Video: Farming community unites for Fatstock Show

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Scores of farmers from across the area were showing off their prize livestock at one of the farming community’s major events of the year.

Crowds of people turned out for the 107th Uppingham Fatstock Show, which was held in the heart of the town in Market Place today (Wednesday).

Uppingham Christmas Fatstock Show.  Charlotte Davies, 17, with 'Champion Beast' Polkadot.'Photo: MSMP271113-017ow

Uppingham Christmas Fatstock Show. Charlotte Davies, 17, with 'Champion Beast' Polkadot.'Photo: MSMP271113-017ow

Cattle, pigs and sheep were out in numbers and looking their best for the show which is the only event of its kind in the UK that is still held in temporary penning in a town market square.

Show president John Tabram said it was once again a successful event and one of the biggest yet.

He said: “It’s been a wonderful show.

“There’s been more sheep than I can ever remember and there are some really big cattle.

Uppingham Christmas Fatstock Show. Andrew West with his 'champion' pen of sheep.'Photo: MSMP271113-001ow

Uppingham Christmas Fatstock Show. Andrew West with his 'champion' pen of sheep.'Photo: MSMP271113-001ow

“There’s a massive crowd and it’s nice to see so many children here.

“It showcases the best of the area’s stock.”

The overall champion was Top Field Farm, in Gaddesby, Leicestershire, for its 600kg heifer Polkadot, which also won best beast.

Charlotte Davies, 17, who collected the trophy on behalf of the family run farm, said: “I’m very proud.

“It was a surprise because it’s our first time here.”

Charlotte’s mum Wendy Pickard said: “We’re over the moon.

“There’s some very good cattle around so it’s great to win.”

The champion pig award was won by farmer Emma Dale, 34, from Wing for her large pig.

She said: “It’s great to win the award and makes all the early mornings worthwhile.

“It’s our sixth year here and we got reserve champion last year so this has topped it.

“It’s a brilliant event and feels very homely for us.”

Collyweston farmer Andrew West, 54, of firm J F Burbidge and Sons, picked up the champion sheep award on behalf of his son Robert, 23, who is doing harvesting work in Australia.

Andrew said: “We’re both delighted. My son was very pleased when I called him to break the news.

“We’ve been coming here for about six or seven years and this is the first time we’ve won the champion award.

“It’s an excellent show and one we will always support.”

Many visitors enjoyed their time at the show too.

Jenny Best, of Lyddington Road, Caldecott, walked around the pens with her friends Liz Woolston and Sarah Morgan-Jones.

Jenny said: “It’s a fantastic event. It’s a great tradition and very well run.

“It’s really good for the town too.”

Michelle Blackford, from Rees Close, Uppingham, attended the show with her three-year-old daughter Marcie.

She said: “We come every year and Marcie really enjoys it.

“The piggies are her favourites.”

107th Uppingham Fatstock Show winners:

Cattle

Champion beast - C.Davies, Top Field Farm

Reserve champion - T.A & L.C. Lyon

Best pair of beast - J.Turner

Sheep

Champion pen of three sheep - J F Burbidge and Sons

Reserve champion pen of three sheep - J F Burbidge and Sons

Best pen of ten sheep - Moonshine Farms

Pigs

Champion pig - Dale & Cox

Reserve champion - Dale & Cox

Best rare breed pig - Brooksby Melton College

Smith Gore Cup for the most outstanding exhibit in the show - Cattle - C.Davies, Top Field Farm