AN impressive show of top quality commercial and pedigree cattle and sheep attracted large crowds to the Winter Stock Festival at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, earlier this month. 
The two-day event which included the introduction of pigs classes saw a 14-month-old Limousin cross heifer named Gerned Model from Beth and Luke Wilkinson and John Smith Jackson scoop the top title among the commercial cattle. Reserve went to Andrew Bishop with his home-bred British Blue cross heifer, Might Bite. 
In the baby beef section, John Smith Jackson had plenty more to celebrate when he stood champion with a home-bred Limousin cross heifer named Dancing Queen, while Judy and Richard Fountain took reserve with Jazzy Girl.
Among the sheep, a pair of Beltex lambs from Robert Garth stood champion, ahead of the reserve pen from Andrew Bishop. 
Reigning supreme in the newly established pig section was local breeders K and B Arden, who took both the supreme champion pair and supreme champion single pig. 
On day two, the inter-breed pedigree calf championship was awarded to Meadowbrook Flossie, an Aberdeen-Angus heifer from Mark Haistead, Norwich, while the inter-breed group of three went to a Lincoln Red team. 
Winning the Young Stock Person of the Year in the beef section was Thomas Martin from Norfolk, while Chelsea Bennett from Stafford took first place in the lamb compeition.
The College Challenge award was won by Easton and Otley, closely followed by Reaseheath B team in second and Reaseheath A team in third.