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Champion Line Up

Posted on: Nov 26 2010

Award-winning meat wholesaler John Penny and Sons in Rawdon has secured the supreme and reserve champion cattle and champion lambs at the country’s most prestigious event for cattle and sheep, the English Winter Fair.

John Penny and Sons bought the prize stock for just over £10k. The champion and reserve champion have already been sold on to Woodlesford butcher, Howgate and Farrar, and will go on sale to the public in mid December.

The English Winter Fair’s Zintec-sponsored supreme champion “Meat Loaf” was bought from Lincolnshire-based owner Trevor Lyon who was also the owner of the supreme champion at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show. 18 month old “Meat Loaf” was bred by Welsh farmer Ken Jones in Betws-y-Coed Conwy and has been shown across the country through the summer demonstrating its superior breeding.

Says Mick Searle, sales manager at John Penny and Sons, “We are thrilled to have secured the supreme champion at such an important event in the farming calendar. There was stiff bidding competition and we are delighted that we were able to buy the champion at what is our first time at the English Winter Fair.”

English Winter Fair's chairman, Graham Roobottom says, "The quality of livestock entered to the show - the largest in the country attracting over 400 prime cattle and 200 sheep - reflects the work and dedication farmers up and down the country put in to delivering quality British meat to the nation's tables.

"To have a new buyer at the ringside in John Penny & Sons willing to invest significant sums to secure champions for clients gives confidence to farmers that what they produce is valued. We look forward to welcoming the company to the English Winter Fair in future years."

Read more in the Farmers Guardian, Stackyard,  Yorkshire Post and Meat Trade News Daily.



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