Preparations are shifting into high gear for the 2018 Winter Stock Festival, to be held at the East of England Showground in Peterborough.

The show will be held on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, and according to the organisers, the stalls are up and ready for livestock exhibition.

Those behind the show say that they are pleased with the number of entries this year, particularly with the increase in commercial lamb classes that will be attending.

There will be a large variety of events at the show this year, say organisers.

On Friday, the judging and sale of commercial cattle, lambs and pigs will take place, as well as the judging of lamb carcasses.

Friday will also see the College Challenge, where around 25 teams representing colleges from across the country will go head-to-head in a stock judging competition, an event the organisers say is “always hotly contested”.

On Saturday, the focus will turn to the baby beef commercial class and the pedigree stock, with the calf shows generally viewed as a highlight.

As well as that, the award for Young Stock Person of the Year will be presented in the afternoon.

For those who aren’t taking part, and who are just visiting, the organisers say that there is plenty lined up for them to do.

Visitors can see new machinery, learn about animal health, and explore new livestock equipment at the various stands and stalls that will be set up.

The event is free to enter with free parking.