Goats The Farmers' Country Showdown


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At the Cotswolds' Moreton-in-Marsh Show, Oxfordshire-based breeder Betty Judge shows her pygmy goats while Laura Ketley from Warwickshire exhibits her dairy Toggenburg goats.


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Across the country, thousands of farming families work tirelessly around the clock.

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Bring them up, Isabel. Well done.

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Here they come. Shake it, baby. Shake it.

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But there is one day each year

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where they get to leave the daily routine behind.

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WHOOPING

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These are show days.

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Welcome to the Pembrokeshire County Show...

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They come together as a community...

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Salute!

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..to showcase the fruits of their labour...

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I've had a quick look at the competition. I'm in with a chance.

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..and try to win prizes for their breed champions...

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Well done. Wa-hey!

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It's show business, folks!

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..and award-winning projects.

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I've got first!

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The last two jars.

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There will be highs...

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..and lows...

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No, no, no!

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..for the dedicated farmers who give everything to walk away a champion.

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No way!

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All over Britain, nearly 100,000 goats are now farmed.

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Are you coming?

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Despite being domesticated 10,000 years ago,

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they have taken their time to become popular in this country.

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But that moment has arrived.

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You're going to get a shock tomorrow when you go to the show.

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Today, we are meeting two of the many farmers who have started

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breeding these cheeky animals.

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Betty Judge

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and Laura Ketley are both passionate about their goats,

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and they're heading to this year's Moreton-in-Marsh show,

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to try to win coveted red rosettes and prove they are top breeders.

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I'm over the moon. It's worth getting up for.

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Faringdon, a market town in Oxfordshire,

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is home to specialist breeders Betty and Stewart Judge.

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Here, on an 11-acre farm,

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they raise an array of animals

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which they sell in the UK and internationally.

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I've always been obsessional, I think.

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My family have always said "Betty could never have one".

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Well, I think it is a good obsession, actually.

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This is Opal

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and this is Halo.

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That is Snazzy.

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Maize is the light-coloured one.

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Betty and Stewart bought the farm in 1976,

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and have built it up into a successful breeding business.

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I've got 13 sheep and 28 pygmy goats.

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And nine kunekune pigs.

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I have to keep remembering!

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And of course, their pet cat Lola.

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If you want to feed the others, I will put Lee-Lee away.

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Come on, Lee-Lee.

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Soon to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary,

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Betty and Stewart work like a well-oiled machine.

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But there is no doubt who is in the driving seat.

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I do the overall management of the place.

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We have a chart in the kennels so that we know exactly which animals

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are where. Even the field is accounted for.

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He is my foreman.

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-You are looking well.

-Small...

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Yes, we'll go and do those now. Yes, yes.

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Neither of us would be without each other.

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I think, you know, we do have our differences and different ideas,

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as you should have.

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But, you know, basically we are on the same line,

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that the animals have got to be looked after to the best of our ability.

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-Come on then.

-Come on, babies. The dish is out. That's good.

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That is easier.

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Little Snowy.

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Don't spill so much on the floor.

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-Do you want to do it?

-No.

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Goats have been a late addition to this farm.

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It was only in 2011 that Betty and Stewart started their first herd.

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It was a way to overcome a devastating family tragedy.

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They lost their 19-year-old son, Richard,

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when he suffered a fatal heart attack.

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That was a huge, huge blow to anybody.

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While it was crushing to them both, Stewart took it particularly hard.

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Since then, he's had one or two bouts of depression, since then.

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And then it culminated in this really, really bad one in 2011.

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And, as I say, he was...

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..seriously ill and...

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..he was for some time.

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But eventually, he came home and we started about building a new...

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..interest and reason to live.

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Without a doubt, they are really good therapy.

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The animals were a method of giving him something to get out of bed in

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the morning and out of the chair, and help me with.

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I think he enjoys the animals as much as I do.

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Tremendously. I love them all.

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They are great fun.

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And they give me something to do.

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He used to help me feed them with the bottles.

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They were in the new dining room in a pen.

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And... I mean, he was so protective of them.

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These pygmy goats haven't just brought joy to this couple.

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I adore them all.

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But one or two make special marks in your heart.

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As an average height of 20 inches, their cute factor,

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along with their ability to adapt to all climates,

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have made them extremely popular as pets, as well as livestock.

