MORE ‘baas’, ‘moos’ and grunts were heard than usual at Hailsham’s popular cattle market site when the 170th Hailsham Fatstock Show rolled into town.
A busy trade in show day selling was reported at the event held in the Market Street auction site on Wednesday, December 7.
Some 22 classes were listed with calves and pigs sold at 11am, lambs at 11.15am followed by commercial cattle at 12pm midday with show cattle at 12.30pm.
An impressive 41 special prizes were handed out on the day for various categories.
Sally Habberfield, honourary secretary for the event, said: “It went really well, compared to last year’s event which was affected by snow.
“Fatstock was a fantastic day with a good show in all sections of cattle, sheep, pigs and lambs.
“The judges [Richard Scott, John Esam and Lew Howard] had a difficult time choosing the champions in each of the sections but they did a brilliant job.”
The ‘Supreme Champion’ in the cattle section was awarded this year to Jo Hallett and Ben Maskell from Thorndean Farm at Heathfield, getting both ‘Champion Steer and Champion Heifer’. The beast was a pedigree home-breed Limousin beef heifer, weighing 600 kilos, owned by Sue Watson. It sold for £2.90 per kilo to Guy Grimston. The sponsor was Matthew Miller from farmbankmanager.co.uk
Dr Stewart Winchester’s pen of lambs, weighing 56.6kgs and selling for £155 per head, were also declared supreme champions for the third year-in-a-row. Heathfield butcher Rob Pomfrett bought them. Mark Perrett’s pair of pigs were also declared supreme champions.
A charity auction was also held at the event with money raised for Cancer Research UK.
South East Marts sponsored the rosettes and DSC Supplies, the prize cards. KWG donated raffle prizes and menus were sponsored by Watsons – Heathfield Auctions.
Hailsham Fatstock Show first prize winners:-
Cattle: Steer sired by a Sussex Bull: J Hickman, Biddenden (Sussex); Steer sired by a native bull other than a Sussex: Friday Street Farmers, Langney (AA x Simx); Heifer sired by a native bull: J Howard (Sussex); Steer sired by a Limousin bull: First prize, overall reserve champion and champion steer, Thorndean Farms, Cowbeech (Limousin); Heifer sired by a Limousin bull: First prize, supreme champion and champion heifer, Thorndean Farms, Cowbeech (Limousin); Heifer sired by a continental bull other than a Limousin: C L Smith, Sompting (Blonde x Limx); Steer sired by a continental bull other than a Limousin: First prize and reserve champion steer, C L Smith, Sompting (Blonde x Simx); Best steer or heifer shown by a novice exhibitor: Mr Richardson, Shipley (Limousin); A pair of cattle of any breed or sex: D Southouse, Herstmonceux (Limousin); Outlying steer or heifer of any breed: D Southouse, Herstmonceux (LimxLimx); Pen of three commerical cattle: D Southouse, Herstmonceux (Limousin); Cull beef cow: D Southouse, Herstmoncuex (SimxLimx).
Sheep: Three lambs of any breed or cross breed: Dr SWC Winchester, Bexhill-on-Sea (TexX); Four lambs of any bred or cross breed: First prize and champion pen of lambs, Dr SWC Winchester, Bexhill-on-Sea (TexX); Five lambs of any breed or cross breed: Dr SWC Winchester, Bexhill-on-Sea (TexX); Three lambs sired by a British native ram: RM Gorringe, Jevington (Southdown); Three lambs sired by a Suffolk ram: J&S Harmer, Offham (SuffxMulexTex).
Pigs: A pen of two Porkers not exceeding 114kgs: First prize and reserve champion, Plumpton College; A pen of two Porkers 114-146kgs: First prize and champion pen of pigs, M Perrett, Ditchling Common (LRx); One fat pig: M Perrett, Ditchling Common (Lopear); Fat Sow: D Harris, Lower Dicker (LWxDurxHamp).