17 December 2015

Students at Brooksby Melton College won first prize in the Uppingham Fatstock Show and Sale last month.

The annual show is one of the most prestigious events in the town’s calendar and sees farmers coming together to show off the best of their livestock with the aim of encouraging people to buy British produce.

The winning students from Brooksby Melton College are studying the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture. In preparation for the show, the students selected three pigs from the college’s herd of Pedigree Welsh pigs that they believed best represented the breed standards, and that stood out as butcher’s pigs.

Getting involved in events such as the Uppingham Fatstock Show and Sale gives the students the opportunity to test their own knowledge in picking out prize winning stock, and also allows them to network with other farmers from their local community, and learn from their experience.

The show, held in Rutland, has been held annually since the weekly Fatstock market finished in 1951, cancelled only by war and the two national out-breaks of the foot and mouth epidemic.

The show attracts thousands of visitors to Rutland’s Market Square each year, with this year’s show also being shown on a live web feed.

Brooksby Melton College is an emfec member and its agriculture courses are taught across the college’s 850 acre estate, which includes the working farm Hall Farm, with land for both arable and livestock farming.