THE beef inter-breed title went to the Herefords with the November 2013-born bull, Normanton 1 Laertes, from Will Livesey, Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire.
This home-bred bull is by Romany 1 Distiller, and out of Normanton 1 Jews Ear, which was the 2011 Hereford female of the year.
The bull, part of the Livesey’s 70-cow herd, was male champion at Shropshire County show, and was shown as a calf in 2014 where it took the breed’s calf championship at Agri Expo. He will next travel to Builth Wells for the Royal Welsh Show.
Runner-up in the inter-breed judging carried out by Gerald Smith, Laurencekirk, was a Limousin cow with her heifer calf at foot.
Whinfellpark Glittered, from the Jenkinsons, Penrith, Cumbria, is by the 50,000gns Wilodge Cerberus, and was inter-breed winner at Cumberland show. Her heifer calf is an April-born Foxhillfarm Jasper daughter.
This was the first time the Jenkinsons, who run a herd of 120 cows, had taken the Limousin breed title at the Highland. The cow and calf will next head to the Limousin’s National Show at Carlisle later this month.
British Blues won the inter-breed team of four competition, and the winning group included the breed winner – Springhill Golden Girl, from Sam Martin, Newtownards, Co Down. This Gitan Du P’Tit Mayeur daughter, along with her calf at foot, was recently inter-breed winner at Balmoral Show.
The junior inter-breed competition was won by a Simmental bull, Corskie Gingersnap, from W.J. and J. Green, Fochabers, Morayshire, and bought out by stockman, Robert Taylor. This was the first time out for the January 2015-born bull, which is a son of the 45,000gns UK record price bull, Bel Dhu Capercaillie, bought by Corskie Simmmntals and Smallburn Farms in February 2013.
Reserve prize went to another bull, this time a 13-month-old Limousin – Foxhillfarm Lord of the Ring, from Michael and Melanie Alford, Cullompton, Devon. This one has previously taken the inter-breed title at Devon County, the male tile at Cornwall, and will next head to the Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh shows.
The Charolais winner was Wissington Jocasta, a two-year-old in-calf heifer from John and Jenny Rix, Colchester, Essex, who was showing at the Highland for the first time. Jocasta was by a stock bull, Thrunton Galaxy, which was a 12,000gns Stirling purchase. She was reserve inter-breed at this year’s South Suffolk, and Suffolk shows, and took the championship titles at Hadleigh and the South of England shows. She was heading to the Royal Norfolk, and will finish her season at the Livestock Event.
John Finlay, Castle Douglas, won the Galloways with 2010-born bull, Blackcraig Sid, which was being shown for the first time. He is out of Finmac Libby, herself a Royal Highland champion three years ago. His sire is Blackcraig Nimrod, which has bred heifers which sold up to 4,000gns in February this year.
Inter-breed (Judge, G.W. Smith, Laurencekirk) Supreme, T.D. and W.T Livesey, Normanton 1 Laertes (Hereford); reserve, A.W. Jenkinson, Whinfellpark Glittered (Limousin).
Inter-breed junior (M. Robson, Ballyclare) Sup., W.J. and J. Green, Corskie Gingersnap (Simmental); res., M. and M. Alford, Foxhillfarm Lord of the Ring (Limousin).
Inter-breed team (G.W. Smith) Sup., E.C. Haste, Cromwell Ironman; S. Martin, Springhill Golden Girl; K. Watret, Solway View Illusion; K. Watret, Solway View Jessie (British Blue); res., S. Wilkins, Beautry Excalibur; J. Porter, Uppermil Secret Sandra, Uppermill Blythsome Jana, Uppermill Gipsy Robyn (Beef Shorthorn).
Inter-breed native breeds team (V.J. Wallace, Garvagh) Sup., J.M. Cant and Partners, Panmure 1 Plum; W. and R. Kemp and Sons, Auckvale Lively; T.D. and W.T. Livesey, Normanton 1 Laertes (Hereford); res., J. Porter, Uppermill Blythsome Jana, Uppermill Gipsy Robyn; S. Wilkins, Beautry Excalibur (Beef Shorthorn).
