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All the fun of the farm at Halifax Agricultural Show

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Savile Park, Halifax, is currently buzzing as crowds of people enjoy the 68th Halifax Agricultural Show.

Farmers, competitors and vendors from across Yorkshire have come to the biggest agricultural show in Calderdale.

Sheep farmer Jonathan Pesterfield is at the show for the first time to showcase his lambs and has travelled from near York.

He said: “We heard this is a really good show so we’ve come from near York to show off what we’ve achieved this year.

“We’re showing fat lambs here today - they butchers lambs, lambs fit for market.”

Alongside the cows, sheep and horses on show are some more unusual animals.

Shaun and Julie Daniel of Country Alpacas, Norland, have attended Halifax Agricultural Show for the past six years and are showing off their alpacas and products made using their wool including scarves and duvets.

Shaun said: “We’re a locally-based alpaca farm, so we’re here to introduce the alpaca to the public because a lot of people aren’t really aware of what you can do with them.

“Alpaca is one of the noble fibres, so it falls under the same bracket as mohair and cashmere.

“It’s a dry fleece that’s used for a lot of high-end luxury items.

As well as being able to showcase their animals, there is also a stall by Calderdale Young Farmers.

Hatty Noble of Calderdale Young Farmers said: “We have a stand here every year.

“We like to showcase what we do in the community - we’re a club for young people in farming or with an interest in farming to meet people with common interests.

“The Agricultural Show important as a showcase for the farming industry in our area, and it’s important for us to advertise to young people so they know where to come.

“Isolation is a big issue in farming communities, and we’re here to help tackle that.”

There are a number of food stalls, fairground rides and horse trials to enjoy, plus a show of classic cars and tractors.

Geoff Bailey of Cleckheaton is showing his 1993 Morgan Plus Four.

He said: “We’ve done all the long-distance touring with Morgans since 1986, but we’re getting to an age now where we’re quite happy to stay at home.

“We absolutely love this show, and we actually won last year.”

The Halifax Agricultural Show tuns all day today and tomorrow.

 

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