Livestock schedules for this year's East of England Smithfield Festival – the latest guise of the Royal Smithfield Show – are now available and entries for the event are being accepted.
This year's show, which always attracts a strong Westcountry contingent, aims to build on last year's event, with the introduction of a number of new features.
It will take place at the East of England Showground at Alwalton, near Peterborough, on November 30 and December 1.
Livestock classes will be largely the same as last year, with the introduction of several new calf shows for beef breeds and the transfer of the Duke of Norfolk Trophy from the prime cattle section to the calf section.
The popular lamb-carcass section will also return this year, along with untrimmed sheep classes, both of which should encourage those producers without trimming skills to enter lambs for the event, said event manager Kerry Buttriss.
"These classes offer every sheep producer the chance to exhibit, whether they can trim or not, and are an excellent opportunity for sheep farmers to showcase the quality of their stock at the leading national primestock show," she said.
The main judges will be Jonathan Maycock, from Derbyshire, adjudicating in the prime cattle and baby-beef classes and Anthony Glaves, from Yorkshire, sorting through the sheep entries.
Other judges confirmed for this year's show include Cornwall-based Gayle Bersey, who will judge the final of the Young Stockperson of the Year competition, and Dan Bull, from Berkshire, who will have the task of adjudicating in this year's College Challenge.
Mrs Buttriss said initial interest in the livestock sections was strong, with a number of potential new exhibitors having already requested schedules for the event.
"We are looking forward to building on the success of last year's inaugural event and the early indications are that both livestock and trade-stand numbers will be up on 2011," she said. "We've already received confirmed bookings from a number of major trade exhibitors."
Livestock entries close on October 8 for all sections. All inquiries, including applications for trade stands, should be made through the East of England Agricultural Society's livestock office on 01733 234 451, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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