The farming minister visited a beef and sheep farm on Exmoor over Easter.

On Good Friday the Rt Hon Mark Spencer MP, Minister of State for Food, Farming and Fisheries visited Exmoor as part of a two-day trip to the south west which included stops in Penzance and on Dartmoor.

The Collins family hosted him and members of the Exmoor Hill Farming Network (EHFN) on their working beef and sheep farm near Hawkridge.

At the busiest time of year, the MP was shown the family's lambing shed.

EHFN members took the opportunity to raise current issues facing all farmers on Exmoor.

South West Farmer: The farming minister and EHFNThe farming minister and EHFN (Image: EHFN)

A spokesperson for EHFN said: "In particular we highlighted the future of our family farms, which play an essential role managing our iconic landscape, as well as creating local job opportunities, engaging within our rural communities, and developing skill sets for future generations.

"We also had the opportunity to chat about the network, support schemes, trade, and the animal health pathway."

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The farming minister also visited Withypool Common to see the moorland management systems and the views towards Winsford Hill and beyond.

A small herd of Exmoor ponies also made an appearance, which was good timing.