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THE Royal Show will go ahead this July even if it has to be without the animals that have made it world-famous, officials declared today.

The announcement came in the wake of the cancellation of a major agricultural show at the Warwickshire site of the Royal Show.

It was revealed yesterday that the National Rare Breeds Show would not be going ahead for the second year running at the National Agricultural Centre because of strict on-going foot and mouth regulations.

But bosses from the Royal Agricultural Society of England have pledged that the Royal Show, cancelled last year because of the foot and mouth crisis, would run from July 1 to July 4 - even if it was without the livestock.

One of the stumbling blocks for the Rare Breeds organisers was a regulation that no livestock should be on the site 28 days before or after the event.

A spokesman for the Royal Show said it was able to go ahead because it was adopting special bio-security measures.

"At the moment we are still not sure of the exact legislation but it will involve cattle and sheep using separate entrances, and visitors using special entrances," he said.

"Disinfectant maybe used and everything will be controlled to government regulations."

The spokesman added that even if livestock could not be entered, the show would still go ahead.

"At the moment livestock are still coming to the show. But if it does prove problematical the show will go ahead because there are plenty of other exhibits besides livestock.

"The 28-day isolation rule causes problems, but I think farmers are organising themselves so they can go to the bigger shows," he added.

Richard Lutwyche, marketing director of the Rare Breeds Show, said: "There are some 40 pages of rules and regulations, mostly aimed at markets which operate every day.

"But for us to comply with them for an event which is only held for two- days once a year is impossible."

The Rare Breeds Show usually takes place early in September.
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Date:Apr 18, 2002
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