FARMERS from North Devon and Somerset showed off some of the finest produce and livestock on Exmoor when they competed at the Christmas Fatstock Show at Cutcombe market.
A hall full of dressed poultry and lamb attracted most of the attention as scores of people gathered for the event at Wheddon Cross, near Exford.
Carcass lambs were judged live earlier in the week and then again on show day with classes for native breeds, other breeds, and two for Exmoor Horn exhibits.
In the lobby bags of hay, silage, plates of eggs and root crops were on display to be judged.
Auctioneer Peter Huntley of Exmoor Farmers started the show off with a sale of dozens of items including Christmas trees, chocolates, pies and chutneys given in aid of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds and the West Somerset Foxhounds.
Outside Phillip David judged pens of Devon Closewool, Exmoor Horn and continental cross lambs.
Schoolgirl and young farmer Kirsty Howieson had picked out some top quality from the best of her flock for the show on Exmoor.
Her pen of two sturdy Beltex lambs won not only the prize for best entry in the YFC membership but also the challenge cup for the Champion Pen of Lambs in the show.
Fifteen-year-old Kirsty of Luxborough entered in the name of J and G Howieson and has farmed all her life with her father, John.
They keep 80 Beltex and Roussin sheep on the farm where she admits she likes to spend as much time as possible.
The Liscombe Trophy for the best exhibit in the provender classes, a bale of meadow hay, delighted Philip Webber, of Steadway Farm: "I used to work at the Liscombe Research Centre for 20 years and I've been trying to win this ever since," he said.
The hay earned praise from provender judge Richard Clark: "It smells fantastic and there's nothing else in it to spoil it. Cattle would love it if they were allowed to eat it. Perfect sheep feed," he said.
In the poultry classes the championship went to a goose reared by Bill Liversidge of Timberscombe and his grandson, Jack Evans.
"I only keep six, just for the event," said Bill. "It's down to breeding, feeding and presentation and the presentation is down to my daughter, Michelle and to Jack and my son Russell."
He was nursing an injured hand and added: "They've all helped and without them I couldn't have done it."
Sheep – Live Best lamb other than native breed to be slaughtered and up to 40kg: 1 T Norman; 2 Chargot Estate; 3 R Takle. Best lamb other than native breed to be slaughtered and over 40kg: 1 J and G Howieson; 2 Chargot Estate; 3 A Schofield.
Best lamb carcass sired by and out of a native breed over 40kg: 1 FJ Hayes and Son; 2 M Atkins; 3 PJ and J Webber. Best lamb carcass sired by and out of a native breed up to 40kg: 1 FE Rawle and Son; 2 M Rawle; 3 FE Rawle and Son. Best live pure bred Exmoor Horn lamb to be slaughtered: 1 T Atkins and Sons; 2 M R Scott; 3 Mrs RA Atkin. Live Championship: J&G Howieson; Reserve champion: Chargot Estate. Best pair of lambs exhibited by YFC member: 1. Kirsty Howieson. Poultry Best dressed turkey: 1 West Somerset Community College (WSCC); 2 P Cole; 3 P Cole Best dressed Goose: 1, 2, 3 W Liversidge. Best dressed chicken: 1, 2, 3 P Cole. Champion: W Liversidge; Reserve champion: WSCC Provender Best seed hay: 1 M Britain; 2 R Norman; Best Meadow Hay: 1 PJ and J Webber; 2 A Schofield; 3 FE Rawle and Son; Best Clamp Silage: 1 PJ and J Webber; 2 A Schofield; 3 M Britain; Best bagged silage: 1 R Norman; 2 Mrs R Atkin; 3 PJ and J Webber; Best Haylage: 1 T Atkins and Son; 2 A Schofield; 3 RJ Harding; Best Three Roots: 1 MR Scott; 2 M Britain; 3 FJ Hayes and Sons. Best brown eggs: 1 T Parker; 2 Wellshead Farm; 3 FJ Hayes and Sons; Best white eggs: 1 FJ Hayes and Sons; 2 Wellshead Farm; 3 RJ Harding. Produce champion: PJ and J Webber (meadow hay); Reserve champion: MR Scott (three roots).