In­creased trade show ‘qual­ity’ of show­ground fair

Leek Post & Times - - FARMING & COUNTRYSIDE -

EN­TRIES for this year’s English Win­ter Fair at the Stafford­shire Show­ground were up by more than 10 per cent on last year’s event.

Numbers in­creased across the board with more than 300 cat­tle, 60 pigs and 240 pens of sheep reg­is­tered to com­pete.

At a packed Car­case Hall, judges had a busy two days with 15 farm­ers en­ter­ing whole car­cases and 23 sub­mit­ting qual­ity ribs of beef or sad­dles of lamb for the Royal Smith­field Club cat­e­gories.

Stafford­shire & Birm­ing­ham Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety chief ex­ec­u­tive Richard Wil­liams said: “The healthy in­crease in en­tries recog­nises the qual­ity and rep­u­ta­tion of the English Win­ter Fair.

“Some of the best live­stock breed­ers in the UK travel to this event so there is huge value in win­ning classes and cham­pi­onships.

Out­side the show ring visi­tors could see lead­ing butch­ers show­cas­ing fine prod­ucts such as sausages, ba­con and pies.

A Christ­mas Coun­try Fair was held in the Prest­wood Hall with an ar­ray of fes­tive prod­ucts de­signed to tempt those shop­ping for gifts.

A Here­ford bull ex­hib­ited by B Birch and G Brind­ley of We­ston

Win­ning tur­keys in the car­cass hall

Rose Tim­mis, seven, with a He­bidean sheep at the Rare Breeds Sur­vival Trust stand

Pigs ex­hib­ited by S&J Cou­p­land of Bradley

Young Farm­ers in stock­judg­ing ac­tion

Sheep ex­hib­ited by South Stafford­shire Col­lege

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