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French Kiss crowned supreme at East of England Smithfield

FRENCH Kiss, a 19-month-old Limousin-cross heifer from Frank Page, Northampton, lifted the supreme beef title at the East of England Smithfield Festival.



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French Kiss
French Kiss

By Heathmount French Connection, bought at Carlisle for 15,000gns out of a Limousin cross British Blue cow it was champion at Bucks County Show in the summer.

 

Although Mr Page won the beef carcase competition at the last ever Smithfield this was the first time he has shown live cattle at the event.

The champion sold for £6,400 to Chris Bustance, Spalding.

Reserve champion

Reserve champion

One place behind French Kiss right through the day was Millie, a British Blue cross heifer by Cromwell Gunner exhibited by Beth and Luke Wilkinson, Leyburn, which was reserve supreme and reserve overall and cross-bred heifer. It has also been reserve supreme at the English Winter Fair the previous weekend.

 

The steer championship was dominated by Jennifer Hyslop, Girvan, who took the top spot with Shake Not Stirred, a home-bred September 2014-born Limousin-cross by Shire Apollo which was also champion Limousin steer at Countryside Live. Standing reserve steer, from the same home, was Jack the Lad, a Limousin-cross by Powerhouse Elite which was bought from John and Mandy Smith-Jackson, Haltwhistle, at Kirkby Stephen mart in May.

 

The continental championship went to Tecwyn Jones, Conwy, with Brenmick Joy, an 18-month-old pedigree Limousin by Elite Forever Brill bred by J.M. Jones, Pen-y-Bryniau.

 

Foxhill Supersonic, a Galloway steer from Mike and Melanie Alford, Cullompton, took the native championship.

 

Baby Beef

Baby Beef

In the baby beef section it was a triumph for the native-sired champion, Double O Seven, owned by nine-year-old, Ali Wareham. Home-bred out of a Limousin-cross cow by a Galloway bull, it was also a winner at AgriExpo.

 

The judge, James Alexander, Co Antrim said it combined excellent breed characteristics of the Galloway with the shape of a continental and was very hard to fault.

 

Reserve was the continental champion, the pedigree British Blue, Bedgebury Kazo, by Ballygrange Dudley out of the imported cow, Emeraude de cras Avernas from Andrew Price, Maidstone, Kent, which had been a winner at the English Winter Fair.

 

 

sheep

sheep

In the sheep rings David and Linda Wadland, Aston le Walls, Northamptonshire took the supreme championship for the fourth time in five years.

 

Prepared by Kate Gunn, their winning pair of home-bred Beltex ewe lambs weighing 96kg by a Freckleton ram were champions at Countryside Live and won the ewe lamb class at the English Winter Fair. They went on to sell for £400/head to Harvey Heath, Derbyshire.

 

The judge, Roderick Runciman, Selkirk, said that although the standard of entries was very high his champions were in a league of their own, handling very well and should kill out well.

 

Reserve were a pair of home-bred Beltex wether lambs by a Northcop ram from John Hall and family, Dalston, Cumbria.

Pedigree calf show

Pedigree calf show

Herefords led the way in the pedigree calf show with the championship going to Blakesley 1 Kimberly. The January 2014-born daughter of Kinglee 1 E-Bay owned by P. and A.M. Riley, Towcester and shown by stockman, Edward Thompson, has been unbeaten on the summer circuit.

 

Sterling Bacardi’s Gigi, a Simmental heifer by Auchorachan ACDC from Boddington Estates, Cheltenham, took the reserve rosette.

 

Herefords were also triumphant in the team of three for the Duke of Norfolk Trophy with Rempstone 1 Foxwood V341 from M.J. Ludgate, Thame, Coley 1 Nova 351 from Heather Whitaker, Halifax and RTC 1 Midwest Tradition from Ryan Coates, Leicester.

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