Ashford Fat Stock hosted by Hobbs Parker is a wonderful two-day celebration of the best livestock the County has to offer. The weekly livestock auctions are attended by local farmers and around 250,000 animals are sold annually.
The Winter Fat Stock is a chance for the community to see some of the finest animals that are ready for slaughter with the many classes exhibiting some of the finest livestock available.
Beef cattle auctioneer Mark Cleverdon said: “There will be a fantastic turnout of top quality Christmas Show entries this year, no doubt with a number of headline prices throughout the day.” He continued “I am so pleased to see so many of the County’s Young Farmers showing cattle , sheep and pigs during the event.”
With a team of 50 volunteers who make up the many Stewards and Committee members the two days will see a full programme of classes and exhibits.
The Show opens to the public at 3pm on Monday 29th November when the judging commences with young handlers and moving on to the main show classes at 4pm. With almost 700 exhibits this year’s Fat Stock will be a wonderful event to take the family to see the process from farm to fork. There will be plenty of experts who would be more than happy to explain the importance of good animal husbandry and the quality of British meat.
Kent Young Farmers will take part in a stock judging competition later that afternoon and all 54 trophies will be awarded at 7pm.
Pig Judging starts at 9am on Tuesday 30th followed by the commercial sheep sale and then carcass and poultry. The main event which is the sale of the Show Cattle takes place at midday and owners hope to achieve a new sale record for the champion animal. Some of the proceeds from this year’s sale will go to the Presidents chosen charity for the year;The Pilgrims Hospice, Ashford.
As well as the livestock and carcase classes there will be various stalls and promotional stands including Why Farming Matters in Kent. We will be promoting the industry and will have a number of farmers on hand to answer any of your agricultural questions. In addition to the Why Farming Matters in Kent team there will be RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution) The local supporters of RABI will be with us selling Christmas cards and promoting next years fundraising events.
East Kent W I Markets will have their usual selection of home made foods and crafts from various members in the area.
West Ashford Farm Supplies – a non profit-making farmers’ buying group which was founded in 1963 to serve local farmers and growers, will have a variety of produce.
There will also be prizes for the best 10 litres of milling wheat, feeding wheat, oats, barley, peas, oilseed rape, linseed and field beans grown in
2010 and the best hay made this year. The dead poultry section includes best pair of fat chickens, turkey hen and
cock and goose as well as a family member Christmas Cake competition.
Members of the public will also be able to see butchery and cookery demonstrations. Mrs Di Hickman, will be demonstrating the quick and tasty meals that can be cooked using the cuts shown by the butcher. The methods of shallow frying, griddling and wok cooking will be demonstrated with samples available for you taste and savour the good, honest cooking with recipes for you to take home.
Next Year’s Show will be held on Monday 5h and Tuesday 6h December
For more information please contact the Show Secretaries below:
Hobbs Parker, Romney House, Ashford Market, Orbital Park,
Ashford, Kent. TN24 0HB Tel: 01233 506288 & Fax: 01233 502211.
email: Mark.Cleverdon@hobbsparker.co.uk. or Julie.Coney@hobbsparker.co.uk