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 Pepsi was withdrawn at £550 and now looks set to reappear on the summer show circuit.