Christmas Primestock Sale – Ruswarp


This weekend I covered the annual Christmas primestock show and sale at Ruswarp Market in Whitby.

The event sees cattle and lambs being judged before being auctioned, often to local butchers who will sell the prime cuts of meat over the festive period.

The morning seems to be quite a social event for the farmers who attend, with a jovial attitude and smiles amongst the visitors.

When we buy meat from a butchers we tend to imagine the life of the cattle as them wandering freely on grass, and forget about this intermediate stage where they are paraded and prodded and priced.

Although the livestock were treated well it did make me think about the whole thing as a spectacle, is it a necessary part of the process from field to plate?

It wasn’t quite enough to turn me vegetarian, but certainly food for thought…