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Devon County Show 2015: Farming community's day in the sun

Devon's biggest annual event has country life at its heart. Credit: ITV News

Devon's biggest annual event was opened by the Princess Royal today at Westpoint, just outside Exeter.

Packed with agricultural machinery, livestock and local food and drink, the 120th Devon County Show gives the farming community in the South West the chance to celebrate, show off their animals and produce - and plan for the future.

We'll be broadcasting live from the 120th Devon County Show this evening. Credit: ITV News

For many farmers that future is shrouded in uncertainty, as they wait to see what the new government will do to support their industry.

We'll be broadcasting live from the event from 6pm tonight - and speaking to farming minister George Eustice about what farmers can expect from the next five years.

Local farmers face an uncertain future. The county show is an opportunity to plan for it. Credit: ITV News

Police dogs on display at the Devon County Show

Police dogs on display at the Devon County Show Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The Devon and Cornwall police dog display team, together with a selection of police puppies will be showcasing their skills which they learn as part of their police training in the main arena at the Devon County Show.

The police dog display team will be will be used in a firearms scenario with gun fire where the dogs will be used to detain an armed person.

They will also demonstrate a search situation and emergency recall where a dog is sent in error to a detained person.

The puppies will be showing the crowds their newly learned skills in the agility and obedience classes.

Police dog Brodie will also be attending as the Devon and Cornwall Police guest of honour.

Brodie, from the police puppy scheme who had both hips replaced earlier this year will be on hand to meet the public at the police stand with his puppy walkers and Police Canine Development Officer, Paul Glennon.

Brodie was brought into the world by the breeding programme run by Devon and Cornwall Police.

‘Bionic Brodie’ as he has affectionately been known, captured the hearts of the public when it was confirmed the only way that Brodie could lead a pain free life was if both hips were replaced after a diagnosis of chronic hip dysplasia.

He healed nicely after the first operation and is expected to be fully recovered in about eight weeks.

– Paul Glennon, Police Canine Development Officer

Getting ready for the Devon County Show

The Devon County Show starts tomorrow. People across the region are getting ready for the event.

Are you going? If so - why not send us a picture! westcountry@itv.com

Devon County Show just one day away

The Devon County Show starts tomorrow and almost 100,000 are expected to attend this year's event. Last year bad weather forced the cancellation of the final day.

Thousands of litres of milk collected from cows at the event will have to be thrown away, rather than sold to the public.

It's the first time the event won't have been allowed to sell on the milk from animals that are being judged

Jacquie Bird reports.

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Farming - the UK's most dangerous industry

Farming is one of the biggest industries in the West Country and today it was named as the most dangerous - with safety regulations being regularly ignored.

Two people lost their lives last year here in the South West in farming accidents, but hundreds more suffered serious injuries.

Claire Manning has met one farmer who was badly injured when his trailer got caught on a power line.

Wurzels rework hit song for farm safety campaign

The Wurzels have reworked their hit song "Combine Harvester" to raise awareness of farm safety Credit: Yellow Wellies UK

Somerset band The Wurzels have released a new version of their classic 'Combine Harvester' song.

It's part of a new campaign by the National Farmers Union to reduce death and injury in the workplace. The agricultural industry is the UK's most dangerous occupation - figures from the Health and Safety Executive show 27 people died in farm accidents in the year to April 2014.

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Large crowds at Dorset County Show

Large crowds have attended the Dorset County Show Credit: ITV News

The first day of the Dorset County Show has attracted large crowds.

Sixty thousand people are expected at the showground near Dorchester over the weekend. Judges say there's been a high standard of entry in the horticulture and livestock classes.

There are also food tents, trade stands and many other displays.

The show's secretary, Sam Mackenzie-Green, says it's the diversity that helps attract so many people:

"We're a combination things. It's the main ring attractions, we've got Bolddog Lings which people are really excited about seeing. The National Vegetabel Society's national championships again which appeals to a whole other group of people. And we have so much food and drink, local food and drink, I think there is something for everyone".

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Summer closes as Dorset County Show opens

Livestock shows are just one of the attractions at the show. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Preparations are underway for the start of the Dorset County Show.

The event, which traditionally celebrates the end of harvest, is one of the last shows on the south west agricultural calendar.

The ground near Dorchester will open to the public tomorrow and Sunday.

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