Female farmers protest outdated menonly dinner at 100yearold livestock show

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He added that “ladies are really not bothered” and he would rather keep out of the “petty argument of it all”.However, women have spoken out, including Jessica Perry, a member of the Dartmouth Young Farmers Association.She said the ban was “outdated”, adding: “It would be nice if we could move with the 21st Century.”A former mayor of Dartmouth, Debbie Morris, said that she was still barred from the event even when she was mayor.She said it was an “old tradition”, explaining that a man had to attend in her place.Ms Morris added:  “They like to have a raucous evening. Perhaps they feel the ladies wouldn’t approve.”Farmer Chloe Quantick, a winner in two categories at this year’s show, added: “They need to stop being a bit sexist and let us in there, because we can have a good laugh just as much as men can, so in my opinion we should be allowed to go.” Female farmers have protested an ‘outdated’ rule that means they are excluded from a male-only awards dinner held for an 100-year-old farming show.The Dartmouth Fatstock is one of the biggest events in the farming calendar, at which farmers show off their prize cattle, sheep and poultry.However, women who compete at the event have asked for the awards to “get with the times” and allow them to attend the glitzy dinner.At the current competition, women and men are given prizes during an afternoon ceremony. However, the men’s awards are then presented for a second time at a hotel dinner. After Tuesday’s event, there were concerns over the “outdated” nature of the male-only dinner.Show chairman, Phil Bond, defended the evening event, adding that it was  “a tradition and how it has always been done”.However, this caused controversy and at least one farmer resigned from the show committee after a vote was held and it was decided that women continue to be excluded.Mr Bond told the BBC: “That’s the tradition, that’s the way it always has been done. I’ve got the support and the backing from the committee to carry on.”If in the future that changes as a democracy or as a vote within the committee that will carry on.”

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