CREATIVE pupils were given an insight into a key part of farming as a reward for their artistic skills.

Year 3 children from Stamford Bridge Primary School visited Thompsons of York following the success of classmate Ellie Easton, who created the winning design for the company's Pets Around the World-themed competition during their pet show last year.

The show, which takes place again on August 2, opened up its art contest to youngsters, and eight-year-old Ellie obliged with her vibrant design of a parrot, using feathers and glitter to put her own stamp on the exotic bird.

Youngsters were shown around the animal feeding mill to raise awareness of British agriculture, and given an insight into where food comes from.

Sarah Ivinson, commercial manager at the Murton-based firm, said: "We really enjoyed showing children around the site.

"Representatives at Thompsons talked through the feed materials we use and how some of them are transported 5,000 miles from the source to the mill at Murton.

"Thompsons Animal Nutritionist also gave an insight into how to make animal diets healthy. "

Categories at this year's show at York Auction Centre range from Cutest Crossbreed to Champion Dog.