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Judges for Winter Stock Festival 2017

Judges for Winter Stock Festival 2017

We are pleased to announce our judging line up for the 2017 Winter Stock Festival. All of this will be confirmed in our Schedule which is due out Early-Mid September.

Please note there are sections running in which we have not mentioned Judges names as we are waiting to see how entries go before finding a judge.



Name of Judge


Commercial Cattle Colin Phillips
Commercial Pigs Rodney Philips
Commercial Sheep and lamb carcasses Tom Elliott
Breeding Sheep – Continental Carroll Barber
Breeding Sheep – Mules Randall Rayne
Breeding Sheep – Native Alison Halcrow
College Challenge – Beef Bridget Borlase
College Challenge – Gilts Tony Schofield
College Challenge – Lamb Carcass Matt Prince
College Challenge – Lambs Shaun Barron
Pedigree Calves – Aberdeen Angus David Evans
Pedigree Calves – Charolais Harvey R Wood
Pedigree Calves – Herefords Kris Stevenson
Pedigree Calves – Interbreed classes Dan Bull
Pedigree Calves – Limousin TBC
Pedigree Calves – Lincoln Red Lynda Burditt
Pedigree Calves – Red Poll Helen Arthan
Pedigree Calves – Shorthorn James Porter
Pedigree Calves – Simmental Vicky Wood
Pedigree Calves – South Devon TBC
Young Stock Person- Cattle Questions Gayle Beresy
Young Stockerson – Lamb showmanship Jean Ritchie
Young Stockperson – Cattle showmanship Ruth Perry
Young Stockperson – Lamb questions Laura Stephen
Winter Stock Festival to Celebrate its Tenth Year

Winter Stock Festival to Celebrate its Tenth Year

Press Release 

2nd August 2017

Returning for its tenth year, the 2017 East of England Winter Stock Festival will take place on a new date of Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December.

Held at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, the festival showcases the very best of commercial and pedigree livestock, along with the latest trends and technologies in agriculture.

“The 2017 Winter Stock Festival will build upon its previous success to deliver a modern event, that caters for everyone with an interest in livestock production,” says William Haire, Festival Show Director.

“Along with a 120 cattle classes and 38 sheep classes, we are delighted to announce the new addition of 25 classes for pigs, and can confirm an excellent line-up of judges.”

Colin Phillips, highly respected stockman and renowned judge, will lead the commercial cattle judging. Mr Phillips, who farms in Herefordshire, has achieved great success in the showring and has judged at many of the country’s leading agricultural shows.

Commercial sheep will be judged by Tom Elliot, of Elliot’s Butchers and Delicatessens, in Northamptonshire. He brings experience as both a farmer and a butcher, giving him an invaluable combination of market insight and commercial understanding.

With the introduction of pig classes for the first time, Rodney Philips joins the line-up as commercial pig judge. As a wholesale butcher, Mr Philips brings a wealth of knowledge on market demands, putting him in good stead to judge the new classes.

As part of the Winter Stock Festival’s commitment to helping the industry respond to challenges through collaboration and innovation, the 2017 event will also feature an expanding area dedicated to knowledge exchange. Welcoming some of the industry’s top experts, this area will include seminars and demonstrations, as well as trade exhibits.

Also firmly established in the festival’s programme is the highly coveted College Challenge and Young Stockperson of the Year competitions. Both competitions have become hugely popular since they were first introduced in 2011, with a record 30 teams competing in last year’s College Challenge.


“Preparations are well underway for this year’s festival and with multiple new attractions, 2017 promises to deliver the best event yet,” says Mr Haire.

“We look forward to bringing together the industry to celebrate the best of British livestock, as well as to share knowledge and innovations, which is particularly important in a post Brexit era,” he concludes.

Further event details, including trade stand applications, are available online at

Notes to editors:

Organised by the East of England Agricultural Society, Winter Stock Festival is a premier show, featuring the very best in commercial and pedigree livestock from across the UK.

Taking place on the 1st and 2nd December 2017 at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, the Winter Stock Festival includes classes for cattle, sheep and pigs, as well as dedicated a programme of competitions for young people in agriculture, including the final of Young Stockperson of the Year and the College Challenge.

The event, which is free for visitors to attend, also features a dedicated trade stand area and a programme of topical seminars and demonstration.

For more information, please go to

Issued by: Rebecca Morgan, Pinstone Communications, e-mail:, t: 01568 617663


Schedule Requests

Schedule Requests

We are beginning to get a number requests for Schedules for our 2017 show. We are hoping to have the schedule ready for the beginning of September, and will send a hard copy to anyone that has entered in the past 3 years.

If you would like us to add your name to the mailing list, please email your name and address to

There will also be a PDF copy uploaded to this website and we are also hoping maintenance will be complete on our online system to enable us to take online entries.

In the meantime if you have any queries about the show. please email or call 01733 234451 and select 2 to get through to the Agriculture team.

East Of England Agricultural Society & Royal Smithfield Club Part Ways

East Of England Agricultural Society & Royal Smithfield Club Part Ways

6 February 2017


East of England Agricultural Society and Royal Smithfield Club agree to separate

The East of England Agricultural Society and the Royal Smithfield Club have agreed amicably to end their joint involvement in the East of England Agricultural Society’s Smithfield Festival after seven years of collaboration. As a result, the Society will run its own East of England Winter Primestock Festival in late November 2017; while the Club will pursue other initiatives.

Since the start of the joint venture there has been a successful revival of the leading primestock show in the East of England, however both parties agree it is now time to refocus activities for each charity.

“The Society remains committed to providing a quality primestock event which will not only provide a strong competitive element for livestock producers, but will also enable us to fulfil our charitable objectives,” said William Haire, Agricultural Development Manager at the Society.

“We will support education through such initiatives as our College Challenge and at the same time cater for a broader range of stockmen through our knowledge transfer initiative – Stocktech.”

“We have enjoyed working with the Society, however, the Royal Smithfield Club has a broad remit that extends from the breeding of all classes of livestock through to delivering public benefit to the consumer,” said Geoff Burgess, the Club’s Honorary Secretary. “It is clear that the East of England Agricultural Society now has the resources and expertise to run a successful primestock event; which frees the Club to develop other initiatives.



Further information
William Haire, East of England Agricultural Society

01733 363503          07748 778 410      

Geoff Burgess, Royal Smithfield Club

07702 050119