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Smithfield 2014

Primestock showing enthusiasts from across the UK will descend on the East of England Smithfield Festival this December, with some of the most prized silverware in the livestock industry up for grabs.

smithfield 2014

Primestock showing enthusiasts from across the UK will descend on the East of England Smithfield Festival this December, with some of the most prized silverware in the livestock industry up for grabs.

With livestock schedules for the event now available and entries being accepted event manager Kerry Buttriss says the organisers are once again expecting a bumper entry from the country’s top showmen.

This year’s East of England Smithfield Fesitval, which once again has Newark Livestock Market as the major cattle sponsor will once again see top drawer cattle and sheep on show in the primestock classes as well as the ever expanding pedigree calf shows.

“Primestock classes are once again at the core of the show, but there is no doubting the increasing popularity of the calf classes as breeders look to showcase the latest genetics available from their herds,” she added.

“This year’s show will feature pedigree calf classes for Aberdeen-Angus, Beef Shorthorn, Charolais, Limousin, Lincoln Red, Red Poll, Simmental, South Devon and Sussex cattle.”

In the primestock section it will be the turn of well known Welsh primestock and baby beef exhibitor Wendy Morgan of Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, to place the entries.

Mrs Morgan is a well known face on the commercial show cattle circuit having judged at Beef Expo last year and has also bred many show winners, including last year’s Countryside Live champion, the carcass champion at the English Winter Fair in 2012 and the steer champion at Brecon in 2012.

Across in the sheep rings Derbyshire-based farmer and butcher Matthew Prince is this year’s judge. Mr Prince runs a successful family butchers from his base at Highfield House Farm, Chesterfield, as well as breeding pedigree Texels, Beltex and Suffolks.

Both judges will be looking for animals suited to the modern butchers trade with that added extra showring sparkle.

Mrs Buttriss said she expected entries to be strong in all sections, with enquiries already being received from new exhibitors keen to showcase their stock at the UK’s most prestigious primestock event.

“There is no doubting the Smithfield titles are still the ones every primestock enthusiast wants to win.”

Alongside the live classes the event will once again host lamb carcass and beef ribs competitions to showcase the very best stock on the hook. “These classes continue to prove popular and are a great way for producers to demonstrate the quality of their livestock without the need to prepare them for the showring.”

Also returning again this year are the popular Young Stockpersons competition and the College Challenge, both of which are deigned to allow the next generation of farmers and stock people to showcase their skills, explained Mrs Buttriss.

“This year’s judge for the Stockpersons Challenge is well known British Blue and Simmental breeder Boomer Birch, while the beef section of the College Challenge will be judged by Hereford and Aberdeen-Angus breeder William Haire, while former Texel and Beltex breeder Neil Pamplin will judge the sheep section of the College Challenge,” she added.

“We are looking forward to building on the success of previous events and the early indications are that both livestock and trade stand numbers will increase again this year.

“We’ve already received confirmed bookings from a number of major trade exhibitors and have had many other enquiries too, including from potential sponsors.”

All enquiries about the event, including applications for trade stands, should be made through the East of England Agricultural Society’s Livestock office.


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