Melton partnership continues to grow

Melton partnership continues to grow


The East of England Agricultural Society is delighted to welcome Melton Mowbray Market back to the Winter Stock Festival for 2019.

The ongoing partnership, now in its fifth year, places Melton Mowbray Market at the heart of the popular livestock show as official auctioneers and sponsors of the festival

2019 is a particularly special year, as Melton Market celebrates its 150th Anniversary of being situated at its current site as the epicentre of the local agricultural economy.

The market itself is thought to have begun over 1000 years ago in Anglo-Saxon times, and has continued almost without pause since then. In 1869, the local residents of Melton Mowbray became so fed up with scores of cattle, sheep, horses and pigs bringing the town’s streets to a standstill each week that the market was moved to a purpose-built site that was, (at the time) outside of the town, and at which the market still resides today. In the ensuing century-and-a-half, the town has enveloped the site, and hence Melton Mowbray Market is the largest town centre livestock market in the country.

The market is undergoing a period of investment and development for the future. In 2018, it introduced a £5.5 million state of the art cattle building, opened by the Princess Royal. It is fostering the development of a new food and drinks hub for the region, and has recently welcomed award-winning Round Corner Brewery onto site (lagers voted best in the world at the International Brewing Awards 2019) alongside other artisanal food and drink producers.

‘We are delighted to be welcoming back Melton Mowbray Market as auctioneers and sponsors for the fifth consecutive year,’ said Show Director, Kerry Buttriss. ‘The Winter Stock Festival has a great relationship with the team from Melton, and we are excited to work with them to deliver a successful auction of quality livestock at the show’.

The auctioneers swing into action on Friday 29th November with an afternoon of commercial sheep and pig sales.

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