Farm­ers pu show of exc

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Ashford Cattle Show - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­

THEY came from across south­ern Eng­land this week to take part in one of the big­gest and best fat­stock shows for years.

The tra­di­tional two–day Ash­ford Cat­tle Show that brings the coun­try­side to town was cel­e­brat­ing its 150th year since for­ma­tion.

Count­ess Mount­bat­ten of Burma, the show pres­i­dent was over­whelmed by the sup­port and qual­ity pro­duced by stock­men and grow­ers for their an­nual show of ex­cel­lence.

Beam­ing chair­man Tony Weller was thrilled by the ef­forts of Young Farm­ers whose ex­cep­tional en­tries proved again that the fu­ture of the event is in good hands.

He said: “En­tries were up in al­most all classes and the qual­ity bet­ter than ever with an in­crease in the com­mer­cial classes.

“It has been a highly suc­cess­ful show and the per­for­mance and en­thu­si­asm of the young peo­ple from the Young Farm­ers clubs show that the fu­ture is se­cure.”

Af­ter blue tongue and foot and mouth dis­ease caused can­cel­la­tion of last year’s show some felt that dur­ing the present try­ing times for the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try it would be dif­fi­cult to re­vive the spirit.

But that as the cat­tle burst­ing for the stock

Dozens handed pre­sen­ta­tio Count­ess Cott­trell; John Link, ed­i­tor Robe

This year young team in Cran­broo cess with bri­tish cham­pion

They also pig car­case

Home­wood School Young Farm­ers ready for the show

The mayor, Cllr John Link, with Home­wood School’s Jes­sica Nor­ris, Lizzie Batt and Char­lie Lad­bury and Dy­lan, a charo­lais cross pd1516563

Mar­i­anne Ball re­ceives the Ken­tish Ex­press Tro­phy Bar­man

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