Pets win prizes for pygmy goat owners
AFTER originally taking home two pygmy goats as pets, Robert and Wendy Kinsey now boast a herd of 32 animals.
The couple put forward 19 of them for classes at the Cheshire Show and soon started to pick up winner's rosettes.
Among the winners was Cerys, who was born in December and won gold in the kid class.
Wendy, of Old House Green Cottage, in Scholar Green said: "We've been breeding pygmy goats for seven years now.
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"We originally got two as pets, but then we fell in love with them. Our first two were called Dylan and Megan and we still have them now.
"We originally wanted something that didn't need to be milked. We did some research and found the pygmy goats only produce what milk they need. They are such friendly animals.
"We have got a smallholding where we keep them. They have got to have shelter all the time because they won't go out into the rain.
"We do sell some of them, but when we have new kids, I also pick out the best to keep, so we are always improving the quality of our herd.
"If you want to keep them in show condition, you have to wash them and brush them. We will wash them all at the beginning of the year and then before a major show. We have brought 19 to the Cheshire Show, so we had to wash and brush all of them.
"But first and foremost, they are all our pets."
Thousands of people flocked to the second day of the Cheshire Show, which took place in glorious sunshine.
Young singers from Sir William Stanier Community School's singing club, in Crewe, entertained the crowds with performances of One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful, Cannonball, by Damien Rice, and A Whole New World from the Disney movie, Aladdin.
Emma Grant, aged 14, from Crewe, said: "It's exciting."
Charmaine Quayle, aged 12, of Crewe, said: "The biggest audience we have played to is the school, but it is good to perform at the Cheshire Show."
Highlights included show jumping, displays of sheep, cattle, horses, goats, pigs and smaller animals like guinea pigs. There were also flower displays, a gun dog demonstration and falconry.
The food hall proved popular, with many visitors sampling the various treats on offer.
David Williams Cheese won a gold rosette for its Cheshire Cheese with cranberries, and its Bowland Cheese, which is a Lancashire cheese blended with apples, raisins and cinnamon.
Owner David Williams, aged 51, of Sandbach, below, said: "It means a lot to win at the Cheshire Show. There are some of the best judges around.
"We've been making cheese since 1875, when it was originally Godfrey Williams and there is still a shop in Sandbach.
"We specialise in making blended cheese."