Entries for this year's historic National Primestock
Show and Sale, that will see the three key livestock species reunited
after the absence of live pig classes for over 20 years, are scheduled
to close on October 18 leaving producers just days to get applications
Neil Slack and Sparky the 2005 Supreme Champion
George Greaves, chairman of the annual show held at
Stafford County Showground on the weekend of November 18-19,
says reuniting the main farm species is a major step forward
in promoting British meat ahead of the season upsurge in demand. "It
presents a valuable opportunity in the calendar of winter primestock
shows where meat buyers can see the cream of all three species
competing in live classes and have the chance to buy award winners
from both live and carcass competitions in the event's auction
on the Sunday for their customers."
The reintroduction of live pig classes has been spear-headed
by pig breeders on the Primestock's organising committee and
backed by considerable help from the British Pig Association
Marcus Bates, BPA chief executive, applaudes the move: "Since
2002 over 1000 new specialist pig breeders have emerged and the
reintroduction of live classes presents a fantastic return to
the winter show scene when interest in traditional and native
breeds is growing among consumers."
Organisers expect to see upto 400 live cattle at this year's
event competing alongside 100 pens of live sheep and 60 pens
of pigs. Once again the Primestock will host its annual carcass
competitions showcasing the best of farming's three core species
- in addition to the traditional turkey classes - in the dedicated
on-site carcass hall.
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