Inter-breed pairs (J.K. Goldie, Dumfries) Sup., J. Rix, Wissington Jocasta; J. Irvine and Son, Kilbline Instigator (Charolais); res., M. Smith, Springhill Golden Girl; E.C. Haste, Cromwell Ironman (British Blue).
Beef Shorthorn (I.G. Neish, Forfar) Sup. and male, Glenrinnes Farms, Chapelton Ensign; res. and female, H. Horrell, Podehole Rita Devine; res. male, J. Porter, Uppermill Gladiator; res. fem., J. Porter, Uppermill Gipsy Robyn.
Aberdeen-Angus (J.R. Taylor, Errol) Sup. and fem., D. Rankin, Retties Lady Ruth; res. and male, G.R. Brooke, Fenland Myprize; res. fem., S. Dick, Weeton Evora; res. male, J. Lascelles, Balmachie Rodger.
Galloway (D. Gall, Lockerbie) Sup. and male, J. Finlay, Blackcraig Sid; res. and fem., Troloss Farms, Troloss Jackie; res. male, J. and S. Ross, Turbo Tam of Nether Cleugh; res. fem., J. and S. Ross, Beauty 1437 of Romesbeoch.
Belted Galloway (S. Renton) Sup. and fem., A.F. Bell, Broadmeadows May the 30; res. and male, C.S. Fletcher, Barwise Javalin; res. fem., J. and Z. Kirk, Huntfield Opal; res. male, A.F. Bell, Broadmeadows Jamie.
Highland (J. McConachie, Grantown-on-Spey) Sup. and fem., Glasgow City Council, Una Ruadh 49 of Pollok; res. and res. fem., K.C.R. Howman, Maireared Stuamaig 2 of Borland; male, Messrs Lawrie and MacNaughton, Bein Gael of Earn; res. male, J. and C. McKechnie, Dochie 1 of Gartocharn.
Hereford (D. Wyllie, Tamworth) Sup. and male, T.D. and W.T Livesey, Normanton 1 Laertes; res. and fem., J.M. Cant and Partners, Panmure 1 Plum; res. male, J.M. Cant and Partners, Panmure 1 Mumford; res. fem., J.R.B. Wilson, Romany 1 Lucy.
British Charolais (I. Millar, Stirling) Sup. and fem., J. Rix, Wissington Jocasta; res. and res. fem., J. Irvine and Son, Ballindalloch Favour; male, J. Irvine and Son, Kilbline Instigator; res. male, A. MacPherson, Blackford Leonardo.
British Simmental (N. Robson, Ballyclare) Sup. and fem., M. Barlow, Auroch Eve; res. and res. fem., J.H. and V.G. Wood, Popes Princess Cleo; male, W.J. and J. Green, Corskie Gingersnap; res. male, D. and R. Durno, Team Fergus.
British Limousin (S.D. Illingworth, Lockerbie) Sup. and fem., A.W. Jenkinson, Whinfellpark Glittered; res. and res. fem., Messrs Jessop and McBeath, Poolehail Iris; male, M. and M., Alford, Foxhillfarm Lord of the Ring; res. male, R. and J. Graham, Grahams Lorenzo.
British Blonde (R. Kinnish, Shropshire) Sup. and male, M. Donaldson, Donaldson Jupiter; res. and fem., L. Laird and Sons, Whitefield Freya; res. male, L. Laird and Sons, Gala Earth Quake; res. fem., A. Stott, Hilltop Jackie.
British Blue (A. Wilkinson, Penrith) Sup. and fem., S. Martin, Springhill Golden Girl; res. and res. fem., J.K. Manson, Graymar Halle; male, E.C. Haste, Cromwell Ironman; res. male, I. Wainwright, Sheehills Inspiration.
Salers (N.R. Barclay, Banchory) Sup. and fem., J. and J.E. Elliott, Drumlegagh Galaxy; res. and male, E.A. Elliott, Drumlegagh Hamish; res. fem., E.A. Elliott, Drumlegagh Kyra; res. male, R. Livesey, Cleuchhead Knight.
Commercial (W. Hunter, Insc) Sup. and fem., J.C.B. Commercials, J-Lo; res. and res. fem., J. Smyth, Mini Mojo; male, J. Mackay, Woopie; res. male, B. Duffton, Tricky Dickie.