The annual National Beef Association event - Beef Expo - took place at Shrewsbury Auction Centre on Friday (May 18).
Hannah Park reports from the ringside...
Standing top of the supreme line-up in a quality show of commercial cattle was the champion female, a British Blue cross heifer from T.A. and L.C. Lyon and Son, Bourne, Lincolnshire.
This is the second win at Beef Expo for the Lyon show team, after first taking the top spot in 2013. Bred by J. Reed, Cumbria, it was bought privately and has been a regular on the show scene so far this year, taking first in its class at Countryside Live, commercial beef champion at Newark and reserve champion at Woodall Spa, Lincolnshire. Weighing 498kg, it was shown at 16-months-old.
Judge Neil Slack, Penrith, said: “This heifer stood out, with good lines and no waste. It was hard to fault, with good meat and a handy weight. The championship line-up was superb and there was not a lot between the top two.”
Taking reserve supreme was Phil and Sharon Sellers, Lincoln, with a 14-month-old Limousin heifer by Lodge Hamlet out of a Limousin cow.
Weighing 554kg, it was bought in November-2017 at the English Winter Fair. It will be heading to Lincoln, Norfolk and the Royal Welsh shows this summer.
Two heifers were called as supreme and reserve in the baby beef section, with judge Michael Alford, Devon, tapping out Morgan and Jones’, Llandovery, as his supreme champion.
Speaking of his choice, he said: “It was a very correct animal, with smooth lines and a lot of potential.”
The ninemonth-old Limousin cross heifer was bought privately and bred by B. Hughes, Lampeter. By a Limousin bull and out of a Limousin cross British Blue cow, it tipped the scales at 350kg and was making its show ring debut.
Standing reserve was Little Gem, from Phil and Sharon Sellers, Lincoln. Also on its first outing, the eight-month-old Limousin heifer was bred by P.J. and T.A. Jones, Powys, and was bought from the Ruthin Show Potentials sale.
Top steer in the baby beef classes went to Phil Price, Hereford, with Stormzy. The October-2017 born Limousin tipped the scales at 360kg.
Following the national commercial cattle show was the annual South Devon performance championships, judged by G.H. Tully, Brixham, Devon. Mr Tully is also a regular exhibitor with a herd of 90 pedigree South Devon’s at home.
He chose AI X Rufford Sas Quest from R.W. and S.M. Bostelmann, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, as his supreme champion.
January-2017-born, this homebred bull is by Rufford Sas Dillon and out of AI Z Rufford Erica and was onn its first outing. It will also be competing at the Shropshire and Suffolk shows this summer.
Speaking about his champion Mr Tully said: “This was a very correct bull, smooth fleshed and beautiful balance. An excellent type which will go on to breed very well the future.”
Taking reserve was Z Cilgwrrwg Cariad from Richard Hartshorn, Telford.
By Z Eyton Trusty 3, out of Cilgwrrwg Sas Xanthippe, the May-2017 born polled heifer is from six generations of homebred dams and was on its first outing.
It will be competing at the Shropshire and Cheshire shows.
Overall championship (N. Slack, Penrith) Supreme and female, T.A. and L.C. Lyon and Son, Ayanna (British Blue cross); reserve and reserve female, P. and S. Sellers, She's a Diva (Limousin); male, M. Alford, No Likey (Limousin cross); res. male, Wilkinson and Marwood, Marley (Limousin cross);
Baby beef (M. Alford, Devon) Sup., Morgan and Jones, Scarlet (Limousin cross); res., P. and S. Sellers, Little Gem (Limousin).
Inter-breed (G.H. Tully, Devon) Supreme and male, R.W. and S.M. Bostelmann, AI X Rufford Sas Quest; res. and fem., R.V. Hartshorn, Z Cilgwrrwg Cariad; res. male, M.E. and T.E. Broome, Z Welland Valley Comrade; res. fem., J. R. Hadley, Knightcote Ann 53.