The weekend of the 18th and 19th of November saw this years’ Winter Fair take place with increased attendance and trade stands inside and outside. As is always the case the English Winter Fair attracted excellent quality entries but numbers were slightly down in the live cattle due to the removal of the TB dispensation enjoyed last year. However this did not diminish the quality forward making sure that the judges in all sections had their work cut out.
The auction was conducted on the Sunday afternoon by Bagshaws at 1:15pm with the live pigs and carcass hall starting together and concluding with the live cattle at 3:30pm.
Supreme Champion in the live cattle went to Gwyn of Edwards Brothers and Mike Rowlands of Corwen for “Queen B” a crossbred Limousin heifer weighing 605kg and selling at a fantastic £7,500 (£12.40/kg) to Matthew Morris of J Morris Butchers of South Kilworth, Lutterworth.
The live sheep also returned an excellent result for a pair of Beltex Wether lambs weighing 40.5kg from R Garth of Bentham, and selling at £505 each (£12.41/kg) to the butcher judge, Mr Jonathan Maycock, The Village Butchers, Holloway, Matlock.
The champion pair in the live pigs was consigned by M Horsley of Skirpenbeck and realised £200 each (£2.56/kg) selling to Robert Bowring of RC & Bowring from Sookholme, Mansfield.
Live Pigs (39) – Auctioneer Oliver Hiles
A slightly reduced number from last year was offered and saw the champion pair from M Horsley of Skirpenbeck sell at £2.16/kg (£200) to RC & L Bowring from Sookholme, Mansfield. Reserve champions from Mrs S & Miss E Ashcroft of Longsworth realised £145 (£1.60/kg) selling to Lee Machin for Manifold Valley Meats, Grindon, Leek.
Overall average £1.20/kg and £95/head.
Carcass Hall – Auctioneer Peter Oven
The carcass hall had again been improved and provided better space for displaying the poultry as well as the Smithfield classes for the ribs of beef and saddle of lamb.
An overall average of £3.39/kg (£1,166 /head) which saw the champion from Trevor & Jonathan Lyons from Bourne, weighing 387kg selling at £4.40/kg (£1,705) to RC & L Bowring of Mansfield. Reserve champion from Frank Page of Elkington weighing a lighter 338kg sold at £4.45/kg to Rob Stafford Ltd from Mickleover.
An increased entry saw the champion from B Blandford & Sons of Ledbury weighing at 27kg sell at £6/kg (£162) to Lee Machin for Manifold Valley Meats, Grindon. Reserve champion from G Weaver, Malvern weighing 24.4kg again sold to Lee Machin. Overall average £4.10/kg (£94.58/head).
A similar number forward saw the champion from M Horsley of Skirpenbeck weighing at 82kg sell at £3.80/kg (£311) to Lee Machin of Manifold Valley Meats. The reserve champion was also purchased for Manifold Valley Meats realising £3/kg (£242) and consigned by JA Evans, Baskerville Farm, Standon.
Turkeys & Geese (51)
An increased entry for the new display area saw the champion from G R Beaman of Earlington to realise £75 £9.87/kg) and selling to John Salt for Horsley Lodge Golf Course. The reserve champion from R Butler of Calow sold at £55 (£3.20/kg) to BL Burton farms Ltd.
First prize in the geese was consigned by Bretby Geese of Bretby and realised £60 (£6.25/kg) selling to Country House Meats of Oswaldthistle.
Smithfield; Saddle of Lamb & Ribs of Beef
This was a new venture for this year and was a great addition to the carcass hall. Some of the saddles and ribs were sold at the auction with a top price of £50 for the saddle of lamb consigned by Messrs Greenfield of Twycross and purchased by W Taylor Butchers of Ashby de la Zouch. The champion saddle was consigned by M & A Hadfield & Sons selling at £45 to Horsley Lodge Golf Course who also purchased the champion ribs of beef from IR & AD Wildgoose & Sons of Scarcliffe at £120.
Live Lambs (91) Auctioneer Malcolm Gale
An increase on numbers forward this year yet again saw the champion pair come from R Garth of Bentham. The pair of Beltex Wether lambs weighing 40.5kg eventually sold to the judge, Mr Jonathan Maycock for the Village Butchers, Holloway, Matlock at an excellent £505 each (£12.44/kg). The reserve champions from H & E Williams of Llangadog, Carmarthenshire were a pair of Beltex ewe lambs weighing 42½kg realising £650 each (£15.29/kg) and selling to MJ Davies, Caerafon, Caersaws, Powys. Overall average including all breeds was up on last year at £2.78/kg (£114/head).
Live Cattle (38) Auctioneer Mark Elliott
As usual there was an excellent crowd to see the finale to the show and to see a top call of £7,500 for the champion “Queen B”, a crossbreed Limousine heifer from Gwyn at Edwards Brothers & Mike Rowlands of Corwen selling to J Morris Butchers of South Kilworth, Lutterworth. The reserve champion from P & S Sellers of Thorpe Tilney, Lincoln, “Dolderwen Mercedes” was a Limouisin heifer which realised £4,000 selling to D Thompson of Pickering, N Yorks. Top call in the baby beef was £4,300 for the champion in that class from W Morgan of Builth Wells again being a Limousin heifer “Babe” selling to P & S Sellers of Thorpe Tilney. Overall average for the cattle was £1,780/head.