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They are little sweethearts, aren't you?

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They are so rewarding because they give you so much.

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I wouldn't be without them. I don't know what I would go without my animals.

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I'm not sort of a person that goes on holidays or goes shopping -

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only for animals!

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Or anything else, you know, I'm absolutely... Adore them.

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Just 60 miles north is Warwickshire,

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home to the Ketley family.

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Laura lives with her mother Vicky,

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and grandparents Shirley and Steve on their 22 acres.

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Come and then, girls. Everyone calls me the crazy goat lady.

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And that's, like, how I'm known.

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And well, I don't think I'll ever live it down.

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But no, I don't mind, but it is slightly unusual and I don't...

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Before I started doing this, I didn't know anyone else that, you know,

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had goats at the age of 20 and loved it as much as I do.

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Only two years out of agricultural college,

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Laura's building a herd of Toggenburg dairy goats.

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When you spend so much time with them and you milk than twice a day

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and...you do just build up some kind of bond,

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especially with the ones that you milk.

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It's just... You bond every day

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while you are doing it. And, oh, and that's it. He doesn't want any more.

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Not one for the easy life, Laura also has a full-time job.

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I work for an organisation within DEFRA called the Animal And Plant Health Agency.

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We work towards safeguarding animals and human health.

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I absolutely love my job.

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I really do.

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DEFRA, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

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was established in 2001 following a devastating foot and mouth epidemic.

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Laura is one of its many inspectors,

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sent across the country to ensure farms now meet certain standards.

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With my age, it does throw up challenges.

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However, I think the fact that I do understand where they're coming from

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and having, you know,

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the goats and having met so many different people and understanding

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what they're going through, it definitely helps.

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But I do think they see me and they think, "what does she know?"

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Yeah, you do that one.

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I look cleaner than I normally do.

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Since Laura and her mother moved to the country to live with her

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grandparents, the whole family have immersed themselves in rural life.

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I'm from the town, definitely a townie, and we moved here.

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I wanted to move here to give Laura a better life, really.

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I just felt that because my parents love animals and we came and Laura

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took to it like a duck to water, really.

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She loves it.

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Laura's grandfather Steve, a former property developer,

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shares her love of farming.

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I didn't know what keeping land was all about.

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I thought you just mowed and that's it.

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But it's a full-time job.

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But we did what we did, and it's took a few years.

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My job here really now, now that the house is finished and everything, is I keep the land,

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and it's to go along with, build Laura up. I'm happy to do it.

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She's brilliant. Absolutely brilliant with animals.

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Me and Grandad are really close.

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He's definitely been there for me.

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I remember I used to sit in bed with him and be like right,

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what are we going to... Like, when I was really, really young,

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we'd be like, one day, we are going to have a quad bike and lambs and we

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can bottle-feed them and all this.

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Like, never ever thinking it would ever happen.

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Laura is...

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She's everything.

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I love...

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I love my grandkids.

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Laura's the sort of person I don't...

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I would have loved to be when I was younger.

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I'd have loved her life.

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While the others run the farm side of things...

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-Hi, girls.

-..Laura's grandmother Shirley also digs in to help.

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Growing vegetables.

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We'll have these later for dinner.

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And that's the other thing, really,

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it's nice to pick things and then take it straight to the kitchen and

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in 24 hours, you've eaten it.

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It just feels like you've produced something for yourself,

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you haven't had to go and buy it.

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Out the way, come on. There you go.

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Good girls.

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Let's see if you've laid me any eggs.

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And proving home-grown is always satisfying.

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Just the one. Good girls.

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They're lovely, the chickens. Two eggs each day.

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And I don't care what anybody says,

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your own eggs are much better than the ones you have in the shops.

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However, a farming life has meant serious adjustments.

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It's never-ending, really.

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It's not something that you can't just not do one day.

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When Laura said that she wanted to have goats,

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I was really quite concerned

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as I was thinking how are we going to go on holiday?

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How can we go out for the day because we have to get back for milking?

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But it's become a way of life for all of us now,

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and we really don't know what we'd do without them, really.

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You don't want to be getting in at three o'clock in the morning and then milking at 6-7 o'clock.

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I don't really drink or go out, and I don't mind that,

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I do think it probably does come down to the goats.

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But I think, I think my grandad's probably quite happy about that.

