- Supporting the next generation

Last week Mole Valley Farmers ( launched its first Young Handlers Series, where children aged 12 and under on 1 January 2017, will compete for the prestigious Mole Valley Farmer cups in Dairy, Beef and Sheep categories. 

By popular demand one final date has been added to the series – Camelford Show.

Young handlers entering classes at the participating shows, (Liskeard Show 8 July, Woolsery Show 31 July, Launceston Show 27 July, North Devon Show 2 August, Camelford Show 9 August, Okehampton Show 10 August and Holsworthy & Stratton Show 24 August), will automatically be entered into the Series. 

Points will accumulate throughout the season - first prize = 3 points; second = 2 points; third = 1 point.  At the final show, Holsworthy & Stratton, there will be a special presentation to the children with the top three marks in each class, with winners receiving a cup, sash, plus £100 of Mole Valley Farmers vouchers; £50 for second place, and £25 for third place.

The series is the brainchild of Phoebe Downton and Gemma Smale-Rowland, who are both based at Mole Valley Farmers’ Holsworthy store.  Gemma explains:

 “The list of 2017 shows eligible for scoring is now closed.  We are looking forward to our first Young Handler Series and are keen to involve as many children as possible”.

To find out more about the Series, please go to

Mole Valley Farmers will be sharing pictures and diaries from its four young Ambassador handlers (Jess Hart, Harriet and Jack Moon and Matthew Rowland) throughout the season, via the monthly Mole Valley Farmers Newsletter, website, Facebook and Twitter.

Notes to Editors


For all press enquiries please contact Julie Edwards, Head of Agricultural Affairs and Corporate Communications on 01769 573431 or [email protected]


Mole Valley Farmers was started in 1960 by a small group of farmers in South Molton, North Devon. Today, there are nearly 8,500 Farmer Shareholders and 20,000 Country Members. It is a significant employer particularly in South West England, with a turnover in excess of £426 million.

Mole Valley Farmers trades as a cooperative, it has strong values in respect of the farming community and derives a meaningful income from rural retailing. Over the years the company has grown and developed its businesses, which now consist of:

  • 9  Mole Valley Farmers retail locations in the South West
  • Mole Valley Forage Services
  • Mole Energy 
  • MoleCare Veterinary Services
  • Mole Valley Farmers Online 
  • Mole Valley Feed Solutions which includes –
    • 7 Ruminant feed mills
    • A network of feed blending facilities
    • A mineral and supplement plant
  • 37 Mole Country Stores
  • Farm buildings and fabrication
  • Bridgman’s agricultural supplies
  • Cox & Robinson agricultural supplies