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Timetable for this years Winter Stock Festival

Timetable for this years Winter Stock Festival

Thinking of visiting this years Winter Stock Festival? Pick your day with the timetable below (Although there is nothing to stop you coming on both days!).

We won’t know which calves will be shown in which ring until entries close.

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Record number of classes for 2017 Winter Stock Festival

Record number of classes for 2017 Winter Stock Festival

11 October 2017

East of England Winter Stock Festival has announced a host of new classes for its 2017 event, including the addition of a pig section for the very first time.

Taking place on a later date of Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, Festival Show Director William Haire says the 2017 festival is set to be the finale of the showing season.

“We’re very excited about the introduction of 25 new pig classes to our existing line up of 120 cattle classes and 38 classes for sheep, and are looking forward to once again, welcoming an excellent showcase of commercial and pedigree livestock.

“Last year, we attracted over 450 entries and following the addition of new classes and some revisions to improve the sheep schedule, we hope to attract exhibitors old and new to the 2017 festival,” says William.

He explains that the changes form part of their objective to extend the events offering to both current livestock producers, as well as the wider industry.

“We’re working hard to develop the festival to cater for the needs of the wider agricultural industry. Alongside new livestock classes, the 2017 festival will feature a dedicated trade stand area, as well as a range of seminars and demonstrations, with some top experts secured to deliver the latest thinking in agriculture,” concludes William.

The deadline for livestock entries closes on 3rd November, with schedules and entry forms available to download online at or from the show office.


Schedules are in the post!

Schedules are in the post!

Out 2017 Schedules are on the way to past exhibitors! If you have entered the competition over the last 4 years a copy will be on its way to you. As will the copies to anyone that has requested them over the past few weeks.

If you would like to request a schedule, please contact Ruth or William at or call 01733 234451.

Schedules are released online!

Schedules are released online!

Entries are now open as the Winter Stock Festival schedules are released online!

Visit to take a look at the Schedule and download the entry forms.

Hard copies will arrive back from the printers next week and will be through your postboxes shortly afterwards. Hard copies will be sent to those that have entered the Show within the last 3 years, to request a copy of the schedule email or call 01733 234451

Special Accommodation offers for Winter Stock Festival 2017

Special Accommodation offers for Winter Stock Festival 2017

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As the official travel partner for Winter Stock Festival, Field Farm Tours have secured hotel space to support exhibitors and visitors to the event. Take a look at the offers here

All that is required at this early stage is a deposit of £25.00 per room and the signed booking form, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival. Please read through our booking conditions carefully.

The offer and booking forms are available to download on our website

If you have any queries or are struggling to open the attached file then please do not hesitate to contact the office on the details below


Frankee Baines, Field Farm Tours Ltd, Field House, 3 Stephenson Court, Stephenson Way, Newark, Notts, NG24 2TQ

Tel:  01636 616060   Direct: 01636 616051   Fax: 01636 640282

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.

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