Devon County Show 2018 - at Exeter’s Westpoint - to host Burke Trophies

Devon County Show. Ref shs 20 17TI 3403. Picture: Terry Ife

Devon County Show. Ref shs 20 17TI 3403. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

This year’s Devon County Show – at Exeter’s Westpoint from Thursday, May 17 to Saturday May 19 – is to feature two of the most prestigious British cattle breeding awards.

Judging the cattle. Picture: courtesy of Devon County Show

Judging the cattle. Picture: courtesy of Devon County Show - Credit: Archant

The Burke Trophies – one for dairy cattle, the other for beef breeds – used to be staged at the Royal Show at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

But when that folded, the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE), decided to stage the Burke Trophies at a different show each year.

This year RASE has chosen the Devon County Show (DCS) to host the awards.

Nick Burrington, DCS’s chief cattle steward, said it was a “tremendous honour” for the show to have been selected.

One of the many beautiful animals to be found at the show. Picture: courtesy of Devon County Show

One of the many beautiful animals to be found at the show. Picture: courtesy of Devon County Show - Credit: Archant

“We’re sure this event will be enjoyed by our exhibitors and stockmen, stewards and the public – after all, in the cattle world being nominated to compete for the trophies is like being nominated for an Oscar.”

Tickets for the show are now on sale. See www.devoncountyshow.co.uk.

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