At Denbigh and Flint Show, a 10-year-old Jersey cross cow proved dairy strength and longevity can be enough to beat the strongest of pedigree competition.
The milker was the cross-bred champion, cow number 898 from Rhodri Ellis, who farms his dairy herd on Denbigh Showground.
Cross-bred champion at the show for the past three years, this was the first time the eighth calver, which last calved in February, has come up to take the dairy inter-breed title.
Reserve in the dairy section was the Holstein Arbennig Adventure Molly, from Rhys Williams, Anglesey. In its third lactation and fresh in June, it has been bred from 11 generations of VG/EX classified cows and was shown giving 50kg.
In the beef rings, a Charolais cross heifer from Anglesey farmers Robin and Eleri Roberts was tapped out by Will Owen, Criccieth, as inter-breed beef champion.
Fifteen months old and weighing 550kg, it has had a tremendous season, notching up victories at Anglesey and Eglesbach shows. By the stock bull Deunawd Kai, it stood above the reserve choice, the British Blue heifer Dyffryn Kracker from new entrant breeder Catrin Edwards, Llanrwst.
Champion at the Anglesey calf walk show in November, it was also champion British Blue at Staffordshire winter fair. Twenty-one months old and sired by Coalview Diesel, it was also part of the winning pair entry when teamed with another home-bred, Dyffryn Little Rascal.
Of his overall champion, beef judge Mr Owen said out of the presented field, it was the most correct and was ‘a great example of a commercial beast’.
The concluding sheep championships were split into two sections, with the first award being given to the lowland supreme choice.
This was a home-bred Beltex shearling gimmers from the Smart Ass flock from Dafydd Owen, Golygfa’r Dyffryn. Out of Woodies Rice Crispie, it is an ET daughter of the 4,200gns ram Woodies Storm. Born in February, it was the gimmers first big win of the season.
Reserve in the lowland supreme was Meirion Roberts, Llanrwst, with a February-born Charollais shearling gimmer, which was bought from Scotland’s Logie Durno flock last September.
Hill inter-breed victory was clinched by a two-shear Welsh Mountain Hill ram from Gareth Jones, Derby. Bought last year from Eifion Jones, Nebo, it was Welsh champion at Nantglyn Show.
A Speckled Face gimmer from Messrs Jones, Ceredigion, was reserve hill champion.
Pig champion was the boar Landhill Workman 215 from the Landhill herd of pedigree Welsh Pigs, based at Bwlchgwyn.
Inter-breed (Judge, I. Thomas, Pontardulas) Supreme., R. Ellis (Jersey cross); reserve, Mr Williams, Arbennig Adventure Molly (Holstein).
Holstein (M. Atkinson, Lancaster) Sup., Mr Williams, Arbennig Adventure Molly; res., Jones Family, Penbryn Llan.
Ayrshire (H. Batty, Derby) Sup., H. W. Oultram and Co, Stamford Plover; res., I. Hughes, unnamed.
Any other pure (J. Doherty, Shrewsbury) Sup., E. Hughes, Bayview Fantom March (Jersey); res., E. Hughes, JLC Governor Emma (Jersey).
Cross-bred (J. Doherty) Sup., R. Ellis (Jersey cross); res., R. Davies.
Inter-breed (W. Owen, Criccieth) Sup., R. and E. Roberts, Mini Me (Charolais cross); res., C. Edwards, Dyffryn Kracker.
Welsh Black (A.W. Thomas, Holyhead) Sup., H. Jones, Gwarcwm Eirliw 20; res., L. Foxwell, Rhyddid Wena.
Hereford (A.W. Thomas) Sup., G. Morgan, Fardre 1 Good Call B916; res., G. Morgan, Fardre 1 Maple M391.
Any other native (A.W. Thomas) Sup., L. Foxwell, Harlech Honey Suckle (Galloway); res., N/A.
