Uppingham Christmas Fatstock Show is ‘jewel in county’s crown’

Photo: SM301111-016ow.jpg'Uppingham Fatstock Show. View of the Market Place from Uppingham Sports and Books. ENGEMN00120111130131156
Photo: SM301111-016ow.jpg'Uppingham Fatstock Show. View of the Market Place from Uppingham Sports and Books. ENGEMN00120111130131156

Prized cattle, sheep and pigs will be the stars of the show next week, at one of the biggest livestock events of the year in the region.

This will be the 108th year of Rutland’s Uppingham Christmas Fatstock Show, which has been cancelled only by war and the two outbreaks of the foot and mouth epidemic - the weekly fatstock market ended in 1954 when wartime controls ceased, but the annual Fatstock Show has continued.

One of the most prestigious events in the town’s calendar, it remains the only show of its kind in the UK still held in temporary penning in a town’s market square - the Market Place will be cleared the night before the show and temporary pennings erected in the area where cars park.

Chairman of Uppinghan Christmas Show Society Charlie Mason said: “The Uppingham Fatstock Show is without a doubt a jewel in Rutland’s crown.

“Livestock entries of all classes are high for what should once again prove to be an excellent show.”

To date 25 cattle, 18 of which will be led. 196 sheep and 21 pigs have been entered for the show where proud farmers show off their prize stock.

Categories that will be judged include: Overall Champion Beast, Reserve Champion, Best Pair of Beast as well as Best Pen of three sheep, Best Pen of 10 sheep, Best Rare Breed pig and the most outstanding exhibit in the show.

Chief Veterinary Officer for Northern Ireland Robert Huey, who will be the Society’s guest for the event, will present the cups and trophies to the winning exhibitors.

He will also speak a the annual lunch which will beheld after the show on Wednesday, November 26.

Livestock exhibition starts at 7am with judging at 11am. It will be followed by a public auction of the pigs and sheep.

Visitors can arrive at any time but there will be plenty to see from 10am 
onwards.