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Devon County Show reverts to breed society rules following sheep colouring fiasco

Sheep at the 2017 Devon County Show will be shown under their respective breed society rules.


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A Charollais tup from M. and M. Alford, Cullompton was at the heart of the colouring controversy
A Charollais tup from M. and M. Alford, Cullompton was at the heart of the colouring controversy

A decision has been made by the livestock committee of the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA) to allow sheep to be be shown under the rules of their respective breed society.

 

The call was made following complaints about artificial sheep colouring at this year’s show, which led to the inter-breed champion having its title and awards withdrawn.

 

The interbreed champion pair and interbreed reserve champion pair also had their awards, trophies and prize money withdrawn.

 

Rules

 

Edward Darke, chief steward of livestock at the show sent a letter to all breed societies outlining the new rules.

 

He said: "The DCAA Livestock Committee accept that it is not possible to ‘police’ the regulation regarding showing sheep in their ‘natural colour’ and after much discussion the Livestock Committee has proposed that for the 2017 Devon County Show, sheep will be shown under their respective Breed Society rules.

 

"It is therefore the responsibility of the Breed Society representatives to ensure that this happens."

 

Controversy

 

Mr Darke said this did not alter the outcome of this year’s County Show and the decisions made in regard to the colouring.

 

He said: "The rule that was in the schedule was broken and had to be addressed.

 

“Hopefully we have all learnt from this year’s events and can move forward for the sake of showing and competing.

 

Shop window

 

"Shows are the competitors’ ‘shop window’.

 

"We supply the stage for exhibitors to show livestock to the best of their, and the animal’s, ability.

 

“The Devon County Show sheep section has a reputation for being one of the happiest and best organised and we will work hard to ensure that it remains that way.

 

"As usual, livestock schedules will be available from February and we really do look forward to welcoming exhibitors to the Show in May (18, 19 and 20).”

 


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