Kingston Lacy visit 26th October 2015


At Kingston Lacy it had been decided to focus more on developing the quality of the Devon herd, and increase value by livestock sales, rather than producing meat.

Stockman Mark has done an excellent job and time has come to start showing the animals, just like the Bankes family did for many years. No doubt, our help with the funding of the purchase of professional cattle show equipment was very welcome.

The Committee visited Home Farm recently to view the equipment and to see how it will be used.

The images below give an impression of our visit. (Click on an image to enlarge it)

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On the way to Home Farm a stop in the park that gave Stockman Mark the opportunity for a closer inspection of an animal.
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Having arrived at the farm we had a good look at the equipment, in a way an enlarged metal 'wheely bin' that also has a plaque showing our involvement. The use of contents of the show box, halters etc., shampoo and other chemicals to clean up the animal, a blow dryer, and much more, was explained to us by Mark.

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This was followed by a demonstration of the blow dryer and the use of the show stick. This stick helps to get the animal into the best position before a panel of judges at breeding shows. Mark uses the show stick to kindly 'irritate' the animals legs (stick just visible) in the hope that the animal does what it is required to do.

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Our visit was completed with a traditional cream tea in the barn.