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Midlands farmers win big at English Winter Fair

December 3, 2018 by  
Filed under News & Business

Farmers from across the Midlands enjoyed huge success at the English Winter Fair with championships won in the show ring and carcase hall.

It was a day to remember for two exhibitors from Derbyshire who, after 22 years showing cattle at the event, finally won their first championship.

Stripe, a British Blue cross, claimed the Supreme Champion title for Andrew Dickinson and Lisa Powdrill in front of a packed crowd at the Staffordshire County Showground.

The 17-month-old heifer was bred by Bainbridge Brothers of Marrick Abbey, Swaledale, and bought by Mr Dickinson – of Mackworth Village near Derby – at Leyburn market.

It beat Fancy That, a Limousin cross heifer from Phil Sellers of Thorpe Tilney in Lincolnshire, which was awarded the Reserve Champion title.

Mr Dickinson said: “It was my dad who picked it out at the market. We knew she was special but to come here and beat the other fantastic cattle on show is amazing, we’re over the moon.”

The dream team of livestock farmer Michael Wynne and butcher Nick Coates of E W Coates – both from Derbyshire – led to a double success in the Royal Smithfield Club rib of beef and saddle of lamb competitions.

The Lyon family from Lincolnshire followed up their success in the chiller hall last year by claiming a reserve championship for their Limousin cross carcass.

Warwickshire YFC won The Birmingham Agricultural Exhibition Society Silver Challenge Cup, awarded for the Overall Team on the Day.

They were followed by Staffordshire YFC in second place.

Entries were up by 10% on last year’s event with more than 300 cattle paraded through the ring in a busy two days of judging.

Richard Williams, chief executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, which organises the show, said: “Exhibitors and visitors from across the UK come to experience the quality and variety of the English Winter Fair – which continues to go from strength to strength.”

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