James Alexander to judge legendary Smithfield Show

James Alexander is one of a select few commercial cattle men who has been appointed from Northern Ireland to judge at the legendary Smithfield Festival.
James Alexander is one of a select few commercial cattle men who has been appointed from Northern Ireland to judge at the legendary Smithfield Festival.
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There will be plenty to entertain everyone at this year’s East of England Smithfield Festival which has once again attracted a bumper entry of beef and sheep.

The event which takes place on Thursday and Friday 26th and 27th November has also signed up a large listing of trade stands ensuring that a wide and varied range of products and services will be represented.

The focus for this year’s Smithfield Festival in new technology and leading the way will be the inaugural live broadcast of the cattle judging and the auction.

“This is an exciting development for the show,” explains Northern Irish born director William Haire.

“Our new partnership with Melton Mowbray market has allowed us to introduce this new technology and allow anyone who is unable to attend, to still be involved.”

Mr Haire is not the only local person to be involved with this year’s Smithfield Festival. Randalstown based beef producer James Alexander is set to place the large entry of commercial beef cattle and calves.

This is a tremendous honour for Mr Alexander as to date only a small number of NI cattlemen have ever been asked to judge at Smithfield.

James comes well qualified for the job having bred the outright Smithfield Festival winner in 2014, in addition to an array of leading titles on the mainland and here locally in recent years.

For more information on the East of England Smithfield Festival including judging times and how to get there log onto www.eoesmithfield.co.uk