BRITISH Blue-sired heifers dominated the beef championships at Countryside Live judged by Mike Dickens, Milton Keynes.
The supreme beef title at Countryside Live went to Sally Lloyd, Leominster, with the home-bred, Minion, by Black N Blue Hotmail out of Ting Ting, a cow bred by John Richardson which weighed in at 495kg. It will next go to the South West Winter Fair.
The reserve rosette went to Luke and Beth Wilkinson, Leyburn, their home-bred Millie, which had been second in the class to the champion. It has already been a winner at Stokesley, Wensleydale and Osmotherley shows this year.
Mr Dickens, who awarded all the section championships and reserves to heifers said he was always taught that heifers had better carcases. Of his champion he said: “It had showiness and tremendous flesh for its size and size is matters. Butchers don’t want big cattle anymore as they need small joints. It is important we produce the type of cattle that butchers can sell otherwise customers will move on to other meats such as turkey.”
The steer championship went to another British Blue-sired animal, Smart-Arse, shown by Elfed Williams, Sennybridge. Weighing 528kg it was bought from Rob Jones, Brecon, at the show potential sale at Brecon market for £1650 and will now go to the English and Welsh Winter Fairs.
The Real McCoy, owned by Neil Slack and his six-year-old nephew, Bradley Haughan, Penrith, took the reserve steer title. By the Limousin, Millbrook Hero, it was champion at Westmorland County Show and champion male calf at Skipton’s Limousin Extravaganza in May.
The baby beef championship went to Messrs Lawson and Wilkinson, with Americano, a home-bred heifer by the British Blue bull, Feldom Gleo. Weighing 340kg it has been unbeaten so far this year winning at Stokesley, Pateley Bridge and Wensleydale shows.
Reserve was the second in the heifer class, Jennifer Hyslop, Ayrshire, with the 310kg home-bred, Black Beauty by the Limousin, Hunterhall Gladiator which was having its first outing. The steer class went to Neil Slack, with the home-bred Limousin sired, Mickey.
The judge, Adrian Roberts, St Clears, Carmarthenshire, awarded supreme sheep championship to David and Linda Wadland from near Daventry, with their pair of home-bred trimmed Beltex cross ewe lambs, prepared by Kate Gunn. Weighing 44kg apiece, they were the continental champions and one of the pair was also the winner of the single lamb class.
Mr Roberts said his champions were an exceptional, identical pair which were a prime example of today’s modern lamb requirements.
In reserve was Hannah Brown, Leyburn, with her home-bred Beltex cross ewe lambs which had been the winners of the YFC class. The pair, weighing 94.5kg, have already been big winners on the summer show circuit this summer.
Results Countryside Live 2015
Sheep (A. Roberts, St Clears)
Supreme and continental, D. and L. Wadland (Beltex cross); res. and res. continental, H. Brown (Beltex cross).
Native Shortwool, Sup and res., L. Thompson (Suffolk cross).
Native Longwool, Sup., R. and J. Flintoft (Scotch Blackface); res., K. Porteous (Mules).
Single butcher’s lamb, Sup., D. Wadland (Beltex cross); res., R. Hall and Son (Beltex cross).
Beef (M. Dickens, Milton Keynes)
Supreme and female, S. Lloyd, Minion (British Blue-sired); reserve and reserve female and best Yorkshire own and bred, L. and B. Wilkinson, Millie British Blue-sired, male, B.E. Williams, Smart-Arse (British Blue-sired); res. male, Slack and Haughan, The Real McCoy (Limousin-sired).
Any other continental breed-sired - Sup. and fem., C.J. Cropper and J.A. Mellin, Millhouse Magic (British Blonde-sired); res. and res. fem., J.W. Stephenson, Bordley Blondie (British Blonde-sired); male, W. Hardy and Sons, Diesel (British Blonde-sired); res. male, J.A. Stoney and Son, Big Lad (British Blonde-sired).
British Charolais-sired - Sup. and fem., P. and S. Sellers, Eyecatcher; res. and res. fem., B.G. Price, Lucky’s Girl; male, A.J. White, Wombat; res. male, Turnbull family, Hired Gun.
British Blue- sired - Sup. and fem., S. Lloyd, Minion; res. and res. fem., L. and B. Wilkinson, Millie; male, B.E. Williams, Smart-Arse; res. male, P. and S. Sellers, Rambo.
British Limousin-sired - Sup. and fem., M. Harryman and S. Warriner, Red Hot Honey; res. and res. fem., C.J. Cropper and J.A. Mellin, Queen Bee; male, J. Hyslop, Shaken Not Stirred; res. male, A.J. White, Duvel.
Native-sired - Sup. and fem., Fairburn family, Nanny McPhee (Aberdeen-Angus-sired); res. and male, P. and E.B. Robson, Diesel (Galloway-sired).
Exhibitor bred - Sup. Slack and Haughan, The Real McCoy; res., J.W. Stephenson, Bordley Sparkle.
Sup. and fem., Messrs Wilkinson and Lawson, Americano; res. and res. fem., J. Hyslop, Black Beauty; male, N. Slack, Mickey.