For most of us a trip to the Show means a good day out with picnics and a look at the exhibits, maybe a go on the sideshows for the kids. For competitors however, it’s a serious business. Winning prizes for your livestock can make a big difference to your farming business. It is easy for the rest of us to forget that this is the whole point of it.

Some things have changed though. These days it’s not just sheep, cattle, pigs and horses. While members of my family used to head out at some ungodly hour of the morning to look after their sheep, now it is their alpacas. But marketing is what it is all about and always has been.These chaps weren’t there for the fun of it. Selling is big business at the show and of course if you’re a farmer and keen on anything that has wheels, well who could resist all that lovely machinery?