English Winter Fair: Young farmers complete for £600 stock-judging prize

Up to 180 Young Farmers Club members from 15 counties will be competing for a prize fund topping £600 in stock-judging competitions at this year’s inaugural English Winter Fair, Stafford, thanks to backing by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).

The new show sees exciting changes to competitive classes that take place on Sunday 16 November, explains Staffordshire YFC county organiser Julia Taylor. “For the first time Young Farmers will be able to judge all three classes of livestock – beef, pigs and sheep – in both the live ring and in the purpose-built Carcass Hall.

“It is a great way for members to test their skill at judging stock on the hoof and on the hook. Each team is given 10 minutes to assess stock and then two minutes to give reasons to the panel of judges for their choices. It promises to be fun,” adds Mrs Taylor.

All YFC members – whether competing or not – can get entry to the show free of charge on production of a current, valid membership card. Under 16 YFC members not competing must be accompanied by a fee-paying adult (£5 a head).


Entry to this year’s English Winter Fair, Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford, has been held at just £5 a adult thanks to a commitment from the organisers, the Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society.

Show chairman John Pattinson says there is a real desire to make the event a truly affordable family day out for the farming public. “We realise farm incomes are still feeling the pinch and want to welcome as many people as possible to the show. To do that organisers are holding entry fees at £5 a adult – the same as the past three years for our predecessor the National Primestock Show.

“As before all accompanied under 16s enter for free along with Young Farmers Club members who produce a valid, current membership card. Car parking is also free for visitors.”

The English Winter Fair is held at Staffordshire County Showground just three miles east from J14 of the M6 along the A518. Visitors coming from the east will find the event two miles east of Stafford on the A518 (sat nav postcode reference ST18 0BD).


Saturday, 15 November

  • Live cattle, sheep and pig classes start
  • Carcass competitions
  • Trade stands and cattle handling exhibits*
  • Christmas Fayre retail stalls*

Sunday, 16 November

  • Baby beef, cattle and pig championships
  • Pork products competition
  • YFC stockjudging competitions
  • Auction of carcasses (2pm) and live champions

* Both days

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