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With no farming background,

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the Ketleys are finding their feet together to build a future.

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And for Laura, that future is goat meat.

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I'd like, eventually, like, 100 breeding nannies.

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I've sent, like, the kids for meat before,

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instead of sending them for pets.

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And I just can't keep up with demand, it's unbelievable.

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I sold it to local restaurants, just the local people,

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and it goes down really, really well,

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so there's definitely a market out there for it.

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We got the space, and I don't mind, I've got the time.

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But it's just, I can't detach from them being my pets or friends

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to them going to the meat market, sort of thing.

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If that's what she wants to do, then we'll back her 100%

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because I do think there is a future in goat meat.

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And I think that's the way she wants to go.

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It's not just her future business plans Laura's thinking about.

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I'd love to marry a farmer.

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That is all I want.

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Scruffy old thing.

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Marry a farmer, milk cows, have sheep, goats, everything.

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Down in Oxfordshire, with only a few days until the Moreton-in-Marsh show,

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Betty's hoping to add to her collection.

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If she can find any space, that is.

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It's called the trophy room,

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and the number of people that have come in here and they've sort of like,

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"Oh, my God."

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"Do you know how many rosettes there?" Not a clue.

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40 years of showing livestock has brought a lot of accolades,

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making Betty one of the most decorated exhibitors in the country.

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Well, it's like a haven in a way.

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It's like nostalgia, isn't it?

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They can't take this away from me.

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I've proven myself.

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It's not just a flash in the pan, it's been dedication over...

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Well, I first started showing early '70s with the ponies,

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we had a lead rein pony, which is that pony up there with my husband.

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This was '84, at the Royal Welsh, where I was presented to the Queen.

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Nobody's got wallpaper like I have.

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I like to come in here when we've had a really busy day,

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perhaps come in with a drink, sit down,

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and that I can look round and

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think, yeah, that's a lovely rosette, isn't it?

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But then I remember that day vividly.

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What a day, what a day.

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Now, you're a naughty boy.

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This year, Betty is recruiting two very special helpers for show day.

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Granddaughters Sophie, who's 16, and Lily, who's just five.

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-Oh, look who's arrived! Hello.

-Hi.

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-Lovely to see you!

-Grandma and Grandad.

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Oh, I haven't seen you for a while, have we?

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Hello, sweetheart.

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Son Philip and his wife Claire have brought Lily and grandson Harry to

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meet the goats before the big day.

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And do you know what his name is?

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Toy Boy. He's a toy boy.

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Cos he likes toys?

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Yes, he likes toys.

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Come on, hidey ho.

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Lily is going to need some practice before showing

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Grandma's prized goats.

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Do you want to try that? Stand over her, go on, it's like a pony.

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She won't hurt you. Go on, stand over her.

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That's it, I'll hold you.

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I'm a bit small.

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Well, I am, too.

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Right, now you've got to get your fingers, gently, one each side,

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and just show their teeth.

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Philip is no stranger to his mother's grand passion.

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To be fair, if she could get a lead on a caterpillar, she would.

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I think it's incredibly good to see my parents happy,

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you know, in the twilight years as such.

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You know, they've been through a lot,

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and the job's been incredibly hard work, and as with anybody, you know,

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they have their ups and downs. And absolutely amazing to see the kids

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having a fantastic time with the animals.

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First time,

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so what more can you ask?

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That's it, keep walking.

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You are doing well there, Lily.

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So you're going to get your goat ready for the show, Lily?

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-Wow.

-Even with decades of showing experience behind her,

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Betty's still relatively new to goats.

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Showing is important because then you know whether you're on the right

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track, that you're actually breeding to the right standard

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and that you are improving.

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I think that looks good.

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Just a bit here because it's a little bit rough.

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We're taking 20 pygmy goats to the show.

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Which is about normal for me.

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I'm taking some of my very, very best and special ones.

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My high hopes are that everything goes well, that's all you can ask,

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and we have a good day and we come back happy,

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and we bring the best goats home, no matter what.

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Regardless of what the judge feels.

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We might not win anything.

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No, well, there's always that.

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-Somebody's opinion.

-It's somebody's opinion.

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It's just somebody's opinion. That's showing.

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-Yep.

-It's not the winning, it's the taking part.

-Part!

