This year’s Christmas Fatstock Show and Sale was one of the best for several years said Melton Market manager and auctioneer Tim Webster.
Featuring some of the very finest animals and produce from across the region, judges faced a tough task determining category winners, with categories including best cattle, pigs, sheep, Stilton cheese, pork pies, pies, sausages, pastries, floral art and more.
Mr Webster said: “The quality of cattle, in particular, was remarkable and there was a fantastic atmosphere.”
Among those celebrating were piemakers Walker & Son, part of the Melton-based Samworth Brothers group, who won 10 prizes in all, including first place in all of the show’s pie and pastry classes. Several awards were given for their classic pork pies.
Master piemaker Ian Heircock said: “I’m thrilled that we cleaned up at this year’s Melton & Belvoir Agricultural Society Show. It was very competitive with entries from across the country. We’re passionate about our pies and thrilled to be celebrating another year of awards.”
Other winners included Colston Bassett Dairy (Stilton) and Saltby-based WD Copley & Sons who won each section of pigs with their Pietrains.
Trevor Lyon, of Bourne, received a trophy as owner of the fatstock champion beast. His Limousin heifer, weighing 628kg, reached 450pr/kg (£2,826) and was sold to the cattle judge, Richard Taylor of Owen Taylors, Alfreton.