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Suffolk Show 2017: From Suffolk punches standing proud to cute fluffy chicks - animals at the two-day show

PUBLISHED: 11:37 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 21:21 31 May 2017

One of the many sheep on display at day one of the Suffolk Show. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

One of the many sheep on display at day one of the Suffolk Show. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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The Suffolk Show - it is a place that celebrates all that is great about our farming industries, but there is much more on offer than heavy horses and livestock.

Thousands of people attended the first day of the Suffolk Show 2017. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThousands of people attended the first day of the Suffolk Show 2017. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Shetland ponies, pygmy goats and small farm animals have been brought along by Colchester-based Wellies-On Care Farm. The farm provides animal-assisted therapy, visiting hospices, care homes and schools, and is already proving a hit with the show’s younger guests today.

Baby ducklings at the Suffolk Show. Picture: EMILY TOWNSENDBaby ducklings at the Suffolk Show. Picture: EMILY TOWNSEND

You can find the Wellies-On Care Farm in the East of England Co-op stand in Flower Show Avenue.

Lynne Warner, community events manager at the East of England Co-op, said: “The Suffolk Show is our biggest trade stall of the year, where we can work with the community and members of the public promoting our services.

Ram at the Suffolk Show. Picture: EMILY TOWNSENDRam at the Suffolk Show. Picture: EMILY TOWNSEND

“We’ve got the Wellies-On Care Farm here with their Shetland ponies, pygmy goats and lambs and we are happy to help them promote themselves to the community.

Shetland ponies on display at the children's farm at the Suffolk Show 2017. Picture: EMILY TOWNSENDShetland ponies on display at the children's farm at the Suffolk Show 2017. Picture: EMILY TOWNSEND

“People are enjoying coming along and petting the animals and find out more about their work.”

A Devon cow with her calf at the Suffolk Show. Picture: EMILY TOWNSENDA Devon cow with her calf at the Suffolk Show. Picture: EMILY TOWNSEND

In the children’s farm, families can get up close to a number of animals, including sheep, pigs, ducklings and chicks, and a Devon cow and her calf.

The Grand Parade at the Suffolk Show 2017, day one. Picture: GREGG BROWNThe Grand Parade at the Suffolk Show 2017, day one. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The children’s farm is in the Farm Discovery Zone, on Main Avenue.

Suffolk Show 2017. Picture: GREGG BROWNSuffolk Show 2017. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Across both days at the show there is the Grand Parade - a great opportunity to see some of the most impressive livestock and horses in the Heavy Horse, Cattle and Sheep classes.

There was plenty to keep the dogs interested at the Suffolk Show. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThere was plenty to keep the dogs interested at the Suffolk Show. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The Grand Parade takes place in the Collins Ring at 4.30pm today, and 2.30pm tomorrow.

Getting a good look at their competitors at the Suffolk Show 2017. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNGetting a good look at their competitors at the Suffolk Show 2017. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Of course, the Suffolk Show is a dog-friendly event, meaning there are hundreds enjoying the attractions on offer today.

Stephen Cobbald with his reserve champion Suffolk sheep at the Suffolk Show 2017.
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNStephen Cobbald with his reserve champion Suffolk sheep at the Suffolk Show 2017. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Lazing in the sun at the Suffolk Show 2017. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNLazing in the sun at the Suffolk Show 2017. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Could this be the largest rabbit at the Suffolk Show this year? Picture: SAM DAWESCould this be the largest rabbit at the Suffolk Show this year? Picture: SAM DAWES

Suffolk Punches on display in the President's Ring. Picture: GREGG BROWNSuffolk Punches on display in the President's Ring. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Suffolk Punches parade around the President's Ring. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNSuffolk Punches parade around the President's Ring. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

An Albino kit in the rabbit tent. Picture: SAM DAWESAn Albino kit in the rabbit tent. Picture: SAM DAWES

A history reenactment in the Horse and Country Ring. Picture: GREGG BROWNA history reenactment in the Horse and Country Ring. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Poppy Gibson with her dog Ralph in the President's Ring at the Suffolk Show 2017.
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNPoppy Gibson with her dog Ralph in the President's Ring at the Suffolk Show 2017. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Suffolk Show cattle competitor Natasha Mann, of Iken, near Woodbridge, with Yarn Hill Viper, breed winner in the Lincoln Red competition. Picture: SARAH CHAMBERSSuffolk Show cattle competitor Natasha Mann, of Iken, near Woodbridge, with Yarn Hill Viper, breed winner in the Lincoln Red competition. Picture: SARAH CHAMBERS

It's a dog's day out at the Suffolk Show 2017. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNIt's a dog's day out at the Suffolk Show 2017. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

One of the Californian rabbits on show inside the rabbit tent. Picture: SAM DAWESOne of the Californian rabbits on show inside the rabbit tent. Picture: SAM DAWES

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