Entries open for nation's top Christmas primestock show
Livestock schedules for this year's Smithfield Festival – the successor to the old Royal Smithfield Show – are now available and entries are being accepted.
This year's show will be held at the East of England Showground, at Alwalton, near Peterborough, on December 5 and 6 and will once again welcome exhibitors from across the UK and Ireland.
The first day will see the pure and crossbred beef classes taking place, with the Supreme Cattle Championship following on in the afternoon.
Alongside this will be the start of the sheep classes, plus judging of the lamb carcasses and beef ribs. Thursday also welcomes budding farmers in the inter-college stock-judging competition.
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The second day kicks off in the cattle rings with the baby beef classes, and the final of the Young Stock Person of the Year. The pedigree calf classes, comprising Aberdeen Angus, Beef Shorthorn, Charolais, Lincoln Red, Red Poll, South Devon and Simmentals, will be in a new pedigree-calf interbreed championship, judged by cattle breeder Danny Wyllie from Tamhorn, Staffordshire.
Ending the show, as always, will be the official sale of cattle, sheep, carcasses and ribs.
"We are looking forward to welcoming exhibitors old and new to the showground. We have some excellent judges and classes for all, a brilliant event for beef and sheep farmers to showcase their stock," said show manager Kerry Buttriss.
Outside the showing rings the main exhibition hall will be filled with trade stands from animal health, livestock markets, farm buildings, handling equipment to country clothing, books and gifts.
The closing date for entries is October 14.
For more information contact Kerry Buttriss, East of England Agricultural Society on 01733 234451 or email kbuttriss@eastof england.org.uk.