IT was an Irish one-two at Agri-Expo with the supreme and reserve champion beef rosettes heading across the water.
Top spot went to Bexy-Boo, a 16-month-old home-bred heifer for first time exhibitors, Robert and Leanne Workman and family, Larne, Northern Ireland, and shown by Eamon McGarry. Weighing 652kg, the daughter of Wilodge Vantastic out of British Blue cow Gabby, had been champion calf at the Allams show last year.
Judge Chris Pennie, Montgomery, said his champion was a tremendous well-balanced heifer with good fat cover and mobility but also great character.
In reserve was the steer champion, 14-month-old Jon Snow, exhibited by Dermot and Gareth Small, Kilkeel, Co Down. By the Limousin Calogale Irresistible, it was bought from John and Craig Robertson, Pitlochry, for £6,000 at the Thainstone Spectacular and is now based with the Gammie family, Lanark, and will next go to LiveScot.
Taking the reserve champion heifer title were Michael and Mark Robertson, Tomintoul, with June 2016-born Rachel, by the British Blue sire Stock Meryl Hugo which was bought privately from breeder Alistair Robson, Huntly.
Jimmy, a Limousin-cross by Keskadale Fame, claimed the reserve champion steer rosette for Sarah and Mark Harryman, Pickering. Bought from breeders M. and W. Richardson, Cockermouth, it has already been a big winner this year, including being named champion steer and reserve overall at Countryside Live.
Taking the baby beef championship for the first time was Tecwyn Jones, Llanrwst, with the home-bred January 2017-born heifer Little Mix. By the Limousin, Powerhouse Elite, it is out of Black Beauty, which was champion at the Royal Welsh and Smithfield Winter Fair. Little Mix has also won baby beef titles at Anglesey and Eglwysbach shows this summer.
Reserve champion was pedigree Limousin heifer Graham’s Nova, from Robert and Jean Graham, Bridge of Allan. By Kilcor Iceman out of Graham’s Coffee, which has bred bulls to 40,000gns, it will be sold at the Red Ladies sale, Carlisle, in December.
The champion and reserve continental sheep champion pairs then went to take the same placings in the overall championship. Heading the line-up were home-bred pure Beltex gimmers weighing 44kg apiece from Robert West, Stamford, (pictured) who was competing at the event for the first time.
Reserve were 35.5kg Beltex gimmers by a Deanbrow ram from Robert Garth, Bentham.
Judge Chris Wright, Boston, said his champions were the type of lamb he would buy, with good conformation, good fat cover and plenty of meat as well as being a matching pair.
Taking the hill-bred championship was Hugh Hamilton, Thornhill, with a pair of home-bred Blackface wethers weighing 41kg each.
The champion pair of lambs bred from a hill ewe were 45kg gimmers out of Herdwicks by a Texel ram from Ian Grisedale, Milnthorpe.
The Scottish Hereford Breeders Association national calf show championship went to T.D. and W.T. Livesey, Leicester, with their September 2016-born heifer Normanton 1 Enoki 5 P233, by Normanton 1 Laertes.
Reserve went to the 10-month-old bull Coley 1 Pilot, by Coley 1 Maverick from Heather Whittaker, Halifax