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.

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