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2023 Fatstock Show Report

2023 Fatstock Show Report

South Molton Fatstock Show Market Report

This year’s annual Fatstock show, which was held on Sunday 3rd December, was once again a big hit to all entrants including local Farmers, Producers and Young Farmers alike. All classes were supported well and we would like to say thank you to all those who took the time and effort with each and every entry placed in to the sale. Each year a charity is chosen to raise funds for with this year’s choice being Care For Kids, North Devon. This is a charity which helps families with sick children in North Devon and supports the North Devon District Hospital Children’s Ward with enhancements.

The Pannier Market and Lorry Park were well supported and filled with a wide variety of exhibitors including those selling children's toys, photography, handmade gifts and jewellery as well as local Agricultural dealers and engineers, South Molton Vintage Rally Club to name a few. There were several local food and drink stalls selling wine, cider, local meats and cheeses, promoting everything that our wonderful local area has to offer.

Local demonstrators included The Sheep Show showcasing the importance of all things sheep, a local Farrier demonstrating the procedures of shoeing horses, Jonathon Waterer providing horse and cart rides around the town, plus a few others

Once again, there was a record attendance from the members of the public who we hope enjoyed the show as much as all of those who are involved in creating it. It certainly makes all of the effort worthwhile and is great to see so many interested in what the rural community has to offer.

We would like to say thank you to all of this year’s judges for all of the classes within the show. Their time and efforts given to the Fatstock show is greatly valued.

Prime Lambs

The trade was strong for all forward, with most pens selling approximately £5 per head above the normal market price. Champion Lambs went to Mr G Mills & Partners of New Hole Farm, Witheridge, with a pen of 5 continental x lambs at 45.6kg and sold for £140 per head. These lambs were bought by the judge, Dan Westmore, for Hopkins Abattoir, Taunton.


Once again, the class was well supported and plenty of people were looking to buy the carcasses. Champion was the 27.6kg carcass from Mr RH & GA (Roger) Morrish of Sherwood Farm, St Giles, Torrington which sold for £185, which was kindly donated by Mr Morrish to the chosen charity, Care for Kids, North Devon.

Prime Cattle

There was a good entry of cattle this year with a good number of buyers and our thanks to the judge, Mr Martyn Burrough, who also then went on to buy the Champion Bullock, a 19 month old Limousin x Heifer from Messrs PR & TJ Tucker of Woolmers Farm, Bickington at 565kgs for £1,977.50.

South Molton Fatstock Show will be held once again in 2024 on the first Sunday of December. We look forward to another successful and well supported event.