The 2015 East of England Smithfield Festival was held at the Peterborough Showground, providing a forum where the best cattle and lambs in the country could compete.
There were new elements to this year’s festival, with ‘no nonsense’ seminars from industry experts.
Every competitor in the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution Charity Sheep Class was given a R.A.B.I gift bag and charity chairman Chris Riddle presented the trophies. Smithfield also provided a glass tumbler for every entrant. Trustee William Cumber was on hand to give a talk on R.A.B.I’s work and Christine Bish and Joy Martin from the Cambridgeshire committee handed out thank you gifts.
Proceeds from the beef rib auction were split between R.A.B.I and the Addington Fund. R.A.B.I will receive £580.
Bidding at the sheep auction was fierce with a top price of £285 paid. In total, £1,310 was raised in the auction run by Melton Meats.
R.A.B.I Charity Sheep Class Results
Single Lamb category
1) D Burton
2) Horne & Son
Opposite class winner: D Burton
Continental Lamb category
1) DS & LE Wadland
2) R Hall & Son
3) RJ Slade
4) D Burton
5) Ivanhoe Livestock
6) J&C Maxwell
Champion: DS & LE Wadland
Reserve: R Hall & Son