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City gets taste of agriculture 'at its best'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

By Toby Meyjes

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One of the most unique livestock shows in the Westcountry took place yesterday with thousands of people viewing its exhibits throughout the day.

The 111-year-old Truro Christmas Prime Stock Show, is situated in pride of place on Lemon Quay, – one of the busiest shopping destinations in the Cornish city.

The free-to-visit event includes cattle and sheep judging, as well as a variety of produce in the domestic and cookery sections and arts and crafts.

The good weather conditions brought scores of extra shoppers to the show, which aims to inform the public about agriculture as well as auctioning off cattle and sheep.

It underwent a rejuvenation after it relocated to Lemon Quay in its 100th year. Winners yesterday included Ivor and Ricky Cobbledick, from Trelash, near Launceston, who's Limousin-Belgian Blue Heifer was named Champion Beast. Also successful was Nick Phillips, from Restronguet, who won Supreme Champion Pair of Lambs for the third time in four years.

William Shawcross, President said it was an example of Cornwall at its best.

He said: "Everything that Cornwall produces well in the agricultural field is here and you can see how many hundreds of people are out to look at it and the business it brings in to the city is marvellous.

"It's superb for the farmers themselves that they get this recognition."

Chairman Richard Tinney added: "I think everybody recognises we need as a farming community to show the general public what we are doing and this is very much a showcase. It's one of the reasons we don't charge people because we want the general public to see what we are doing. I think that's why we've got good support from the Truro community."

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