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Irish farms take top honours at Agri Expo

IT was an Irish one-two at Agri-Expo with the supreme and reserve champion beef rosettes heading across the water.



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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.

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Reserve champion and steer victor was Jon Snow from D. Small.

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Baby beef champion, Little Mix from Tecwyn Jones.

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Reserve baby beef champion is Graham's Nova from Robert and Jean Graham.

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Reserve heifer was Micheal and Mark Robertson with Rachel.

Sheep

Sheep

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.

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The champion pair of lambs bred from a hill ewe gimmers from Ian Grisedale.

North West Simmental Club’s calf show

North West Simmental Club’s calf show

The championship went to David Lowry, Lanark, with Thursford Hero 16 by Scotland Hill Cairo 11.

 

Reserve champion rosette was Michael Barlow, Croston, with the home-bred April 2017-born bull Denizes Impressive 17 by Denizes Fantastic 14.

Aberdeen-Angus winter show

Aberdeen-Angus winter show

Champion was the 20-month-old bull McCornick Kerry’s Boy S215, from Martin McCornick, Newton Stewart. By McCornick Kedge M797 from Martin McCornick, Newton Stewart.

 

Reserve was Stouphill Patsy S152, a March 2016-born heifer by Duncanziemere Jigsaw N087 from William Allen, Alnwick.

Border British Blue Club calf championship

Border British Blue Club calf championship

This went to Roly Carr, Capheaton, with the November 2016-born heifer Homilton Lottie by Heros du Peroy.

 

Bordley Maltesers, a 10-month-old heifer by Tanat Harlequin, took reserve for John Stephenson, Skipton.

Scottish Hereford Breeders Association Show

Scottish Hereford Breeders Association Show

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

Beef Shorthorn Calf Show

Beef Shorthorn Calf Show

Shawhill Leroy, a March 2017-born bull calf by Shawhill Henderson won the Beef Shorthorn championship for Thomson Roddick and Lawrie, Lockerbie.

 

In reserve was Tracy Severn, Halifax, with Highlee Lenny, a January 2017-born bull by Poyntington Himself.

 

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