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Deadline Approaches For Historic Winter Primestock Event

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 submitted.

Neil Slack and Sparky the 2005 Supreme Champion

National Primestock Show and Sale

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 (BPA).

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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