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Third day of Royal Welsh Show

It is the third day of the Royal Welsh Show at Llanelwedd, and among today's highlights is the final of the Inter Hunt Relay competition.

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Welsh meat exports hit 'record high'

The export trade for Welsh beef and lamb reached a 'record high' last year, bringing in nearly a quarter of a billion pounds to the economy.

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Warnings over falling beef prices

The Royal Welsh Show begins today at Llanelwedd, with warnings over the future of the beef industry here on the agenda.

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There is concern too much beef from abroad is stocking shelves of retailers. Credit: ITV Wales

Meat Promotion Wales says supermarkets and other retailers are stocking too much beef from outside the UK, having gone back on pledges to stock more British meat after the horsemeat scandal.

It says the amount received by farmers in Wales and around the UK has fallen meanwhile, with some paid up to £300 less per animal compared to last year.

The Welsh Retail Consortium, which represents retailers here, has responded by saying that beef prices are related to wider market conditions, and are projected to rise later in the year.

“Large quantities of imported beef products are now present in some UK retailers and we must presume – for want of a better explanation - it’s because it’s a penny or two cheaper than our own produce....The big danger for our industry is that some farmers will feel they have little choice other than to get out of beef altogether and that will be a tragedy, not only for our industry, but also for the consumer....Our message to the entire retail trade is simple - use our products or lose them."

– Dai Davies, chairman of Meat Promotion Wales

Royal Welsh record breaker

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the show. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Organisers of The Royal Welsh Show say it's celebrated 50 years at Llanelwedd with a record number of visitors.

241,781 people went to the four day event with 1000 from 40 different countries.

Organisers say the royal couple's attendance swelled numbers. Credit: Matt Cardy/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales sent a message of thanks to the Royal Welsh Society for the warm welcome they received.

The show is said to generate around £40m a year.

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