The latest statement from Devon County Show brings the sheep colouring saga to a close.
Devon County Show was right to withdraw awards, trophies and prize money from the inter-breed champion, pair and reserve champion pair at this year’s event following controversy surrounding wool colouring.
An investigation was launched following the furore in May.
The investigation by the Devon County Agricultural Association council followed an initial complaint lodged during the show, which centred on a Charollais tup from Michael and Melanie Alford of Foxhill Livestock, Cullompton.
Following a show livestock meeting, Edward Drake chief steward of livestock and vice chairman of the Devon County Agricultural Association council said the show had concluded its investigation into the allegations and the affected championship titles would remain withheld.
Consequently, the inter-breed championship prize money has now been donated to the show’s official charity of the year, The Farming Community Network.
As no objections were made during the judging of the individual breed classes, prize money and trophies would be awarded to all breed champions, a statement from the association said.
The committee accepted the fleece colouring rule was difficult to police and could affect the number of competition entries at future shows.
Representatives of all breed societies will be called together on Monday September 12 to discuss and agree a proposal to go to the livestock committee that afternoon.
The decision of the livestock committee will be sent out to all sheep breed societies after the meeting so their members will be aware of what will happen at next year’s Devon County Show.