Ray Nield, show chairman of this year’s English Winter Fair livestock showcase, Stafford, (Nov 17-18) has applauded exhibitors young and old for an ’outstanding’ show of livestock and handling skills at last weekend’s event.
“I cannot let the 2012 show pass without offering my sincere thanks to all whom took part in the English Winter Fair.
“To see Bingley Hall busy with Young Farmers and handlers taking part in competitions, established exhibitors parading such excellent quality livestock and support from trade stands and sponsors was a very gratifying experience,” he said.
The true spirit of showing could not be more typified by exhibitor Gilbert Brooke of Alfrick, Worcs, with his Supreme cattle champion Roxy Rose that went on to make £7300 in the event’s Auction of Champions. “On behalf of the show committee I was delighted Mr Brooke offered the champion without reserve. It was a tremendous gesture of confidence not only in his champion but also of buyers’ support at the ringside.”
The auction drew buyers from across the Midlands and North with auctioneer Bagshaws reporting a sharp trade for cattle, sheep and pigs in both live and carcase sections.
“In the words of both the cattle and sheep judges they had quite a task picking out champions from classes that were dominated by so many top quality animals. It meant that often they had to take their time but they were determined to get the job done and done right,” he added.
With over 350 Young Farmers at the event competing in both NFYFC and Staffs YFC-organised competitions sponsorede by EBLEX - not to forget the Asda-sponsored Young Handlers and the Young Limousin Cattle Breeders’ Anglo Irish stock-judging classes - Mr Nield said it was reassuring to see there was still great interest in a future in farming.
“If the industry can capture and hold their enthusiasm, camaraderie and skill the industry will have a vibrant future,” he suggested.
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