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East of England Winter Stock Festival 2020 cancelled

East of England Winter Stock Festival 2020 cancelled

With summer show qualifiers to the Young Stock Person of the Year having not taken place and continued uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the East of England Agricultural Society has cancelled this year’s Winter Stock Festival.

The event has built a reputation for enabling farmers to show some of the finest of the UK’s primestock as well as educating a new generation of livestock enthusiasts – attracting students from many agricultural colleges to take part in The College Challenge won last year by Newton Rigg. However, faced with so many uncertainties the Society has regrettably decided to cancel the 2020 event.

“We are grateful to those businesses and individuals who have supported the event by providing sponsorship, taking trade stands and exhibiting livestock,” said Alison Queenborough, the Society’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are sad to make this decision and will be seeking ways to fulfil our commitment to education in this sector in the coming year.”

Winter Stock Festival Photos available now!

Winter Stock Festival Photos available now!

We had a fantastic time at the Winter Stock Festival this year and have some fantastic photos to prove it!

Thank you very much to Tim Scrivener for shooting some excellent photos, all which can be viewed and purchased from the link below…

Friday 29th September (Commercial Cattle. Commercial Lamb, Pigs, College Challenge)

Saturday 30th September (Breeding Ewe Lamb, Pedigree Calves, Young Stock Person of the Year)

A post-event press release will follow shortly

Cattle entries are now open

Cattle entries are now open


To enter the Winter Stock Festival please view the schedule here and entry forms below;

Commercial cattle entry form (yellow)

Pedigree Calf entry form (orange)

Front page exhibitor form which must be completed (white)



All the commercial cattle classes will be judged by Jason Wareham, of Heathfield, East Sussex, who is no stranger to the show ring and a regular supporter of the Winter Stock Festival. Jason is a well-respected livestock farmer, breeder and haulier, not forgetting his family farm shop, Tottingworth Farm Ltd.

The final cattle class on the Friday is the pedigree heifer sweepstake which was new to the show last year and proved to be really popular.

Opening the show on the Saturday for the cattle is the popular pedigree calf shows, classes and judges are as follows:

  • Aberdeen Angus, judged by Sophie Harvey, Balfron, Glasgow
  • Beef Shorthorn, judged by Caroline Ivinson, Penrith, Cumbria
  • Charolais, judged by Simon Key, Mundham, Norwich
  • Hereford, judged by Sophie Harvey, Balfron, Glasgow
  • Limousin, judged by Paul Walker, Hunnington, West Midlands
  • Lincoln Reds, judged by Richard Burton, Sibthorpe, Newark
  • Simmental, judged by Simon Key, Mundham, Norwich
  • Any Other Native, judged by Richard Burton, Sibthorpe, Newark
  • Any Other Continental judged by Paul Walker, Hunnington, West Midlands

The overall pedigree calf interbreed and group of three, the pinnacle of the show, will be judged by David Thornley, Hartshorne, Swadlincote.

Timeline for cattle;

  • Friday 29th November
    • 9:00am – judging of commercial cattle classes
    • 2:00pm – judging of baby beef cattle classes
    • 6:00pm – judging of pedigree heifer sweepstake
  • Saturday 30th November
    • 8:30am – judging of pedigree calf classes throughout the day
    • 2:30pm – judging of pedigree calf interbreed, followed by group of three

To request a schedule for the cattle classes at this year’s Winter Stock Festival and for more information about the event, email or call 01733 363510.

Its all about the Pigs!

Its all about the Pigs!

To kick off our second day of the Winter Stock Festival launch week, we take a look at the pig section.

As an established event in the livestock calendar, the commercial pig classes at the Winter Stock Festival are a go-to point for breeders, exhibitors and buyers.

Taking place on the Friday of the show, there are a range of butcher’s classes including modern, traditional, and cross bred sections for both singles and pairs. Championships and Supreme Championships follow the individual classes, with an award to the stockperson of the Champion pig being presented afterwards.
Pig young handler classes also take place on the Friday with judging covering handling, presentation and knowledge skills of the animal. Classes are for handlers aged less than 15 years and handlers aged 15-21 years on the day of the show.

The hotly contested commercial pig classes will this year be judged by Richard Taylor from Derbyshire. Richard, the Managing Director of Award-winning catering and retail butchers Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd Butchers has a wealth of experience, and looks forward to joining us this November.

Leading catering butcher Owen Taylor & Sons have been butchers since 1922 and are proud to supply both retail and catering customers across the East Midlands. Owen Taylor is a family owned business which strives to provide our valued customers with the finest quality produce, locally sourced, wherever possible.

