THE best of the best in livestock, produce, equestrian and country pursuits have been celebrated on day two of the Great Yorkshire Show.

This year there were 2,979 sheep entries at the show, which were whittled down to just four for the Supreme Championship.

One of those four was Adrian Helm and Pam Morrish's Teeswater ewe, from Tunstall, near Great Ayton.

Sadly, the couple missed out on the coveted top spot but were delighted with their haul of rosettes.

Mr Helm said: "We have ten breeding females after starting with just two.

"We chose the breed because it is rare and local, and we are incredibly proud to have done so well."

The couple won longwool champion, and five first places, including group of three, best of breed male champion and reserve champion.

He added: "It is a hobby, it is a passion of ours to raise the profile of this rare breed, so we are delighted to have matched our success from last year's Great Yorkshire Show."

The Supreme Sheep Championship was awarded to a Dutch Spotted Sheep owned by Ali Jackson from Annan, Scotland.

The Supreme Dairy winner was Saxown Precision Cash 89 owned by the Saxby family from Bawtry, South Yorkshire, handled by Elle Saxby.

In the Game Cookery Theatre, Sam Miller, chef from the George and Dragon pub in Hudswell, near Richmond, gave a demonstration of cooking Yorkshire rabbit and pigeon with a South American twist.

His mum, Steph Miller, who also works at the pub, said: "It is his first time giving a demonstration here and has gone well. It's a good advert for the pub."

Show director Charles Mills said he was incredibly proud of what everyone involved with the show had achieved this year to make it better than ever.

But he said he was disappointed that farming minister Robert Goodwill MP had made a last-minute change to his schedule, moving his visit from Tuesday to Thursday – clashing with the royal visit of Prince Andrew.

With regard to the cancellation of pig classes this year due to a health scare at another event, he said it was disappointing but a necessary precaution.

He said: "It has been disappointing for exhibitors who prepare all year to come, and there are people who come here just to see the pigs. But we have to protect the pig industry and the future of the show.

"Animal welfare is paramount to us – it would be irresponsible to allow exhibitors to bring animals that were not 100 per cent fit."

He said a major focus for the show was to showcase farming and agriculture to the younger generation, with the Discovery Zone, and the new Gen Z area for teens.

Mr Mills said: "If we don't have young people coming forward then we won't have people with fresh ideas to sustain the future.

"There will be a lot of changes in agriculture in the next five years."

He added: "We are honoured to welcome HRH Prince Andrew to the show, and we will try to show him some of the technological side of farming as that's where his interest lies."

The Great Yorkshire Show concludes tomorrow.