They may be only three, but twins Molly and Edward Smith already know how to lead a calf around a show ring - and wow the crowds.

On day two of the Suffolk Show, the pair had their parents and grandparents in tears as they celebrated their third birthday by proudly showing their Holstein calves, Lucy and Tina, around the cattle ring.

They were accompanied by proud dairy farmer dad John Smith, of Smith Farms Clacton at St Osyth and grandad Philip while mum Katie and grandma Christine looked on.

East Anglian Daily Times: Even after Tina slipped Philip's hold, upending Edward, the youngster quickly recovered himself and continued to lead her with composure.

East Anglian Daily Times: Katie said that Molly trained enthusiastically for the event, while Edward was already a young dairy farmer in the making.

They were competing in the Holstein Young Breeders Calf Show for the first time alongside sister Maddie, five, and cousins Ronnie and Harriet.

East Anglian Daily Times: Dad John was already over the moon after winning the overall supreme interbreed dairy animal title on day one of the show with his Holstein cow Wigoboro Outlay Beechnut.

"They love it," said proud mum Katie. "Molly is so determined and she has been wanting to practise all the time - as has Maddie.

"Edward is a little bit more interested in the tractors but he has enjoyed it. They have enjoyed the lead-up."

She added: "Edward is literally like a mini-dairy farmer. He's just obsessed. He wants to get stuck in - he has been in there feeding the calves - he just wants to be involved. Molly is just a little sasspot."

East Anglian Daily Times: The whole family stayed on the showground the night before the big event, ready to enter the ring early the next day.

The day brought back happy memories for John, who competed as a small child at the Suffolk Show along with his four siblings. His birthday is on June 2 so it often coincided with the show too.

"We have been through all of this," he said. "I'm very proud. Mum and dad are quite proud grandparents."

John will be heading on to compete at the South of England and the Yorkshire shows with a pared down number of animals.  

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