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Archive Article: 1996/12/13

13 December 1996

With Smithfield over, the Welsh Winter Fair is the next date circled in the calendar for many farmers…

Sharing a joke are Winter Fair president Bengy Carey-Evans (left) and Norman Coward, agricultural director of Midland Bank.

The beef industry may have been in crisis this year, but you wouldnt have guessed watching the supreme champion being sold at this event at Builth Wells, Powys. Veteran exhibitor Derek Winney (second right) made £10,000 when his Limousin cross steer, Buster, was snapped up by judge Chris Gibbons.

Not as black and white as it may look… picking champions is never easy when such high quality stock is on parade.

Auctioneer Julian Gallimore of Russell Baldwin and Bright takes bids for the lamb carcasses. The champion, Robin Slades 20kg Dutch Texel cross grading E3L, made £320.

Among the pigs, it was a pair of heavy Cotswolds from Usk Open Prison and Young Offenders Institution that took the top honours. At 117kg apiece, the pair made £220.

Taking the top spot in the sheep section was this pair of Texels from Andrew Draper. They were widely admired ringside, too, with bidding going to £420 apiece – well worth the journey from Mayfield, East Sussex.

Smiles, too, but unfortunately no buyer for this one. Sixteen-year-old Teleri Jenkins picked up the YFC calf rearing prize, with her 302kg Belgian Blue x Limousin. Pepsi was withdrawn at £550 and now looks set to reappear on the summer show circuit.

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Archive Article: 1996/12/13

13 December 1996

Livestock farmer, Frank Page from Yelvertoft, Northants took top honours at this weeks Rugby Christmas primestock show with his Belgian Blue cross heifer, Gina Gee – his fourth supreme champion in 20 years. He also scooped the reserve title, with Holly Hot Lips (right).

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Archive Article: 1996/12/13

13 December 1996

Harrods butcher Victor McKean lays out the prime Scottish beef in the London stores food hall, ready for the Christmas rush. Hanging in the display cabinet behind is a hind quarter from this years Scottish Winter Fair champion – the Limousin cross heifer, Alanis, from Bertie Paton, Kirriemuir. Beef prices ground to a halt this week with many butchers now stocked up for Christmas and intervention buying relatively muted after disappointing tender results in Brussels.

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Archive Article: 1996/12/13

13 December 1996

Below: John and Barbara Leadbeater with their champion lambs at Banburys Christmas stock show last week. From their farm at Daventry, two of the winning pen made 379p/kg, grossing £150 each. Right: This pair of lamb carcasses from Phillip Houldey went for 360p/kg, or £90 apiece. Elsewhere in Banbury Stockyard, judges Ewen MacPherson and John Dawkins were awarding first prize in the cattle class to a steer from Andrew Phillips of Milton Keynes. At 430p/kg, the beast found a buyer at £2343. Not forgetting pigs, the champion pair of which sold for 140p/kg (£91). They came from Richard Ivory, Hemel Hempstead.

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