Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show is well underway in Harrogate in North Yorkshire.

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Yorkshire Show organisers investigating cheating cases

Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show are investigating claims that cattle have been tampered with in order to enhance their appearance.

Bosses warned ahead of the event that tactics such as gluing extra hair onto animals and pumping up udders with liquid or gas would not be tolerated.

Former chief cattle steward and show director Bill Cowling said the practice was "despicable and heinous" and warned a screening system would be in operation.

He confirmed investigations were underway into two suspected cases after checks by the show's vets when animals were brought out of the ring.

"The owners have been informed, and any substances which may

contravene the Society's malpractice rules are being analysed.

"The animals continue to participate in the show."

– Bill Cowling, director of Great Yorkshire Show

Results will not be available before the end of the show and could take between two to three weeks.

The cattle classes are a hugely popular part of the show with major breeders coming from all over the country to compete - attracting around 1,000 cattle entries.

"If they were confirmed, those animals would be stripped of their awards and the exhibitors would be banned from the show.

"Any prize money would also be forfeited. We have been carrying out random testing for three years and these are the first two animals that need further investigation.

"We warned before the show that we would take any suspicions of tampering very seriously."

– Bill Cowling, director of Great Yorkshire Show

Full Report: Bedale School at Great Yorkshire Show

Children who set up a farm at their school in North Yorkshire have showcased their animals at the Great Yorkshire show.

Mowbray School in Bedale looks after children with learning difficulties and the farm is a form of therapy that is aimed at teaching pupils about responsibility.

On the second day of one of the country's biggest agricultural shows, the children had the opportunity to show off their hard work.

You can watch the full report from Rachel Sweeney below.

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