Charolais (D. Wyllie, Tamworth) Sup., R.T. Roberts, Brynffanigl Marian; res. H.G. and J. Evans and Daughters, Congress Faberge.
Limousin (D. Wyllie) Sup., R.S. Whitley, Haulfryn Hooker; res., T. Jones, Garnedd LOL.
British Blue (D. Wyllie) Sup., C. Edwards, Dyffryn Kracker; res., W. Jones, Boomer J’Adore.
Simmental (D. Wyllie) Sup., C. and K. Martindale, Forsdale Daffodil; res., S. White, Tirley Heath Croft.
Any other continental (A.W. Thomas) Sup., H. Richardson, Lola.
Commercial (A. Davies, Carmarthen) Sup., R. and E. Roberts, Mini Me (Charolais cross); res., J. Williams, Black Pearl (Limousin cross).
Inter-breed (D. Beedy, Alderley) Sup., Landhill Pedigree Welshes’, Landhill Workman 215; res., Landhill Pedigree Welshes’, Landhill Nina 219.
Lowland inter-breed (A. Davies, Denbigh) Sup., D. Owen (Beltex); res., M. Roberts (Charollais).
Lowland ram lamb (A. Davies) Sup., Messrs Borsey and Sivill (Blue Texel); res., D. Owen (Beltex).
Lowland group (A. Davies) Sup., M. Roberts (Charollais); res., S. Jones (Beltex).
Hill inter-breed (B. Lloyd, Corwen) Sup., D. Jones (Welsh Hill); res., Messrs Jones (Speckled Face).
Hill ram lamb (B. Lloyd) Sup., Messrs Kimberley and Dawson,(Black Welsh Mountain); res., E. Roberts (Welsh Mountain).
Hill group (B. Lloyd) Sup., T. Williams (Welsh Mountain Hill); res., B. Jones (Speckled Face).
Welsh Mountain Hill (E.T. Williams, Dolgellau) Sup., G. Jones; res., T. Williams.
Welsh Mountain pedigree (D.W. Davies, Oswestry) Sup., D.A. Williams; res., Earle Family.
Black Welsh Mountain (G. Hughes, Caernarfon) Sup. and res., Messrs Kimberley and Dawson.
Jacob (J. Lewis, Welshpool) Sup. and res., T.W. and G.A. Jones.
Suffolk (M. Evans, Llanrhaeadr) Sup., A. Oare; res., E. Edwards.
Border Leicester (P. Johnson, Stoke on Trent) Sup., R.A. George; E.A. Price.
Bluefaced Leicester (M. Davies, Denbigh) Sup. and res., E. Owen.
Lleyn (N. Williams, Anglesey) Sup. and res., J. Hamer.
Beltex (P. Tippetts, Shropshire) Sup., D. Owen; res., S.C. Jones.
Charollais (A. Walton, Chester) Sup. and res., M. Roberts.
Shropshire (A. Schofield, Holmes Chapel) Sup., A. Harvey; res., O. Powell.
Any other Lowland (G. Davies, Abergele) Sup., Messrs Sivill and Borsey (Hampshire Down); res., Messrs Sivill and Borsey (Blue Texel).
Any other Hill (A. Vaughan, Bala) Sup., B. Jones (Welsh Hill Speckle Face); res., Early Family (not provided).
Kerry Hill (H. Jones, Powys) Sup. and res., G.A. Jones.
Badger Face (G. Tudor, Builth Wells) Sup., R. and J. Langford; res., M. Jones.
Greyface Dartmoor (A. Sturrock, Congleton) Sup. and res., E. Dawson.
Any other rare breed (P. Woodcock, Macclesfield) Sup., Messrs Rowlands (Llanwenog); res., J.G. Owen (Oxford Down).
Primitives (P. Woodcock) Sup., G. and A. Jones (not provided); res., L. Rawlins (Shetland).
Butchers lamb (J.B. Evans, Corwen) Sup., T. Griffiths; res., D. Roberts.