English Winter Fair 2019

19th November 2019

English Winter Fair 2019-16th & 17th November

“Starlight dazzles at £5,500”

A very well attended couple of days at the Stafford Showground where entries were up in most sections and quality was in abundance.

The show culminated in the auctions carried out on Sunday afternoon by Bagshaws.

Live Cattle-Auctioneer Mark Elliott

A tremendous crowd gathered round the sale ring to see the cattle sold and they were not disappointed as 58 went forward to the sale.

The Champion in the show was “Starlight”, a British Blue heifer shown by Messrs R J Wright of Somerton, Somerset. Weighing 555kg she was purchased after some spirited bidding by Mr Jim Sale of J S Quality Meats, Uttoxeter for £5,500 (£9.91/kg). The final bidding was a fight between long-time supporter Messrs Kitson for their Five Houses Farm Shop at Yarm and Mr Sale, with Mr Paul Walker of Staffordshire, showing the Wright’s Starlight, on superb form and all parties extremely delighted with the final outcome at £5,500. Mr Jim Sale attacked yet again to secure the Reserve Champion which was a very smart Limousin cross heifer led out by James Hodgkinson on behalf of the family from Earl Sterndale near Buxton and weighing in a 580kg, she topped out at £2,600 (£4.48/kg). Top call in the baby beef section was £1,580 (£4.72/kg) for “Black Pearl”, a neat Limousin cross heifer from Mr James May of Bromsgrove purchased by the Pendlebury family from Toddington in Berkshire.

Colin and Gilbert Brook exhibited a really smart 620kg steer Champion to top at £2.80/kg to Messrs Kitson for their shop at Yarm and the Native Breeds were extremely well bid for to a top of £3.55/kg for Messrs Livesey’s 550kg pure Hereford Steer, exhibited by Mr Colin Suitor and purchased by Mr Peter Maycock for his Open Wood Gate Belper Shop.

The top ten animals in the live weight sales, excluding the Champion, Reserve and Baby Beef, averaged an excellent £2.68/kg.

Live Pigs-Auctioneer Oliver Hiles

78 pigs were forward for sale this year and they met a firm trade which topped at a tremendous £360 each (£3.65/kg) for a pair from M Horsley & Son of Skirpenbeck, Yorkshire and sold to R C & L Bowring from Mansfield. The same buyers also secured the Reserve Champion pair from S J S Loveless of Bridport, Dorset paying £176 each (£2.29/kg). Overall, the pigs forward returned an average of £1.27/kg.

Live Lambs-Auctioneer Malcolm Gale

74 lambs were forward for sale this year following an excellent show and good quality on display. The Champion pair of Beltex ewe lambs was consigned by brothers J & R Jerman from Whitney on Wye, Herefordshire and bought by J Thornley from Hereford for £400 each (£9.26/kg). The Reserve Champion pair were also Beltex ewe lambs which were from A L Thompson of Foulridge, Lancashire and also attracted good attention realising £240 each (£5.74/kg) selling to Cropper and Mellin from Skipton. Overall, the lambs averaged £2.59/kg with continental wether lambs to £2.90/kg.

Carcass Hall-Auctioneer Peter Oven

The sale commenced as 1.15pm with the poultry with a good selection forward and a throng of buyers. The Champion Turkey was a 9.8kg Hen from Huxley Turkeys which made an outstanding £300 (30.61/kg) and sold to the judge P Maycock from Belper. The reserve Champion was an 18.4kg stag from R Butler, Calow and sold at £65 (£3.53/kg) to H Hartley of Draycott in the Moors.

Bretby Geese consigned the first-place bird in that section which realised £88 selling to M & S Butchers of Bridgnorth.

The 12 beef carcasses topped at £4.50/kg (£1,494) for the Champion Limousin heifer from J L White & Son of Goole and bought by Rob Stafford from Mickleover. The Reserve Champion consigned from R A O Johnson of Breadsall sold to Howells Butchers, Bridgnorth at £3.85/kg (£1,466) for the Aberdeen Angus cross bullock.

The 39 lamb carcasses were well sought after with the Champion from L A Annetts of Worcestershire weighing 24.4kg and realising £9/kg (£220) selling to J S Quality Meats, Uttoxeter. The Reserve Champion from M & C Morris of Kilworth weighing a lighter 20.6kg realised £10/kg (£206) selling to Bosworth Butchers of Coventry.

Eighteen pig carcasses were on offer and these topped at £3.50/kg for the Champion consigned by P Nadin of Leek being bought by R C & L Bowring from Mansfield. The Reserve Champion from S J S Loveless of Bridport realised £3.10/kg selling to Newclose Farm Shop, Bakewell.

The Champion saddle of lamb bred by B Lawton & Son of Newport, exhibited by Perry’s of Eccleshall made an excellent £85 being purchased by Morgan’s Country Butchers of Telford.

In the Rib of Beef competition, the Champion was bred by Jones Bros and exhibited by Kepak realised a tremendous £150 selling to J S Quality Meats of Uttoxeter.

Auctions conducted by Bagshaws LLP

Of Uttoxeter, Bakewell, Ashbourne, Leek and Penkridge

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