattle, pigs, dairy and angora goats and alpacas.

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