Increased trade show ‘quality’ of showground fair
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