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Winter Stock Festival anniversary triumph

December 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News & Business

Exhibitors and visitors enjoyed a successful two days at last months’ Winter Stock Festival – with top quality commercial and pedigree livestock on show at the event. Held on 1-2 December, both days attracted a good crowd to the East of England Showground, Peterborough. As well as popular cattle and sheep classes, the event included pigs for the first time.

The festival has become renowned for youth competitions and once again welcomed many young people for the College Challenge and Young Stockperson of the Year final.

As the only dedicated livestock show in the eastern counties, the programme of seminars and host of trade stands also proved popular attractions.

Commenting on this year’s event, show director William Haire said: “The quality of commercial and pedigree stock presented was superb and the pig classes were an excellent addition to our tenth anniversary festival.

Major highlight

“The youth competitions were once again a major highlight, and the enthusiasm, knowledge and skill demonstrated by so many young individuals, fills me with confidence that our industry will be in safe hands in the future.”

Beth and Luke Wilkinson and John Smith Jackson took the commercial cattle supreme championship with Garned Model, a 14-month-old Limousin heifer. Reserve went to Andrew Bishop with home-bred British Blue cross heifer Might Bite.

John Smith Jackson also won the baby beef champion with home-bred Limousin heifer Dancing Queen, with Judy and Richard Fountain taking reserve with Jazzy Girl. Top prize in the sheep section went to Robert Garth with a Beltex pair of lambs. Reserve went to Andrew Bishop.

In the newly introduced pig section, K&B Arden from Peterborough took home both the supreme champion pair and supreme champion single pig.

Easton and Otley scooped the College Challenge title, while the final of Young Stock Person of the Year beef section was Thomas Martin from Norfolk.

For the full results, visit www.winterstockfestival.co.uk

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