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East of England Smithfield Festival Announces Judges for 2011

Further to last week’s announcement of their intention to work together to create a new winter stock event, the East of England Agricultural Society and the Royal Smithfield Club have now named the judges for this year’s event.

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East of England Winter Stock Festival

Judging this year’s beef classes will be commercial showman and breeder of pedigree Welsh Black cattle, Tecwyn Jones, Llanrwst, Conwy, Wales. Mr Jones is no stranger to the primestock show circuit and is known for exhibiting stylish cattle which have picked up various titles including a commercial championship at the Royal Welsh, two championships at Beef Expo, a championship at Agri-Expo and reserve champion and reserve heifer championships at Countryside Live.

Taking centre stage in the prime sheep classes will be John Hall, Inglewood Edge, Carlisle, Cumbria, who farms with his brother, Peter, and daughter, Joanne. Mr Hall, who runs Continental crossbred and Cheviot sheep is known for exhibiting Beltex, Texel and Rouge cross prime lambs.

His previous triumphs in the show ring include winning the East of England Winter Stock Festival last year as well as championships at many of the major Winter Fairs in the UK including Smithfield, the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, the Royal Highland Winter Fair and Countryside Live.

The organizers have also announced the official title for the new event, with the show christened as The East of England Smithfield Festival.

This new event, to be held at Peterborough Showground on 2 and 3 December this year, will see the show housed in the showground’s purpose built Exec exhibition centre, which will allow the event to move forward significantly.

Other classes to be confirmed for the 2011 event are new pedigree calf classes along with the Beef Ribs competition and RABI sheep classes.

Event manager Kerry Buttriss says: “We are incredibly excited to be holding this brand new winter primestock event and look forward to building on the foundations laid with the Royal Smithfield Club at last year’s Winter Stock Festival.”

All enquiries about the event should be made through the East of England Agricultural Society’s Livestock office.

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