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Farming will flourish after Brexit, say Gloucestershire agricultural experts

Farming will flourish when the UK leaves the European Union, according to two leading figures in Gloucestershire's agricultural community.

Simon Randall CBE, the the President of the Moreton-in-Marsh and District Agricultural and Horse Show Society believes farming will "thrive" after March 29.

While Richard Smith head of the team at Daylesford Organic Farms called Brexit "a fantastic opportunity to re-evaluate how we farm."

The pair were speaking at the annual Moreton Show Farms and Crops Size Presentation evening, where Daylesford were the big winners.

Randall told the crowd of 140 local farmers about his opinions of the industry as Britain approaches it's exit from the EU.

A solicitor from Blockley, Randall has been a supporter of the Moreton show for 30 years and is chairman of the charity Friends of the Cotswolds.

He spoke to praise the "variety, quality of Cotswold farming" before turning his attention to what will happen if and when Brexit eventually occurs.

He said: "It will not only survive but thrive after March 29, despite predictions to the contrary."

The big winners on the presentation evening were Daylesford Organic Farms.

Richard Smith and his team collected the Nancibell Gregory Trophy for best floack of sheep, the Leadbeater Bowl for its quality potatoes as well as awards for beef cattle and commercial rams.

The Daylesford team with their awards

David Gauld was named best shepherd, while Dayleford also picked up the Harry Ferguson Salver and Tea Service for being crowned champion farm.

Richard Smith said: "At Daylesford, we have a truly diverse, mixed farm with a great team and I'm thrilled to bits to have won so many trophies."

On Brexit he added: "I think it gives us a fantastic opportunity to re-evaluate how we farm.

"Public opinion is swinging towards supporting environmental issues and animal welfare and I'm glad to be part of a farm that champions these causes."

Also rewarded on the evening were Richard Timbrell, Richard Jones and Will Wilkinson of the Charlton Abbotts Estate in Cheltenham, who were given long-service awards.

Hugh Mitchell, the retired estate manager at Sezincote, near Moreton-in-Marsh was also recognised for his many years of service.

The Farms and Crops competition are an important part of the work of the Moreton Show Society, who are celebrating their 70th anniversary in 2019.

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