Dr Rhys Jones at Royal Welsh Show 2012 - Day three

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Dr Rhys Jones, co-presenter of Royal Welsh Show highlights on BBC Two Wales, blogs specially for BBC Wales Nature this week.

It's simply been the hottest Royal Welsh Show I can ever remember! Standing up to two hours at a time in a show ring can really take its toll on your energy.

Main show ring at the Royal Welsh Show

It's an early start for all of us, most of us starting out at 6am or even before and some days we recorded late into the night.

It's all been worth it, though, with some really lovely stories and fantastic contributors making the Royal Welsh Show what it is.

Rhys talks to a handler

I got the chance to work alongside the young handlers today: utterly amazing. They didn't complain once as the heat of the midday sun beat down relentlessly on the field of competitors.

I showed a Balwen lamb in the sheep ring last year and it's not as easy as it looks, yet these young handlers worked their sheep like pros. Hats off boys and girls, I was mightily impressed. Another fantastic day spent with talented people and stunning animals!

Why would you want to be anywhere else?

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