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Archive Article: 1997/12/05

5 December 1997

Primestock shows are as

much a part of Christmas as

cooking and shopping.

Theyre competitive but

theyre a lot of fun, too. FW

spent the day in West

Sussex at one of the earlier

ones, the South-Eastern

Prime Stock Winter Fayre…

The event, held at the South of England Showground, Ardingly, is now in its 129th year. But this was, say the organisers, the biggest and best ever. This was partly because, with no Smithfield this year, many of the people who traditionally made the trip to central London went to Ardingly instead.

The men (and women) in white coats… a quiet moment for a chat in the stock lines. Oh, and the back-end of a Belgian Blue, too.

A bird in the hand…but it wasnt just in the turkey and trussed chicken classes that Guido De Lellis took top honours – he also claimed the pig championship. Mr De Lellis is no stranger to getting among the prizes but, planning to retire shortly, it was certainly nice to have such a successful day here.

What its all about – silverware and smiles. Bruce and Jo Woodward picked up the supreme championship with Prince Naseem, their Limousin cross steer which went on to make £1000. If the animals anything like his namesake, the boxer, hes probably no stranger to the limelight. But in terms of p/kg, nothing could beat Jay and Peter Hunts 27-month-old Dexter steer which, at 410kg, made £1.46/kg. "People laughed when it went into the ring, said breed society field officer Di Smith. "But they werent laughing when they saw the price it made."

This pair of Suffolks, consigned by A B and J Long, made up the champion pen of lambs. Showing them off here are shepherd Matt Griffin and Hazel Metianu.

Doing the double…Nobby Bristow won the championship in the lamb and beef carcass classes. Neither were up for sale, but the second place cattle carcass, at 720kg, went for £864. A cut above the rest, you might say.

Primestock shows provide the chance to catch up with the news and make a pleasant diversion from the doom and gloom hanging over much of the industry at present.

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Archive Article: 1997/12/05

5 December 1997

With calf and staff, nine-year-old Luke Thomas from Launceston, Cornwall, won the childrens calf handling competition at last weeks Beef and Sheep South West at Shepton Mallet, Somerset. This was a busy day on the Royal Bath and West Showground. The champion live heifer, meanwhile, made 416.6p/kg (grossing £2000). And in the Yeovil Fatstock show, incorporated in this event, the champion steer went for 192p/kg (£1133).

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Archive Article: 1997/12/05

5 December 1997

THE humour is timeless in cartoonist John Tickners commemorative book*. Its all down to the eyes: The observant eye of a man steeped in equestrian and countryside matters and the expressive eyes of horses, dogs and humans which highlight comic situations across the world of horses and beyond.

*John Tickners Horse & Hound, J A Allen & Co (£7.95).

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Archive Article: 1997/12/05

5 December 1997

Wootton Trailers has beefed up its range of Loadmaster trailers. The use of 4mm plating for the floor and 3mm for the sides and extra strengthening struts is a move which the company hopes will make the trailers increasingly attractive to purchasers. The range includes 6t, 10t and 12t models all with sprung tandem axles and hydraulic braking. Price of an 8t version is £4562.

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