It’s all about ewe!    

It’s all about ewe!    

It’s day 3 of our official Winter Stock Festival launch week and now is the turn of the sheep.

The sheep section has seen a real boost in numbers over the past few years and we really hope to build on this for the future. Here is what’s on offer:

Friday sees the commercial lamb section which includes classes for novices, untrimmed, pure breeds, cross breeds and the overall lamb championship. We also have a charity lamb class for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) which is always well supported.

The commercial lamb classes will all come under the watchful eye of judge Andrew Atkinson, from Felliscliffe near Harrogate. Livestock farmer Andrew has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the industry and has the difficult task of finding the champion.

Similar to the pig section, the Friday afternoon leads into the sheep auction from official auctioneers, Melton Mowbray Market.

Moving into Saturday, the popular breeding ewe classes are first on the agenda, with classes for pure, cross, continentals and natives, which are to be judged by pedigree Charollais breeder Charles Marwood. A renowned award-winning farmer, Charles runs his Foulrice flock at Whenby, York which comprises of 500+ pedigree Charollais ewes and commercial ram sales business.

The breeding ewe classes then move onto the North of England Mule (NEMSA) single and pairs classes these are judged by experienced and balanced sheep breeder Graham Taylor from Appleby, Cumbria.

“The breeding ewe section has become really popular – especially the NEMSA classes. We have some more exciting announcements on this, with extra support and funds for exhibitors.” – Show Manager Kerry Buttriss.

Timeline for sheep

  • Friday 29th November
    • 9:30 am – judging of commercial lamb classes
    • 3 pm – sale of commercial pigs followed by sheep auction
  • Saturday 30th November
    • 9 am – judging of breeding ewe classes

To request a schedule for the sheep classes at this year’s Winter Stock Festival and for more information about the event, email kerry@eastofengland.org.uk or call 01733 363510.

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