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Up in Warwickshire,

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Laura and her family also have show day in their sights.

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What do you actually win? Anything? Or is it just...

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I think there's quite good prize money.

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Best in show is about £100, I think.

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-Is it?

-I don't know.

-But just...

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I didn't realise how competitive I was until I started showing

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the goats, and then I think it's just...

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I just want to keep improving.

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I'd like them all to do well, and they're all capable of doing well,

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I suppose. It just depends who is there on the day.

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-A red rosette is all we really want, isn't it?

-Yeah, the red, yeah.

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-Not blue.

-No.

-No.

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-Laura doesn't settle for anything but first.

-Oh.

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Good girl. Come and get it.

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Final preparations are under way.

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They're ready. Good girls.

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And Laura's goats enjoy nothing more than a good wash and shave.

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So this is just a normal men's beard trimmer, but it does the job.

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Cos now it's got a nice... It's got a nice line.

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Oh, a little bit there. Come here.

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That's it. All done.

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-GOAT BLEATS

-I know. Don't be miserable.

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But prizes won't be handed out on appearances alone.

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For some, tomorrow will be more than a beauty pageant.

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So this is Abbey.

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She's going in the milking class.

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So she'll be judged on how much milk she gives

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and then also her milk will be sampled and be sent to the lab,

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where they find out how much percentage of protein's in it

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and the butter fats as well.

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Thanks, Abs.

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The final touch is a home-sewn show jacket.

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These coats actually keep their coats nice and smooth

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after they've been washed, so that's why we put these on.

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And then when they're travelling in

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the trailer, they should stay as clean as possible.

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That's it. They look posh now.

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Ready?

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Look at that little girl.

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We are going to put mummy and baby in here because they are only tiny

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and she knows where she's going. Don't you?

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With nothing else left to shave, shine, clip or cover,

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both farming families can only hope they've done enough.

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In Oxfordshire, Betty loads her strongest pygmy goats.

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-Off we go.

-While, in Warwickshire,

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Laura has her four dairy Toggenburgs.

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In you go. Steady, steady.

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-In you go.

-Come on, girls. Go on.

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Watch your head.

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There we go.

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-Brilliant.

-Off to the show you go.

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Careful.

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Let's go!

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As the sun rises over the Cotswolds,

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the 68-year-old Moreton-In-Marsh show is coming to life.

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I think the Moreton show is very,

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very important to the local community.

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It brings an awful lot of kudos to the area.

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Being able to go around the whole show

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and see all the different sections,

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and to see the number of people

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that have come and enjoyed the show with us.

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That is a wonderful, wonderful thing.

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Months of hard work and preparation will come together today.

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Over 20,000 people are expected at this annual celebration of

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Gloucestershire rural life.

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Moreton-In-Marsh is important for the people around here to be able

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to come and exhibit their animals, to be able to show them off,

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to be able to let the public know and to try and encourage the public

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to start keeping goats.

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Across 150 acres of green fields,

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hundreds of exhibitors ready themselves and their livestock

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for a packed day of competition.

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It's a community that is no stranger to early mornings and Betty arrives

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in high spirits.

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Oh, what a beautiful day.

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That's nice. I hope it's going to be successful.

0:22:480:22:52

Let's hope. Let's just check my babies in the back.

0:22:520:22:55

Betty's first job is to settle the goats into their pens, and she has

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friends Rowan and Dennis on hand to help her.

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Showing is a shop window, really.

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Proving that you've got good animals and good stock.

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It is important to get them out and let them be seen in public.

0:23:130:23:19

I think it's a natural thing, you get nervous.

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You hope that the little goat will go well for you and that the goats

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enjoy it as well. And they are not stressed at all.

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They are all very calm, as you can see,

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and they're taking it all in their stride.

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Even the little babies that have never been off the farm before.

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Moreton-In-Marsh may be Betty's first show of the year,

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but she's been doing the show circuit for long enough

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to know it doesn't hurt to check out the competition.

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There's a lot of exhibitors here today

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that go from show to show to show

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throughout the year, so they are well seasoned and they've done

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a lot of showing.

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It would be really nice to be in the first three in every class,

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at least.

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In the dairy goat tent, the farmers are looking sprightly,

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despite being up since 5am.

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They had to deliver their competition entry milk for analysis.

