One couple swept the board clean by taking three awards home, something that has never been known before
In the first time in what is thought to be English Winter Fair history the title in the live sheep pairs, live to dead, and lamb carcase classes all went to the same exhibitor.
David and Linda Wadland, Daventry, Northampton, took the overall live sheep title with a pair of Texel lambs, which were sired by a Dutch Texel bred by David Prince.
Their winning carcase, a 23.4kg Beltex cross wether lamb, sold in the post-show sale, conducted by Bagshaws, for £8.60/kg (£209.24) to D. Prince, Ashover.
In the live sheep section runner-up was another pair of Texels, but this time from Robin Slade, Hereford. Sired by a home-bred Dutch Texel tup they went on to sell for £360/head (£8.04/kg) to Ivanhoe Livestock.
The pig section was also dominated by one exhibitor; Mark Horsley, Skirpenbeck, York, who took the live pig pairs, single pig and pork carcase title. The winning pair were two bacon weight Pietrain cross Landrace cross Duroc pigs, which was the same breeding behind the winning carcase.
The pair sold at £144/head (£1.57/kg) to John Penny and Sons, Rawdon, and carcase at £3.10/kg (£304.51) to D. Prince.
The winning single pig was a 94kg pure Pietrain, it sold at £255 (£2.71/kg) to D.R. Findlay, Leyburn.
In the cattle section the overall winner was a pedigree Limousin heifer, Iva, from Trevor, Linda and Jonathan Lyon of Bourne, Lincolnshire. The heifer was bought privately in November last year from breeder Ken Jones, north Wales. The Lyon family took the championship title in 2010 with Meat Loaf, another bred by Ken Jones. This year’s winner was the January 2013-born Overthwaite Ben daughter out of Garnedd Fame.
It went on to realise the sale top price of £5,700 (£8.70/kg) selling to B. and T. Kitson, Stockton-on-Tees, who has bought the champion for the last three years.
The reserve supreme was the cross-bred champion, More of That, a July-born heifer from Phil and Sharon Sellers, Lincolnshire. This Fieldson Alfy daughter, bought from Andrew Harrison, Great Asby, was recently runner-up at Agri-Expo and also supreme at Countryside Live.
In the pedigree section the runner-up was another Limousin heifer, Powerhouse Isadora, a Powerhouse Fusion daughter from Phil and Sharon Sellers.
Reserve in the cross-bred section went to another heifer, Black Beauty, from Messrs Harryman and Warriner, north Yorkshire. This Limousin-sired heifer went on to sell for £3,000 (5/kg) again to B. and T. Kitson.
In the cross-bred steer section the winner was the home-bred Stevie Gee from Neil Slack, Penrith, Cumbria. This one is by Fieldsons Alfy and out of a Limousin cross dam.
Reserve steer was a home-bred Limousin cross, Tickety Boo, on its first outing for Ben and Lee Pritchard, Longtown, Herefordshire.
Winner in the baby beef section was Dashing Lady, from Robert Miller, Northern Ireland, and shown by Luke Wilkinson, Leyburn. Mr Miller was exhibiting at the show for the first time, but has had previous success with the heifer with a reserve baby beef win at Agri-Expo.
Runner-up was the February 2014-born Pokerlicious, another from the Alford family. This win is hot on the heels of its championship success at Agri Expo.
The national calf show, being held for the first time, saw a strong entry led by a Limousin bull calf, Foxhillfarm Justthejob, take the title for the Alford Show Team, Cullompton, Devon. This home-bred January-born calf is by Loosebeare Fantastic and out of Bankdale Alice.
The bull will next travel to the East of England Smithfield.
The show judge, James Little, praised it for its ‘tremendous showring presence’ and cleanness through the body.
Runner-up was a September 2013-born Charolais heifer, Graig Goch Imogen, from Gerwyn Jones, Conwy. This heifer is by Burradon Talisman and is a full sister to the 55,000gns Thrunton Voldermort.