Once the judging has been completed and the champions have been picked, our official show partners and auctioneers Melton Mowbray Market will sell the commercial pigs at 3pm. This is a great opportunity to purchase quality stock in preparation for the Christmas market.

• Friday 29th November
o 9.30 am – judging of commercial pig classes
o Followed by – pig young handler classes
o 3.00 pm – sale of commercial pigs

To request a schedule for the pig classes at this year’s Winter Stock Festival and for more information about the event, email, or call 01733 363510.

Newcomers and top quality lead the way at this year’s Winter Stock Festival

Newcomers and top quality lead the way at this year’s Winter Stock Festival

This year our East of England Winter Stock Festival, Peterborough, which took place on the 30th November and the 1st December, really did have it all.

There was quality stock across the cattle, sheep and pig sections with experienced judges making some tough decisions over the two days. To top it off buyers prepared to dig deep with Melton Mowbray Livestock Auctioneers to ensure they have some of the best produce on their shop counters this Christmas.

Supreme commercial cattle champion didn’t have far to travel, Phil and Sharon Sellers from Lincolnshire were tapped out first with their Limousin heifer Fancy That, which then went on to sell for £5,500 to Kitson Butchers, North Yorkshire.

Staying with the prime cattle the Baby Beef Champion which took place on the Saturday went to Alice Harrison aged only 16 with her Limousin cross Bootilicious. This was a fantastic achievement and it was her first ever visit to the Winter Stock Festival.

Leading the way with the commercial lamb classes and for the second year running the supreme champion went to Robert Garth and Sarah Priestley, North Yorkshire with their cross bred Beltex. Beltex then lead again with the lamb carcass championship going to the Geary Family. The hotly contested breeding ewe championship went to Graham Jackson, Bentham.

Over in the pig section under the watchful eye of judge Robert Bowring the modern pairs went to Kim Arden with their Landrace and Charles Bull taking reserve and supreme traditional pairs with his Berkshires. The crossbred and supreme pairs then went to Mark Wilson and his Pietrain/Saddleback.

Charles Bull with his Berkshire pair

Finally in the ever popular pedigree calf show we saw the interbreed title go to Judy and Bridget Borlase, Herefordshire with their Simmental calf Perrywood Jasmine. Then the group of three being handed to a team of British Blues from Kevin Ludgate, The Geary Family and Barwood and Padfield.

Alongside the busy livestock rings the tension was building for the youth competitions, Fridays College Challenge saw the first and second place go to Newton Rigg College, Cumbria and third place to Hartpury, Gloucestershire.

The grand final of the Young Stock Person of the Year in the beef section went to Norfolk based Anabelle Howell aged 17 and the sheep section to 15 year old Ryan Lee from Carmarthenshire.

Overall the event was a great success with traders, sponsors visitors and competitors all enjoying and embracing one of the final shows of the year. Full results can be found here

The 2019 event will take place on Friday 29th & Saturday 30th November.

Excitement builds for this year’s Winter Stock Festival

Excitement builds for this year’s Winter Stock Festival

Final preparations are underway and stalls are ready to welcome livestock for this year’s leading primestock event, the East of England Winter Stock Festival at Peterborough on Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December.

The show has again attracted bumper entries from across the country and is excited to see an increase in the commercial lamb classes whilst maintaining numbers across the rest of the pig and pedigree calf classes which covers over 10 different breeds.

The first day sees the judging and sale of the commercial cattle, lambs and pigs plus the judging of the lamb carcasses. Friday also welcomes the inter-college stock judging competition, the College Challenge which is always hotly contested.

Saturday sees the turn of the baby beef commercial classes then the pedigree stock with the ever popular calf shows. Over in the sheep rings the breeding ewe class takes place during the morning and is always a spectacle to watch. The Young Stock Person of the Year also takes place throughout the Saturday with the presentation and awards taking place just after lunch.

With the livestock pavilion packed with a wide range of trade stands offering visitors the chance to view the latest machinery, animal health, livestock equipment and associated stands this dedicated livestock event is one not to miss.

Ideally situated in the UK the Winter Stock Festival is FREE to enter and FREE to park all within the professional and purpose built facilities at the East of England Arena & Events Centre, Peterborough. 

Bumper entries make Young Stock Person of the Year the toughest yet!

Bumper entries make Young Stock Person of the Year the toughest yet!

The 2018 East of England Winter Stock Festival taking place on the 30th November and the 1st December looks set to host one of the most hotly contested youth competitions in the UK with over 45 budding young exhibitors heading to the Grand Final.

