See gallery and video from the Gilten Market at Lake Farm

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Isle of Wight and mainland farmers gathered at Lake Farm in Rookley on Monday morning (November 26) for the annual Gilten Market.

Farmers bring their cattle and sheep to be judged and auctioned off ready for Christmas every year.

The winner of the competition is then crowned “best beast” and is painted gold by the High Sheriff before auction.

Richard Dennis of Borthwood Farms, Alverstone, was the owner of the “best beast”.

He said: “It’s a great honour to come here and to win is a fantastic achievement. We put a lot of work into it — we’ll start preparing for next year’s event in January.”

Finished Cattle were on show
A great rural experience for all, young and old
High Sheriff Gioia Minghella-Giddens gilds the “best beast”
The Gilten Beast and the High Sheriff
Richard Dennis of Borthwood Farms, Alverstone, was the owner of the best beast
Woah!
“Come on now Bessy!”
An unknown assailant accosts the High Sheriff
The best beast on show

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