Farmers across the Uppingham area have been showing off their prize stock at the 106th Uppingham Christmas Fatstock Show. The event happened on Wednesday 28th November and was witnessed by a large crowd of people. The competition included farmers with over 100 sheep, 22 pigs and 24 cattle, with more cattle being entered this year due to the increasing popularity of grass fed beef.
Crowds of people attended the show in Market Place, the only show of its kind which still uses the temporary market square penning area. The overall event was a success and the attendance was high, with many schoolchildren in attendance this year too.
The president of the stock show was pleased with the turnout and believes it is very good for both the town and farming industry, which always benefits from extra promotion and interest. He noted that there was a lot more cattle this year, with some even a high enough standard for competing in national shows.
Trevor Lyon won the champion cattle award as well as four out of the seven cattle categories. Morcott Pigs won the title as overall show champion and the champion pig award. All winners were pleased with their awards, with many of them having attended numerous years in a row in the hope of picking up awards.
Livestock shows are important for farmers and have been increasing in popularity over the years, especially with cattle farming. The Uppingham Christmas Fatstock Show is one of the many livestock shows during the Christmas time that receives loyal attendees every year.