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New Suffolk Show President is Announced

Acton farmer Stephen Cobbald has been appointed this years’ Show President and the Countess of Euston, the President-Elect. The announcement was made during the Annual General Meeting of the Suffolk Agricultural Association held at Trinity Park this week.

Mr Cobbald has attended the Show since he was 13 years old, stewarded for 35 years and has held various roles including deputy director twice, been a show committee and finance committee member and is a sponsor. He said the presidency was an honour that came ‘completely out of the blue.’ “This is the kind of thing that happens to other people. It is an honour to be doing something I feel passionate about and love doing,” he said.

Lord Deben, The Countess of Euston, Stephen Cobbald

Lord Deben, The Countess of Euston, Stephen Cobbald

“The Suffolk Show is a wonderful institution. Its strength is its independence and it draws its support from so many places and people. I envisage it will play an even greater role in the future.”

Mr Cobbald, who describes himself as an arable farmer who keeps sheep, also successfully shows his sheep. He has 250 crossbred commercial sheep and 35 Texels, the latter mainly to graze the strips of land he cannot farm. He has successfully shown both breeds up and down the country. At nine years old his father bought him Suffolk sheep which he bred and showed for 50 years and is a former chairman and president of the Suffolk Sheep Society.

During the 1960s he was enrolled in an agricultural programme for European students in Minnesota University, and had the opportunity later to take 30 Suffolks to Moscow from Britain to attend a two week agricultural trade fair. Unfortunately he had to spend two months with the stock in quarantine having travelled with them in the snow across Russia!

He is a former rugby player for Bury St Edmunds, with 11 years in the front row, and when he stopped playing rugby, he trained as a runner and ran the London Marathon twice in just over 3 hours and the Great North Run. He is still involved in the National Farmers Union (NFU) and has been a Suffolk delegate representing the county at national council.

The Cobbald family have farmed in Suffolk for more about 500 years and bought land at Acton Hall about a century ago, building a 4500 acre contract farming business of which 2300 acres Stephen still farms today. His sons also work in agriculture, one running a dairy herd of more than 1000 cattle in South Island, New Zealand, the oldest managing a 3500acre estate in Newmarket. His daughter Charlotte is studying at Ipswich High School but shows Texels and sheepdogs up and down the country.

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