WELSH exhibitors dominated proceedings at the 2016 Beef Expo held at the Agricultural Centre, Bakewell, claiming the champion and reserve titles and a host of first prizes.
Heifers took the overall supreme and reserve titles with the top spot going to Daisy Duke, by the British Blue cross Limousin sire, Hunters Hall Troy, from John Williams, Gwynedd. Bought privately from breeder, Stephen Nixon, Cumbria, the May-2015 born heifer weighed in at 450kg.
Judge, Phil Sellers, Thorpe Tilney, Lincolnshire, said he was looking for animal with style, movement and good on its legs. He said the champion had very good conformation and top line and just glided around the ring.
The home-bred Limousin-sired Hightown Girl from Tecwyn Jones, Llanrwst, stood reserve. By Hightown Dalgleish, out Black Beauty, which won numerous championships for the Jones’, the July 2015-born heifer was having its first outing.
The steer championship went to Andy Nichols and his son, Will from Wetley Rocks, Stoke-on-Trent, with 12-month-old, Dolphy Duke which weighed in at 520kg. By the Limousin sire, Mereside Godolphin, it was bought from the Robinson family, Hexham, privately and was a winner in the baby beef section at last year’s English Winter Fair.
Reserve was Sunny Bill, British Blue sired steer, from Elfed Williams. Sennybridge. April 2015-born and weighing 500kg it was bought from breeder, Rob Jones, Builth Wells, after winning at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair last year.
Evita, a September 2014-born heifer by the Beef Shorthorn bull, Hinstock Timothy, from R. Arfon Jones, Anglesey, which was a winner the 2015 Welsh Winter Fair, claimed the native championship.
In reserve was Rock On Ruby, a January 2015-born Galloway-sired steer from Neil Slack, Penrith.
Elfed Williams was also successful in the baby beef section taking the supreme title with Read All About It, bred by Wendy Morgan. Weighing 375kg and Limousin-sired out of a Limousin cross British Blue cow, it was bought for 7,900gns after winning the championship at the Ruthin Show Potential sale in February.
Judge, Christine Williams, Shifnal, Shropshire, said her champion had phenomenal width and power and was good on its legs but yet still maintained its femininity.
In reserve was the Aberdeen-Angus-sired July 2015-born heifer, Black Berry, from Robert Elias and daughter, Sioned, Garndolbenmaen, Gwynedd. Bought privately from Berwyn Hughes, Lampeter, in February, it weighed in at 355kg.