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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

Qualifiers extended for National Young Handlers Competition

Qualifiers extended for National Young Handlers Competition

The East of England Winter Stock Festival is excited to announce new qualifiers for its coveted title the Young Stock Person of The Year.

Covering a range of regions across the UK the competition has now added Surrey County, Royal Bath & West, Royal Three Counties and Westmorland to the existing list of 16 regional and county shows.

With sections for both beef and sheep young handlers the competition is open to handlers aged between 15 years and 21 years on the day of the qualifying show.

Once qualified, competitors are then invited to participate in the Grand Final at the East of England Winter Stock Festival on the 1st December 2018, East of England Showground, Peterborough. This prestigious Grand Final showcases the fantastic talents of the Young Stock Handlers and gives them an opportunity to show their skills in the main ring.

The whole day is designed to give young people knowledge and insight in the livestock industry but it also gives them the chance to gain experience from the other stockmen and women and to engage with the events primestock competitions, auction and activities which takes places over the 2 days.

“The Young Stock Person competition it’s one of our favourite events, it touches on our core objectives of education and its brilliant to see the handlers in the show ring gaining experience for the future.”

“Securing the new qualifiers this year is great and we are grateful to all the show societies who are able to host these for us. It’s a fun and friendly way to meet new people and expand your knowledge in the industry,” says William Haire Festival Show Director.

This year’s qualifiers start on the 12th May with both Nottingham County Show and Ayr County Show taking place, more information of all the other dates and further information on the competition can be found here.

Winter Stock Festival tenth anniversary triumph

Winter Stock Festival tenth anniversary triumph

A fantastic couple of days have been enjoyed by exhibitors and visitors of the tenth annual Winter Stock Festival which was held on the 1st and 2nd December at the East of England Showground, Peterborough.

Both days attracted an excellent crowd, with top quality commercial and pedigree cattle and sheep on show, as well as pigs, which were introduced to the event this year.

In addition to its popular livestock classes, the festival has become renowned for youth competitions and once again welcomed many enthusiastic young individuals for the hotly contested College Challenge and Young Stockperson of the Year final.

Pic cap: College Challenge Students

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

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

John Smith Jackson was also in the prizes on day two, and won the baby beef champion with home-bred Limousin heifer Dancing Queen, with Judy and Richard Fountain taking reserve with Jazzy Girl.

The top prize in the sheep section went to Robert Garth with a Beltex pair of lambs, with reserve going to Andrew Bishop.

Pic cap: Robert Garth

Reigning supreme in the newly introduced pig section was K and B Arden from Peterborough, who took home both the supreme champion pair and supreme champion single pig.

The final of Young Stock Person of the Year took centre stage on day two, with some of the country’s top young handlers going head-to-head.

Winning the Young Stock Person of the Year beef section was Thomas Martin from Norfolk, and Chelsea Bennett from Stafford took first place in the lamb competition.

Day two also saw an impressive display of pedigree stock take to the ring in the pedigree calf show. The interbreed pedigree calf championship was awarded to Meadowbrook Flossie, an Aberdeen Angus heifer from Mark Haistead, Norwich. In the interbreed group of three, it was the Lincoln Red’s that caught the judges eye and were awarded the prestigious Duke of Gloucester trophy.

Pic cap: Mark Haistead and family plus sponsor Charles Horrell and judge Dan Bull

“We would like to thank this year’s exhibitors and sponsors for their support and look forward to seeing them again at next year’s festival, which will be held on Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December 2018,” concludes William.