Over 380 head of cattle battled it out in National Spring Spectacular Show, held at the NBA Beef Expo, York Auction Centre – but there could only be one supreme champion.
The 17-month old is a Liscon Bigshow daughter is out of a Limousin cross dam and was bought from Bowen and Bowen, Welshpool, Powys last September. It was the first purchase by brothers, Cai and Dion, sons of Gywn Edwards.
Shown in the ring by Gwyn Edwards’ nephew, 15-year-old Rhidian, it was third in the baby beef class at the Welsh Winter Fair last year.
The Edwards family run 120 suckler cows and had the reserve baby champion with Miss Halfpenny at last year’s Beef Expo, which went on to be reserve supreme champion at Smithfield.
Supreme judge, Wilson Peters, Perthshire said: “It was an honour to judge stock of such high calibre.
I was looking for a high street butchers animal with a lot of tender meat. It needed to catch my eye as soon as it entered the ring and walk sweetly and correctly on parade."
“My champion was so correct. It had a beautiful top and bottom line, and was just that bit sweeter than the bullock in reserve.”
Taking the reserve position and leading the continental steer line-up was 14-month old Midnight Black from Trevor, Linda and Jonathan Lyon, Bourne, Lincolnshire.
No stranger to the show ring, it was first in it’s class at Smithfield, home-bred continental calf champion at the English Winter Fair and recently took continental champion at Newark Show at the beginning of May
The 580kg Ironstone Enigma son is out of a Thirwall Castle sired Limousin cross dam. It is half brother to the Limousin cross cow, Temptation – a prolific show winner for the Lyon family, taking continental championship at the Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh Shows and overall champion at the Beef Expo in 2013.
It goes home to join a herd of 45 suckler cows on farm.
Reserve continental heifer
Standing behind the champion in it’s class to take reserve continental heifer champion was the Show’s coordinator Julie Sedgewick and her husband Gordon, Aycliffe, Co. Durham with Priceless.
Weighing in at 511kg it was champion in the Baby beef section at LiveScot, Lanark Auction last November and has just taken continental champion at Otley Show.
Home-bred, it was shown by Hannah Brown and is out of a Limousin cross cow which sadly died during the birth of the heifer. It is by the family’s Limousin stock bull, Confluence Fadell, which was bought from Gavin Hogg, Scunthorpe at Carlisle Auction.
Due to compete at Northumberland and the Great Yorkshire Show, it joins a 100-head suckler herd at home.
Edwards’ success continues
Once again featuring in the championship line-up was Gwyn and Cai Edward with their 9-month old 430kg steer, Un Bach, taking reserve continental steer champion.
Led by Cai Edwards, it was bought in February from D.G. and E. Lewis, Pumsaint at this year’s North Wales Show Potential Sale, Ruthin for 2,800gns.
A son of the Limousin AI sire, Sharkley Fabio, it is out of a Limousin cross cow and will be back in the show ring during the winter shows.
Dominating the Native section was Philip and Beverley Robson, Consett, Co. Durham with their 580kg 13-month old steer, Diesel.
Home-bred, out of a British Blue cross Limousin cow and by the Galloway sire, Blackcraig Cordiak, it was first in its class at the Agri Expo, Carlisle last year.
The Robson family, who have 40 cows all bulled by AI, also secured reserve native champion at last year’s Beef Expo in Hexham with a steer by the same sire.
In reserve was the March-2013 born, Starburst, from George, Jackie and Thea Woollatt, Minehead, Somerset.
Home-bred, the 643kg heifer is out of a British Blue cross cow and by the Longhorn bull, Blackbrook Paga.
It was taking to the ring for the first time, and makes up the 120-head suckler herd, including 60 Longhorns at home.
Perthshire farmer, Craig Robertson judged the Baby beef section and gave his championship to Tecwyn Jones, Llanrwst, Conwy for his 10-month old heifer, Black Beauty.
Home-bred, it is by the AI Limousin sire Ronick Hawk and out of a British Blue cross Limousin heifer.
Mr Jones, who has 30 cows and 800 ewes at home, has secured the supreme championship title four times previously at the Beef Expo, and this is his second win in the Baby beef section.
Close behind in reserve was Phil and Sharon Sellers, Thorpe Tinley, Lincoln with the 382kg 9-month old steer, Rambo.
Out of a British Blue cross Limousin cow and by a British Blue Pengelly bull, it was bought privately from John Richardson, Dufton, Penrith in February last year.
Making it’s show debut at this year’s Expo, it will be kept until the winter shows, housed alongside the family’s 12-head show team.
Overall (Judge, W. Peters, Perthshire) Supreme, T.C. Edwards and Sons, Sooty (Continental heifer); reserve, T.A. and L.C. Lyon and Son, Midnight Black (Continental steer).
Native (W. Peters, Perthshire) Sup., P. and B.E. Robson, Diesel (Galloway cross); res., G. Woollatt, Starburst (Longhorn cross).
Continental steer (W. Peters, Perthshire) Sup., T.A. and L.C. Lyon and Son, Midnight Black (Limousin cross); res., T.C. Edwards and Sons, Un Bach (Limousin cross).
Continental heifer (W. Peters, Perthshire) Sup., T.C. Edwards and Sons, Sooty (Limousin cross); res., G. and J.A. Sedgewick, Priceless (Limousin cross).
Baby (C. Robertson, Perth) Sup., T. Jones, Black Beauty (Limousin cross); res., P. Sellers, Rambo (British Blue cross).
This year’s event saw the launch of The Future Beef Farmer Challenge. The individual winner receiving the Frank Nomber Perpetual Trophy was James Bonnar, from Northampton, aged 25, who works on his family’s beef and arable farm. The group prize and the Duke of Northumberland Trophy went to Askham Agrics, four first year students from Askham Bryan College, York, sisters, Emily and Amanda Watson from Durham, Becky Green from Derbyshire and Nicola Terry from Ripon.
The Auctioneers’ Handler Challenge competition is designed to see if Britain’s top auctioneers can show as well as sell. Judged by Charles Mills, show director of the Great Yorkshire Show, the inaugural challenge was won by Trevor Simpson, of Hexham and Northern Marts.