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Abbey got the highest morning yield,

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which she's never done before, so that's quite good.

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And hopefully, she'll do just as well tonight.

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Yeah, and then at ten o'clock we are back in the ring,

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empty udders, and then that's when we'll get placed.

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I've got the highest hopes...

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I don't... I'm not quite... I wouldn't like to say.

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Abbey has done quite good on her milk,

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so I'm quite pleased with that,

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so we'll see.

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Come on. Get you some food.

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Food is the most important thing cos that's what makes the milk,

0:25:100:25:13

and that's half the competition, so...

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Good girl. When she doesn't eat,

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it makes me think she is not entirely...

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..happy about being here,, but I think she's settled in now.

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I think, as long as they are with their friends, then they are fine.

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Abbey is her mum as well, so she's with mummy.

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Hey? Happy?

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While Laura waits for her big moment in the ring, the gates have opened.

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Like the Cotswolds around it,

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the show attracts country and city folk alike.

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And we wait just for a moment or two more

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as our exhibitors prepare their champions to come

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into this ring.

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Betty looks the part and is ready for competition.

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This one is the male class for goats aged eight weeks to a year.

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This is Lionheart.

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He's a little billy.

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Eh? A little boy.

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A little billy in the making.

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The quality of goats is getting far better and better,

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and it's going to be a struggle probably today to find

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anyone with faults, as such,

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so you are nit-picking, really.

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Come on, then. Come on.

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Betty and Lionheart enter the ring but find themselves quarantined.

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Her goats have been officially cleared

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of a viral form of goat arthritis,

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while the rest of today's competitors have not.

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Being in a separate ring away from the others doesn't worry me at all

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because the judge judges each animal individually anyway.

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As the only billy Betty is showing today,

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she hopes young Lionheart will do her proud.

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But it seems the poor kid is already at a disadvantage.

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Lionheart has only got one eye.

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We had to have the left eye removed because somehow he ruptured his

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eyeball when he was about two weeks old, and here he is today.

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And it doesn't seem to hamper him too much anyway.

0:27:190:27:22

Just do a small circle.

0:27:220:27:23

Yeah, surely, yes. I'll do my best.

0:27:230:27:25

Come on, lovely man.

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-SHE CLICKS TONGUE

-Come on.

0:27:260:27:29

Come on. Come on.

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Come on. That's it.

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That's it. Thank you.

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Thank you.

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Time for judge Ian to inspect the others.

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It's a strong turnout today.

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With seven entries, competition will be tough for one-eyed Lionheart.

0:27:420:27:46

Thank you.

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-Right, so... And third for yourself.

-Thank you very much.

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While it's not a red, it is a third place.

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Great! I'm pleased that he did well, cos of his having one eye, you know.

0:28:050:28:10

You never know whether it will be taken against him,

0:28:100:28:13

but obviously it wasn't his fault, so...

0:28:130:28:15

He's done really well. Haven't you, darling, eh?

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With competition in full swing at ground level,

0:28:210:28:24

others are heading skywards to show off their hard-earned rural skills.

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Tree surgeons are so called

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because of their in-depth knowledge of tree biology.

0:28:320:28:35

I think in this area we can be sort of very lax on thinking that,

0:28:350:28:39

because we live in the countryside, we know all about trees.

0:28:390:28:42

And it's not so much about wearing wellies and having a Land Rover.

0:28:420:28:45

It is about actually understanding

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what trees do and what good tree pruning is

0:28:470:28:50

and what bad tree pruning is.

0:28:500:28:51

It's a natural asset that we've got in the countryside,

0:28:510:28:54

and we need to look after it.

0:28:540:28:56

These men are the guardians of the countryside. And if being an

0:28:560:28:59

airborne hero isn't enough,

0:28:590:29:01

this year they are trying to spread the word with a woodchip lucky dip.

0:29:010:29:06

All you've got to do is root around in there,

0:29:060:29:08

you've got to find a pine cone just like that with a raffle ticket.

0:29:080:29:12

Just to get kids' hands dirty and get them involved in something.

0:29:120:29:16

Oh, what have you got there?

0:29:160:29:18

It's just quirkiness, to get us talking to people about trees

0:29:180:29:21

and what can be done.

0:29:210:29:23

And then a very large display of the Cotswold sheep.

