Snowbell brings Festive cheer to Fatstock Show on a high over Brexit

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 2 Dec 2016

FEARS over the impact of Brexit on Louth area meat producers could turn into a load of bullocks, according to visitors at the 87th annual Christmas Fatstock Show at Louth cattle market.

Champion beast “Snowbell” showed off the best part of her 700 kilos to the many visitors keeping the livestock tradition alive and kicking.

Many of the beef producers were in confident mood ahead of Brexit.

Owner of “Snowbell”, Clive Goulsbra who reared the British Blue Cross heifer with his daughter Sally said he was optimistic about the prospects for the meat market ahead of Britain leaving the EU.

He said that the day after the referendum and every day since has seen an increase in the price of beef and lamb.

Clive said that was good news for producers and people working in the agriculture sector in Lincolnshire.

He praised his daughter for her excellent stockmanship.

He told how “Snowbell” had thrived on the good conditions at Brickyard Farm, Authorpe where he has 700 head of cattle, 260 of them for breeding.

He said: “Trade is good. It is a lot better than last year with around 20 per kilo up on last year.

“Since we voted to come out of the EU trade has gone up.”

He said Sally had worked around the clock for three days to get “Snowbell” in tip top condition for the show.

The heifer was purchased by Lakings of Louth for 334p per kilo, a total of£2,358.

Mr Goulsbra received the Silver Challenge Rose Bowl for showing the championbeast.

Terry Davie won the unhaltered Champion Beast class with a British Blue crosssteer that sold for 244p per kilo, a total of £1,609. The Silver Rose Bowl for ReserveChampion was won by P & B Hodgson & Son with a Limousin cross heifer that sold for334p per kilo, a total £1,990 to Lakings of Louth.

Show secretary, Dan Jobe was proud to be organising the only surviving Fatstock Show in the county.

He said: “It is an opportunity to show off the prime stock of sheep and cattle.

“This is part of the cattle market and it is a showcase for everyone to show off their stockmanship.”

There was also an extensive display of machinery and the gathering of hundreds of people involved in the agriculture industry gave them the chance to donate to two worthy causes, The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire air Ambulance and the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network.

Sheep producer, Carol Allison, of Thoresway, near Binbrook was thrilled with her champion pen of three and also the reserve champion pen.

She said: “I have looked after sheep all my life. Her sheep were bought by Lakings of Louth at around £250 per head.

She has 130 ewes and her husband has 280 on their farm.

Carol said: “I am uncertain over what will happen with Brexit. But so long as we can export as much we will be fine. It looks uncertain.”

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