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PICTURES: Ideal conditions for Launceston Show

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: July 26, 2013

  • Launceston Show

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The weather turned out just right for the 124th Launceston Agricultural Show which brought hundreds of people flocking to the event.

It was a welcome contrast to last year when the show was cancelled because of the heavy rain throughout the summer.

This year, however, the intense sunshine had show organisers worried that it would be too hot for the public and the animals taking part.

A drenching on Wednesday night brought further trepidation about what was in store, but in the end the sun shone, the ground was firm and a light breeze made it ideal conditions for everyone at the showfield at Kennards House, just outside Launceston.

"I was worried it was going to be too hot," said new show secretary Naomi Finnemore. "Then it poured down, but we have ended up with a day which is good for animals and pleasant for people walking around the show."

Cattle entries were slightly down as some regular exhibitors were under TB restrictions.

However, the show beef champion trophy was taken by the same family who won it at the last show two years ago. Then the Nealford Herd, from Boyton, near Launceston, won it with a Limousin heifer but this year it was an 18-month-old Aberdeen Angus heifer Nealford Emimi which took the honours.

The sheep classes attracted 377 entries and judge John Hodge, from Okehampton, said it was a wonderful lot of animals and it had been difficult to make a decision on the supreme champion.

He went for the Charollais ewe shown by David and Margaret Smith of King's Nympton in Devon as on the day she was in peak condition, but said the Suffolk ram shown by John Creeper, of Altarnun, now far from the showground, was one of the best he had seen.

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