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Heifers dominate lineups at Agri Expo

Heifers reigned supreme in the beef champion with the overall title going to J-Lo, a December 2014 born Norman Ely-sired heifer from JCB Commercials, Newtownards, Northern Ireland.


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J-Lo, a heifer from JCB Commercials lifts the supreme title at Agri Expo 2016.
J-Lo, a heifer from JCB Commercials lifts the supreme title at Agri Expo 2016.
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Heifers reigned supreme in the beef champion with the overall title going to J-Lo, a December 2014 born Norman Ely-sired heifer from JCB Commercials, Newtownards, Northern Ireland.

Bought from Peter Fagan for £1,100 at Hilltown in December 2015, it has

already been commercial champion at Balmoral and the Royal Highland shows and reserve supreme at the Limousin National show this summer.

Reserve was the reserve heifer champion, Honey Dime, by the Charolais sire, Carwood Elgin, owned and bred by Wilson Peters, Monzie. A big winner already this season, it next goes to LiveScot.

 

The judge, Jimmy Mulholland, Carlisle, said he was very impressed with the standard of cattle and it was very close for the supreme but his champion just had a little more class and had showed herself well from the word go.

 

Claiming the steer championship was May 2015-born Billy Whizz from Rachel Mudd and Craig Bentley, Thirsk. By the Limousin sire, Ananas, it was bought at Hexham market from Martyn Archer and was steer champion at the Great Yorkshire and the Limousin National show and inter-breed champion at Cleveland County Show.


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Queen B, by Liscon Bigshow from the Bowen family heads the baby beef championship.

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Billy Whizz from Rachel Mudd and Craig Bentley is steer champion.

The baby beef supreme championship went to the six-month-old pure Limousin heifer, Queen B, by Liscon Bigshow. Home-bred by the Bowen family, Welshpool who were winning at the event for the first time, it will next go to the English Winter Fair and then the WelshWinter Fair where it will be sold.

 

Cheeky Charlie, a five-month-old Charolais-sired steer from Ashley Bothwell, Ayr, took the reserve rosette. Bought at Caledonian Marts from Mosszone Farms, Cupar, Fife in September, it will go to LiveScot next.

HILL breeds dominated the sheep supreme with the top spot going the hill champions, a pair of home-bred Cheviot Hill wether lambs from C.R. Graham and Sons, Lockerbie, shown by Gordon and Innes Graham. Home-bred by a Gospelhall ram, they weighed in at 43kg a piece. Standing reserve was the reserve hill pair, the winning Blackface lambs from Hugh Hamilton,

Thornhill, Dumfries. Also wethers, they weighed 41kg each.

 

The judge, Haig Murray, head of procurement for Dunbia Scotland said both his champions and reserve were perfect examples of their breeds. He said: “While judging today I have been looking for 3L lambs which are suitable for processing in the UK. Lamb is a high price product. Fat costs the producer and the processor money and is not what the customer wants. Some of the lambs today have been overfat and over heavy.”

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A pair of home-bred Cheviot Hill wether lambs from C.R. Graham and Sons stand supreme sheep champions.

RESULTS

Beef

 

(J. Mulholland, Carlisle) Supreme and female, JCB Commercial, Jo-Lo; reserve and reserve female, W. Peters, Honey Dime; male, Mudd and Bentley, Billy Whizz; res. male, J. Hyslop, Tom Thumb.

 

Baby beef

 

(M. Durno, Ballindalloch) Sup., Bowen and Bowen, Queen B; res., A. Bothwell, Cheeky Charlie.

 

Sheep

 

H. Murray, Gretna) Sup and sup. hill bred, C.R. Graham and Sons; res. and res. hill bred, H. Hamilton.

Continental/Down lambs – Sup., R. Slade; res., M. Stewart.

Lambs bred from hill ewe – Sup., T.N. Cavers and Co; res., Ivanhoe Livestock.

Mule gimmer lambs – Sup. and res., J. Wilson and J. Dunning.

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