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Festive Spirit at the Market Drayton Livestock Market & Christmas Prize Show

On 7 December 2011 I went along to Market Drayton Livestock Market Christmas Prize Show and Sale. 

Lanyon Bowdler had sponsored one of the classes and I had been asked to present the LB Perpetual Trophy to the winner of the ‘Best Pair of Steers’.  My colleague Lucy Regan accompanied me to the show to assist with the Lanyon Bowdler stand.  She had never been to a cattle market before and was keen to find out what goes on!

We took up our pitch in the main foyer surrounded by other trade stands which included NFU Mutual, Severn Hospice and Genus Breeding to name but a few.  There were raffles galore, although not all of the prizes were as desirable as the array of bottles, chocolates and other gifts on the Severn Hospice stand - unless of course you are a farmer!

On presenting the trophy to the winner of our class I was delighted to meet Mrs Williams of Shifnal with her British Blue Cross Steers - indeed a worthy winner of the Lanyon Bowdler trophy.

The atmosphere and banter around the market was electrifying, everyone being in good humour and festive spirit.  There was plenty to eat and drink - Christmas cake, cookies, mince pies, sherry and hot mulled wine, with hot roast pork or beef baps served at lunchtime.

Roll on Christmas 2012!