The 98th Annual Show at Maidstone Auction Market at Detling saw a first in the show’s history with all three sections won by the same exhibitor – High Weald Academy Young Farmers’ Club, better known in the past as Angling School
Young Farmers’ Club.
Their roll of honour included the cattle champion with a 575 kg Limousin X heifer which sold for 359.5p a kg to E C Wilkes and Sons Butchers of Cranbrook.; a pair of 48kg Texel X lambs selling for £140 to E C Wilkes and Sons, Cranbrook and Carcases -23.9kg Beltex lamb selling for £110 to Anglo Dutch Meats at Charing.
In the cattle section, a solid trade representing premiums over commercial values with Gallagher Farms 640kg Angus X Steer selling at 231.5p per kg. The show reserve champion, also from Gallagher Farms, was the 660kg Belgian Blue X Steer selling for 224.5p per kg to Romford Halal Meats.
Simon Husk stood in late replacement for a judge and made quick work of judging the entries. James Bull’s 1st prize winning Texel X Lambs were reserve champion, selling for £85 to M B Farms with most of the lambs on offer selling at around 160p – 180p per kg.
An excellent quality entry but a slightly disappointing trade saw reserve champion going to show stalwart Les Stevens and Sons’ 2nd prize winning Texel which sold to local butcher, Roger Read for £108.
(Lambert & Foster)