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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
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