0:29:280:29:35

With her feet firmly on the ground,

0:29:350:29:37

Laura is getting ready to show off her big haul,

0:29:370:29:40

Abbey.

0:29:400:29:42

-Is that straight, yeah?

-Number one, can't be bad.

0:29:420:29:44

I know, yes. Started off well.

0:29:440:29:46

OK, good luck.

0:29:500:29:51

-Right, let's go.

-Abbey might have scored top marks in the highest milk

0:29:520:29:57

yield, but now she's got to trot her stuff in the show ring.

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Today's judge is Paul Mounter.

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As a champion breeder of dairy goats for 26 years,

0:30:090:30:13

he knows what to look for in the show ring.

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It's not a bad turnout today.

0:30:160:30:18

Most of the classes have filled up, which is quite nice.

0:30:180:30:21

I'm excited to see what we've got.

0:30:210:30:23

Good girl.

0:30:230:30:25

-Thanks very much.

-Thank you.

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Ever the support team,

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Laura's family anxiously wait to see

0:30:280:30:31

if she can scoop the coveted red rosette.

0:30:310:30:34

She looks good, actually.

0:30:350:30:36

I think she's got a chance.

0:30:360:30:38

Let's hope so. Otherwise Laura is not going to be very happy.

0:30:380:30:41

She takes it very seriously.

0:30:410:30:43

Thank you. Brilliant, thank you.

0:30:500:30:52

She got first!

0:30:520:30:53

Yay! Well done, Laura.

0:30:530:30:55

It's a fantastic start for Laura.

0:30:550:30:57

That's excellent. Well done, Laura.

0:31:000:31:03

We are pleased.

0:31:030:31:05

I like to see the red rosette.

0:31:050:31:07

That's excellent. Well done, you.

0:31:080:31:10

Oh, clever Abbey.

0:31:130:31:15

Such a good girl.

0:31:150:31:17

Oh, that's great.

0:31:170:31:19

Another one for the collection.

0:31:190:31:21

-Let's have a look.

-It's a nice rosette, as well.

0:31:210:31:23

Smashing. That's great.

0:31:230:31:25

Really good start. Let's hope it carries on that way now.

0:31:250:31:28

Hopefully we'll carry on like that way.

0:31:280:31:31

There's still life in the old 'uns.

0:31:310:31:33

She's the oldest one here, but she won, so I'm over the moon.

0:31:330:31:37

It's worth getting up for.

0:31:370:31:39

Excellent. Let's just hope we do well with the others next.

0:31:390:31:42

The morning has flown by, and with rosettes for both Laura and Betty,

0:31:490:31:54

everyone is making the most of the bank holiday.

0:31:540:31:57

Moreton-In-Marsh is an agricultural show celebrating

0:32:000:32:04

all the Cotswolds has to offer.

0:32:040:32:06

At every turn, you can sample an abundance of crafts,

0:32:080:32:11

hobbies and pastimes.

0:32:110:32:13

But today, it's also a perfect opportunity

0:32:160:32:19

to see some entertainment that

0:32:190:32:21

only the countryside could offer.

0:32:210:32:23

That's the one we want.

0:32:240:32:27

The spectacle that is...

0:32:270:32:29

..the dancing diggers!

0:32:310:32:33

These monster machines have a combined weight

0:32:350:32:37

of over 80 tonnes, but they wouldn't look out of place on Strictly.

0:32:370:32:41

And it looks like Steve's got his eye on one of the dancers.

0:32:420:32:46

Think of the work you could do with that!

0:32:460:32:47

After an act of that calibre, the goat tent seems very quiet.

0:32:580:33:03

But things are about to kick off because Laura has two entries

0:33:080:33:11

in the next competition, and she can't show them alone.

0:33:110:33:15

Are you ready now to go in the ring?

0:33:150:33:16

-What, have I got to go in now?

-Yeah, yeah.

0:33:160:33:18

Oh, no, really? I need my coat then. I don't know where it is.

0:33:180:33:22

So now we are going to goating class

0:33:220:33:25

with Scarlett and Pearl,

0:33:250:33:26

and my mum is going to have to be thrown in the deep end!

0:33:260:33:29

I need a number?

0:33:290:33:30

-Yeah.

-21.

0:33:300:33:32

My age.

