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Farmers put on a show but have concerns over Brexit

The crowds turned up, the sun came out, and traders reported brisk business at the Kent County Show in Detling today.

But despite the good weather, there was concern about the future of farming in the south east.

As Tom Savvides reports.

Tom spoke to Kevin Attwood, the chairman of the Kent Agricultural Society and Environment Minister, Therese Coffey.

His report also has reaction from visitors to the show.

Pig rustlers steal 14 animals from New Forest farm

Fourteen pigs have been stolen from a farm in the New Forest. The animals were taken some time between Monday evening and Tuesday morning from South Allenford Farm in Fordingbridge. Each one is tattooed with a specific marking on the shoulder. Interview with farmer Robert Shepherd.

Celebration of rural life at Ardingly

A celebration of rural life is underway in Sussex at the South of England show.

The event in Ardingly takes place for the next three days. Our reporter Andy Dickenson has been to have a look around


Royal potato crop is flavour of the season

For many Jersey Royal new potatoes are a delicious eat. They are also a sign that Spring is here, even if the weather suggests otherwise.

Supermarkets are stocking up with the potatoes; 40,000 tonnes are handpicked every year with farmers packing up 80 bags a minute, 24 hours a day.

Our reporter Wesley Smith has been to see the Jersey Royal's journey from field to fork.

Students learn about farm safety

Agricultural students at Abingdon and Witney College will be learning about farm safety today.

It's part of an initiative by the National Farmers Union to try and raise awareness of the risks involved with the industry and reduce the number of injuries and fatalities every year.

They'll be put in real-life situations and have to decide what action to take to prevent accidents happening.

Agricultural students in Abingdon will be taught about farm safety Credit: ITV Meridian

"Young people are such an important target group for this farm safety message as the future of the industry.

"As technology advances within farming, the risk of accidents can actually increase. While the safety of machinery and equipment has improved, the fact that machines can do so much more can make people complacent. It's fantastic to have an outside organisation like the Farm Safety Foundation come in to help us deliver this vital message and for the students to face scenarios they could come across on their own farms when they go home or in their future workplace."

– Pam Willsher, Head of Faculty Land Based Industries & Life Sciences

Farmer asks: could you adopt some of my hens?

Have you ever kept hens? No? Well now's your chance! A farmer in Sussex needs to find new homes for thousands of them. Regulations on egg producers force them to get rid of the birds when they're only 18 months old. Usually they're slaughtered. But Susie Macmillan is determined that her hens should live out their days peacefully. Malcolm Shaw reports.

The farm's link is here.

Top of the crops - ideal weather brings a bumper apple harvest

Ideal weather conditions have resulted in one of the best apple crops in living memory. Early summer sun, a wet August and warm September mean some varieties will have a record breaking year. Sarah Saunders spoke to Tonbridge apple farmer James Simpson and Adrian Barlow of the growers group English Apples and Pears.

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