Sponsored by Dunbia, the Young Stock Person of the Year is a competition designed to encourage and recognize potential stock handlers from around the country. Split into two age groups intermediates aged 15- 17 years and seniors aged 18 – 21 years and with categories of beef or sheep.

Qualifying shows have already taken place throughout the summer at county and local level with qualified competitors being invited to the Grand Final.

Pic cap, 2017 Young Stock Winners 

Entrants this year will come under the watchful eye of Judges: lamb showmanship, Tom Hill; lamb questions, Ruby Wright; cattle showmanship, Helen Morgan; and finally cattle questions, Richard Burton. Their points from the stockmanship, handling skills and questions give the overall results placing and champion winners.

“We are really excited to be welcoming the YSPOTY competitors to this year’s Winter Stock Festival and can’t wait to find out who will be crowned as the 2018 champions. Our youth competitions are one of the most important parts of our event, with this and the College Challenge we enjoy engaging and educating the future of the industry” said William Haire, Festival Director

The Young Stock Person of the Year Final will take place on Saturday 1st December, with the final result presentation taking place after the sale of breeding ewe lambs and baby beef in the main ring.

Entries open for this year’s leading primestock show

Entries open for this year’s leading primestock show

Hot off the press the livestock schedule is OUT NOW for this year’s leading primestock show the Winter Stock Festival. Schedules can be downloaded here or contact the show office for one to be posted.

Taking place on Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December at the East of England Showground, Peterborough the show offers competitive classes across the two days for the following:


  • Pure bred beef
  • Cross bred beef
  • *Pedigree sweepstake
  • Baby beef
  • Pedigree calf show


*New for 2018



  • Novice class
  • Untrimmed class
  • Pure bred
  • RABI class
  • Cross bred
  • Breeding ewe
  • Lamb carcass
  • Young handlers



  • Pure bred modern
  • Pure bred traditional
  • Cross bred
  • Young handlers


Now in its 11th year the show is firmly established in the winter livestock show calendar and is well known for its relaxed atmosphere with friendly staff and stewards.

Official auctioneers Melton Mowbray Livestock Market will be conducting the sale and will be onsite to deal with all your animal movement processes and requirements.

The show as always offers catering for all exhibitors and guests alike and the onsite bar and evening entertainment is always a night to remember. So make sure you get your entries in soon.

Entries for this year’s show close on the Friday 26th October.

Buyers wishing to find out more please contact the official auctioneers Melton Mowbray Market

Trade Stand Bookings now OPEN

Trade Stand Bookings now OPEN

Offering tailored packages to suite every businesses need’s, the Winter Stock Festival trade stand bookings are now open to all.

This year sees a new layout in the livestock pavilion with the main cattle ring located in the centre of the hall giving stands better visibility and opportunities to connect with visitors.

Here are just a few reasons why you should attend this year;
· One of the leading livestock events in the country.
· Dedicated and specialised event attracting core visitors and exhibitors.
· Pre and post event promotion for your business, included in your booking.
· Modern facilities at an easily accessible location.
· Professional event team with a personal and friendly approach.

“Trade packs have been sent to previous exhibitors in the past couple of weeks and the initial interest has been very encouraging with spaces starting to fill. We are very excited to welcome existing and new businesses, charities, breed societies, farming and agricultural related stands” says William Haire, Festival Show Director.

To view the floor plan please click here and to download the application forms please click here. Email or call 01733 363510 for a pack to be posted.

Partnership deal secured with leading livestock market

Partnership deal secured with leading livestock market

The East of England Winter Stock Festival has this week secured its partnership with leading livestock auctioneers Melton Mowbray Market.

Now in its 4th year the partnership sees Melton Mowbray Market as the official auctioneers for the livestock sale and key sponsors of the cattle championships.

Melton Market is the largest town centre livestock market in the country and has been in existence for 1,000 years, predating the Domesday Book. The main market has been held on a Tuesday since at least 1324 when it was granted a charter by King Edward II. Recently the market welcomed Princess Royal to open their new £5.5m state of the art cattle building.

“We are delighted to continue our support for the Winter Stock Festival, providing sales and hospitality to so many existing and new customers and their fantastic animals” says Hugh Brown CEO of Melton Mowbray Market

As the relationship has grown between the market and the show there has been encouraging interest from new and existing buyers and exhibitors and I’m delighted that the team from Melton Market will be joining us again. We have built a great association with them and we are already planning the operations and delivery of the sale is handled in a smooth friendly and professional manner.” says William Haire Festival Director.

This year’s sale of livestock will takes place on Friday 30th with the prime animals then carcasses, breeding lambs, gilts and baby beef on Saturday 1st December. For more information and how to enter please contact the livestock office or phone 01733 234451