THIS weekend's Heckington Show sees the launch of a new book telling the unique story of Lincolnshire's farm animals.
The illustrated book traces the development of each of Lincolnshire farm animals from the earliest times to the present day. It explains the ups and downs in their fortunes, summarises their present situation and looks to the future.
Heckington Show committee chairman Charles Pinchbeck said: "Heckington Show has always offered visitors the unique chance to see all our county breeds in one display. We are delighted to have been able to work with the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology team to help people understand and enjoy them even more."
The book is published by the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology with the Heckington and District Agricultural Society.
The book, called Lincolnshire's Farm Animals, has been written by Lincolnshire historian Catherine Wilson with well-known farming authors Sue and Alan Stennett, and features a foreword by Countryfile star Adam Henson.
Lincolnshire is the only English county that has its own native breeds of sheep, cattle, pigs, and poultry and is also able to claim a large part in the development of the best known heavy horse, the Shire. Lincoln Longwool sheep, Lincoln Red cattle, Lincolnshire Curly Coat pigs, and Lincolnshire Buff poultry have long graced the fields and farmyards of the county.
Chairman of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology Stewart Squires added: "This is a valuable addition to our understanding of how farm animals in the county have evolved into what we see today."
The 145th Heckington Show takes place on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday 29.
for more information log on to www.heckingtonshow.org.uk .