A strong contingent of young handlers helped make this year’s South Eastern Prime Stock Winter Fayre at the South of England Showground in Ardingly another great success.
Exhibitors from far afield contributed to what organiser James Dickson of Dickson Farming described as “an exceptional show”, while young handlers across a number of age groups showed both sheep and cattle, something he said was “fantastic for the future of British agriculture”.
Highlight of the 2022 show was the Champion Lamb carcass from David and Kirsty Tester from Angmering in West Sussex which achieved an impressive £20/kg. Auctioned by Roger Waters of South East Marts, it so impressed carcass judge Matthew Prince, of Highfield House Farm, Ashover, Chesterfield, that he bought it.
In the fat cattle classes, Sean Marsh scooped the honours with a British Blue X heifer while SC & GI Hartwright’s Hereford bull was named champion calf.
This year’s event hosted both the South Eastern Charolais Calf Show, which was won by David Ross with heifer Chameran Sheri, and the Southern Beef Shorthorn Club Calf Show, which was very well attended and won by Hursley Flossy Saffron, a heifer calf bred by Hursley Farm Partnership.
In the sheep classes, Joshua Jack showed the champion pair of lambs with a pair of Beltex and Nick Page of the Goodwood Estate took champion pen of three butchers’ lambs with a trio of Dutch Spotted X Southdown.
East Sutton Park’s Pietrain cross won the championship in the live pig classes.
Photos: Lucy Carnaghan Photography