Joy at show as beef ban is scrapped

27 November 1998

Joy at show as beef ban is scrapped

NEWS of the beef export bans lifting made this weeks National Primestock show one to remember for the 8000 visitors.

"A general feeling of elation," is how auctioneer Tony Winterton described the mood at Bingley Hall, Stafford. The scrapping of the ban should also lift domestic consumption by raising confidence, he says, coinciding with the pre-Christmas rise in demand.

Scooping the supreme championship at the two-day event was Muppet, a Belgian Blue cross Limousin from Joe Gilbert, Arley, Coventry.

For Mr Gilbert, a 20-year veteran of the event, this marks his first supreme champion at the National. Its also his biggest showing success since winning Smithfield supreme in 1986. "Weve stuck at it when times were good and times were bad," he said.

The animal was home bred from the farms 80-head suckler herd. "He was a good calf that looked good all the way through. He had good hips and a good back end – which is what the trade wants."

The 13-month-old, 515kg beast made £1597 to Cheadle, Staffs, buyer John Heath.

Top price, however, was the £2252 paid for Stafford-based Brian Wilsons Limousin. "A lovely little heifer," according to the auctioneers. In the sheep section, the champion pair – two Beltex ewe lambs from &#42 S Frazier & Son, Kidderminster – made £280 apiece.

The event attracted 360 entries in the beef classes and 70 in the live sheep section, according to show secretary Kate Tomlinson. The atmosphere on Monday, as news of the Brussels decision filtered through, was "superb". &#42

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