A tremendous entry of quality cattle was forward at the Christmas Prime Stock Show, Colchester. The judge John Coleman, Boxted, Colchester, awarded the overall supreme championship to Bruce Woodward, Harleston for a Limousin x heifer weighing 594kg and selling at 425pkg – £2,524.50. The judge awarded the overall supreme reserve championship also to the same vendor for a Limousin steer purchased on behalf of Swanton Moreley Butchers, Swanton Moreley, Norfolk at 350pkg – £2,345.
Other notable prices include the best butchers beast under 550kg awarded to W A Ketley and Sons, Fingringhoe purchased by W Allen and Son Colchester at 335pkg – £1,809 and the Eric Stanion Memorial Trophy for the best home bred lightweight butchers beast the vendor being W A Ketley and Sons, Fingringhoe, purchased by Chas Bowers Butchers of Holland on Sea at 310pkg – £1,562.40.
In general, plenty of show cattle made over 250p/kg up to 300p/kg and many more could have been sold. The commercial cattle made probably the dearest trade yet.
The sheep show also a tremendous success with some good quality forward. The overall championship was awarded to Sylvia Rawlings for her homebred lambs weighing 44kg purchased by George Debman, Ipswich, Suffolk at £170.00 a head.