0:33:320:33:33

This might be Vicky's first time in the show ring,

0:33:370:33:40

but she's doubling their chances of winning.

0:33:400:33:42

Laura is keeping the best for herself.

0:33:440:33:46

-Well...

-No, mine is going to win.

0:33:460:33:48

-Beginners' luck.

-Keep the collar under her chin. Come on, baby.

0:33:480:33:52

-Just wait there for me.

-You've got to win.

0:33:520:33:54

You've got to do well.

0:33:540:33:56

Stress!

0:33:590:34:01

Behave.

0:34:010:34:03

It's fine!

0:34:040:34:05

One eye on the goat. One eye on the judges.

0:34:090:34:11

If you can. Facing that way.

0:34:130:34:15

That's it. That's it, perfect.

0:34:150:34:17

It's the first time Vicky has done it.

0:34:170:34:20

-She's all right, though.

-Face that way, please.

0:34:200:34:23

HE TUTS

0:34:250:34:28

Not a lot of competition in this one, so...

0:34:280:34:31

No.

0:34:310:34:32

-JUDGE:

-Leave them like that.

0:34:340:34:36

22 is first.

0:34:360:34:38

21 is second.

0:34:380:34:40

Thank you very much.

0:34:400:34:41

-Good girl.

-Not bad.

0:34:420:34:44

-Thank you so much.

-And it's another great result for Laura as she takes

0:34:450:34:49

first place and Vicky comes a close second.

0:34:490:34:53

-Happy?

-Oh, yeah.

0:34:530:34:54

I think it's beginners' luck somehow.

0:34:580:35:00

I'm feeling really chuffed.

0:35:020:35:03

Another red, that's great.

0:35:040:35:06

But, yeah, they did well.

0:35:060:35:07

-Really good. I'm really pleased with them.

-I've learned a bit. I'm going to come next time.

0:35:070:35:11

If you give me a bit of training, I'll beat you next time.

0:35:110:35:14

Does that put them in good stead for the next one?

0:35:140:35:16

Yeah. I can't wait for next year!

0:35:160:35:19

For a novice, Laura is having an excellent day.

0:35:190:35:22

The spotlight is now on veteran Betty.

0:35:280:35:31

We are starting the first section of the adult female,

0:35:310:35:36

and we've got three in it,

0:35:360:35:38

so we'll have to get a move on.

0:35:380:35:40

Technically, there will be four goats going into the ring,

0:35:400:35:44

as this young kid has no intention of leaving his mother.

0:35:440:35:47

He's got to come in with her, as well,

0:35:490:35:52

Just cos he can't be left on his own.

0:35:520:35:54

Three is a lot to wrangle,

0:35:540:35:56

and Betty will need her show friends to lend a hand.

0:35:560:36:00

If you just stand her behind.

0:36:010:36:03

Her eye is all right? Yes.

0:36:070:36:10

Right, so when you line up, first, second and then third.

0:36:240:36:28

OK?

0:36:280:36:30

The judge makes a call on which of Betty's three goats he likes best.

0:36:300:36:34

-Right, relax.

-But he still has

0:36:350:36:37

to inspect the six others in this class.

0:36:370:36:40

Well, I'm pleased she's come first of these.

0:36:400:36:42

This was one of

0:36:420:36:44

the ones I was hopeful for, but that's only just the start.

0:36:440:36:47

We haven't finished yet.

0:36:470:36:48

Betty is starting to wonder if things are going to go her way.

0:36:490:36:53

Everything we've had in here, he's criticised really harshly,

0:36:530:36:57

and all those in there, they get away with murder.

0:36:570:37:00

And this one doesn't want to walk.

0:37:030:37:04

Not in the right mood.

0:37:060:37:07

Is it lame? I can't see.

0:37:110:37:13

It's not right.

0:37:130:37:14

Six and seven, yeah, OK.

0:37:230:37:24

It's not the result Betty had hoped for...

0:37:260:37:30

-So that one's six.

-..with her best pygmy goat placing in sixth.

0:37:300:37:34

I don't believe it.

0:37:350:37:37

I'm so sorry.

0:37:380:37:39

I know it slipped out of my hand.

0:37:410:37:43

Unbelievable. Come on.

0:37:430:37:44

-Unbelievable.

-Not our day today.

0:37:450:37:48

No.

