Butchers called ringside for annual auction of champions

Caterers, butchers, hoteliers and retailers are being invited to stand and bid for some of the country’s top livestock at the ringside of a premier winter livestock show.

The English Winter Fair, which will take place at Staffs Showground on 21-22 November, will host the country’s leading livestock producers demonstrating their skill in breeding, feeding and showing cattle, sheep, pigs and seasonal poultry in both live and carcase competitions.

John Pattinson, show chairman, said: “Quality is second-to-none and we would like to welcome meat buyers from retail, catering and hospitality sectors to come and secure prize-winners for their customers in what has become a highlight of the English Winter Fair.”

Auctioneer Bagshaws of Uttoxeter will start the auction on 22 November at 2pm in the EWF’s purpose-built Carcass Hall. Crowds will vie for elbow-room during the hotly contested competition to secure locally reared turkeys for end-of-year celebrations.

Championship beef, sheep and pig carcases will be offered thereafter, before the auctioneers shift their attention to winning farm stock from the event’s live ring classes including the show’s supreme champion beast.

“Meat buyers demonstrate just as much pride in presenting the very best of British meat to their customers as farmers do in preparing livestock for the show’s various competitive classes,” added Pattinson.

“The opportunity to secure prize-winning livestock direct from the show ring or Carcass Hall should enhance any year-end celebration where British meat is the focus – and with that in mind – we would welcome meat buyers to the ringside auction on Sunday 22 November.”