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Stags Auctioneer Andrew Ranson demonstrates to pupils the art of livestock auctioneering

1,500 children enjoy a hands-on, interactive learning journey to see how their food travels from farm to plate. More than 50 exhibits illustrate each aspect of the local farming and food production industry and more than 400 volunteers from the industry give up their time and expertise freely to make the event happen. It's specifically aimed at Cornish primary school children, from Year 3 and 4 (aged 7 to 9 years.)

Andrew Ranson demonstrates to pupils the art of livestock auctioneering, with the kids enthusiastically bidding for 3 Charollais fat lambs and a rare breed Devon and Cornwall Longwool ewe from a farm at Boyton, near Launceston.

Mr Ranson comments, “It is great to see the faces of the young children as they learn about farming and where their food comes from, in what is a very hands-on and fun way. I think one or two of the teachers might also be learning a thing or two! I think this sort of interaction between food producers, processors and retailers with children and the public in general is so important. There is a growing interest in where our food comes from, which can’t be a bad thing”.