0:37:480:37:49

Bit disappointing because I thought my goats were good enough

0:37:490:37:52

to at least win one or two classes, as they normally do.

0:37:520:37:58

But obviously, the judges' type is not the same as what I have,

0:37:580:38:04

so...there we go.

0:38:040:38:07

Onwards and upwards!

0:38:070:38:08

But Betty remembers what today is all about.

0:38:130:38:16

Today, we are going to have a lovely family day.

0:38:180:38:21

Five-year-old Lily will be leading Bambi in the pet class,

0:38:210:38:24

specifically for goats that are not used for breeding stock.

0:38:240:38:28

Here is your goat, Lils.

0:38:280:38:30

-And Sophie will help you.

-Ready, steady, go.

0:38:300:38:33

-Don't let go.

-Bambi is the only goat in the class.

0:38:340:38:37

-This way.

-But, when showing any animal, placing is never guaranteed.

0:38:370:38:41

Just walk out there.

0:38:430:38:45

Ready?

0:38:450:38:46

This way, Lils. Bring him this way.

0:38:500:38:53

Betty hopes Bambi and the girls can do enough to impress the judge

0:38:530:38:57

and secure her first red rosette.

0:38:570:39:00

Lily, I think you've won!

0:39:000:39:02

There we go, then. First place for you.

0:39:030:39:05

Thank you.

0:39:060:39:07

Lily's first time in the ring is a successful one.

0:39:080:39:12

Grandma and Grandad couldn't be happier.

0:39:120:39:14

Well done, Lily! You got a red one.

0:39:140:39:16

Thank you. Ready?

0:39:160:39:18

Right, hold on.

0:39:200:39:22

And at Moreton-In-Marsh show,

0:39:270:39:29

there's just one more competition left.

0:39:290:39:31

The Straw Challenge,

0:39:330:39:34

devised by a local hay and straw supplier.

0:39:340:39:37

And the idea is they have to manoeuvre

0:39:370:39:40

all the straw off the lorry

0:39:400:39:43

on to the trailer as quickly as they possibly can.

0:39:430:39:45

On your marks, get set, go.

0:39:500:39:53

Betty's son, Philip, loves to get in on the fun

0:39:530:39:56

and doesn't like to lose.

0:39:560:39:58

The Great Straw Challenge is a couple of guys on loaders,

0:40:040:40:07

moving straw from the front half of the lorry to the back half of the

0:40:070:40:11

lorry with assistance to remove

0:40:110:40:13

the straps and put the straps back on when they've finished.

0:40:130:40:17

The UK harvests an estimated 12.2 million tonnes of straw

0:40:170:40:22

a year.

0:40:220:40:23

With vast quantities being exported across the country and abroad,

0:40:240:40:28

it takes heavy-duty equipment and teamwork

0:40:280:40:31

to keep the industry moving.

0:40:310:40:33

Ladies and gentlemen, give them around of applause.

0:40:460:40:48

They're all fantastic.

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-Well done.

-It was a foregone conclusion.

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We just went through the motions.

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We actually took it steady, keep it real.

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-CHILD:

-I still couldn't believe how you cheated!

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PHILIP LAUGHS

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As the day draws to a close at Moreton-In-Marsh show,

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we say farewell to the green fields of the Cotswolds for another year.

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It's been an eventful day for both the families.

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-Thank you very much.

-Filled full of highs and a few lows.

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I don't believe it.

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Their hard work and dedication has shown commitment to their animals,

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their families and their future.

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I wouldn't have changed anything that we've done today.

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This is probably one of the best shows that we've ever done.

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It was really nice to have the family here,

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to have some help, as well,

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and they all got stuck in,

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for my mum to come and do some training as well.

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We've had a really, really good day.

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I think my mum has got the bug for showing,

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and I think competition is on between us.

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My highlight today would have been the children being involved with me.

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To have them involved and actually enjoying it was...

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..that was more important than anything else, or any rosette.

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I'm still proud of my goats whether we win or lose.

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It doesn't matter. I'm still taking the best goats home from this show.

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At the Cotswolds' Moreton-in-Marsh Show, competitive Oxfordshire-based breeder Betty Judge shows 21 of her cherished pygmy goats, while 20-year-old Laura Ketley from Warwickshire exhibits her best dairy Toggenburg goats. Both have big hopes of winning.