Huge success for East of England Smithfield Festival 2015

By 1st February 2016Archive

This year’s East of England Smithfield Festival, which was held at the East of England Showground at Peterborough on 26-27 November 2015, proved to be a huge success after introducing a new format to the highly prestigious event.

Smithfield Festival 2015 launched a new style of event, with an increased focus on innovations, technical advancements and inviting the industry’s leading representatives to share their views on the future.

“I am so proud of the exhibitors, the sponsors and the industry for supporting this year’s event, which saw record entries of both exhibitors and livestock breeders travel from England, Scotland and Wales,” explains William Haire, East of England Smithfield Festival show director. “This is a prominent event and we have worked hard to ensure the future of the show while developing it to make it relevant to today’s market.

“We have seen world class entries for all beef and sheep classes, a very impressive group of young handlers and stockpersons who were not only tested on their stock handling skills but also their technical knowledge. Adding to the new format were a wide range of industry representatives speaking in seminars on technical, financial, and marketing aspects of working within the beef and sheep sector.

“The show has evolved significantly this year,” adds Mr Haire. “It’s crucial we lead the way in the industry, and this involves demonstrating how change is necessary for the sustainability and future of the industry. However, it’s important that we achieve this whilst respecting the integrity of the event.

“It has proved to live up to the highly respected reputation, and I am incredibly excited for the future of the Smithfield Festival,” concludes Mr Haire.

Nerys Wright, Regional Manager for AHDB Beef and Lamb adds, “It’s been a great event and I am delighted to have been here. What has been extremely noticeable is the number of young farmers here, and it’s incredibly valuable for us to have the opportunity to communicate with this generation.”

As is with traditional, Smithfield showcased the best of commercial and pedigree cattle and sheep from throughout England, Scotland and Wales. A full set of results is available at www.eoesmithfield.co.uk.



  • Pure bred beef champion went to Tecwyn Jones from Conwy with his Limousin heifer Brenmick Joy with reserve being awarded to M Alford, with Foxhill Supersonic, a Galloway heifer.
  • Supreme Commercial beef Champion title went to Frank Page from Northamptonshire with his Limousin sired heifer named French Kiss, and reserve went to Beth and Luke Wilkinson, with their British Blue sired heifer Mille.
  • Overall Beef Champion went to Frank Page with French Kiss.
  • College Challenge was won by Reaseheath College, with an impressive 17 entries and represented by 8 different colleges throughout the UK.
  • Young Stockperson was won by John McCulloch from Ayrshire (15-17 years category) and winning the age 18-21 year old category was Jennifer Lewis from Hertfordshire.
  • Taking the Baby Beef Champion was a Galloway Steer, Double O Seven owned by Master Ali Wareham from East Sussex.
  • Sale of lamb carcass reached £150 for the Supreme Champion from E D Jones from Cambridge
  • Supreme Champion sheep, owned by David and Linda Waldham, was sold for an impressive price of £400.
  • The beef Champion, a Limousin sired heifer, was £6,400 bought by Chris and Josh Bustance of Wimberley Hall Farms near Spalding in Lincolnshire.
  • The Beef rib winner, exhibited by R E Needham and son achieved an impressive price of £170 (Belgian Blue x Lincoln Red)
  • Champion RABI lamb went to DS and LE Wadland with Duncan Burton in Reserve.
  • Best pair of Native british Lambs went to Goodwood Estate with their Southdowns and reserve to Dafydd Lewis with his Tregaron welsh Mountain lambs.
  • Best pair of exhibitor bred lambs went to DS and LE Wadland with R Hall in reserve