The winter show circuit kicked off at The Yorkshire Vet Countryside Live at Harrogate. Angela Calvert reports.
Taking the supreme beef championship was Foxhill Lady Gaga, a May 2016-born British Blue-sired heifer weighing 624kg from Mike, Melanie and Charlotte Alford, Cullompton, Devon.
Commercial champion at the Royal Welsh this summer, it was bought at Ruthin show potential sale in February from breeder, Trefor Jones, and is out of Lady Gaga, which when owned by the Alfords had great show ring success including champion heifer and reserve overall at Smithfield in 2009.
Judge, Chris Stubbs, Northwich said it was as near perfect a beast as he had seen for a long time.
Claiming reserve champion rosette was the steer champion, Jimmy from Sarah and Mark Harryman, Pickering. By the Limousin bull, Keskadale Fame, bred by Mr Harryman, it was bought from breeder, Willie Richardson, Cumbria. Wins this season include champion steer at Malton, reserve overall commercial at the Great Yorkshire Show and champion at Ryedale and Thornton-le-Dale.
The Lyon family, Bourne, Lincolnshire took the reserve heifer championship with home-bred June 2016-born Beau, by the Limousin, Ironstone Hornblower which was reserve champion at Royal Norfolk and Lincolnshire and a winner at the Great Yorkshire and the Royal Welsh. Reserve steer was Maximus, a 12-month-old home-bred son of Lodge Hamlet from Phil Price, Hay-On-Wye.
Heifers led the way in the baby beef section with the championship going to Jennifer Hyslop, Girvan, Ayrshire with Sexy and I Know It. Home-bred by the Limousin, Shire Apollo and April 2017-born, it weighed in at 258kg. Having been champion baby beef at Coylton Show earlier in the year, it next goes to Agri Expo.
The judge, John Mellin, Long Preston said his champion had caught his eye as soon as it entered the ring and was ‘a real show beast which was very correct on its legs.’
Standing second in the class to the champion and then going on to take the reserve overall title was Toffee, a home-bred June 2017-born heifer from Taylor Charlton, Penrith. By Emslies Galileo, it was a winner at Westmorland Show in September.
A pair of Blue Texel gimmers were the choice of judge, Paul Watson, Hellifield for the supreme sheep title. The continental champions weighing 46kg apiece were exhibited by Enfys Williams and bred by Jan Rodenburg. Mrs Williams who runs 15 Blue Texel ewes at Llangadog, Carmarthenshire and works for the NHS was competing at the event for the second time. Mr Watson said they were a fantastic pair, full of meat with minimal fat cover.
The reserve continental champion pair also stood reserve overall. These were pure Beltex by a ram bred by the late David Finlay from Martin and Val Brown, Leyburn which weighed 78kg for the pair.
The Browns also had the shortwool native champions, a pair of Suffolk cross Beltex wethers.
Syd Moore, Bedale claimed the Longwool championship with a pair of Wensleydale gimmers which had been bought from Walburn Hall Farm, Richmond and the reserve with a pair of Mules.
Baby Beef (J. Mellin, Long Preston) Sup., and fem., J. Hyslop, Sexy and I Know It; res. and res. fem., T. Charlton, Toffee; male, C. Jackson and S. Dunn, Buckfast; res. male, O.W. Williams, The Hulk.
Beef (C. Stubbs, Northwich) Sup. and fem., M. Alford, Foxhill Lady Gaga; res. and male, Warriner and Harryman, Jimmy; res. fem., T.A. Lyon, Beau; res. male, P. Price, Maximus.
Any Other Breed sired – Sup. and fem., Blondie (British Blonde) res. and male, R. Mudd and C.N. Bentley, Game Changer (British Blonde); res. fem., D. Parkin, Darcy (Bazadaise); res. male, G.C. Raper, Cookie (British Blonde).
Charolais-sired – Sup. and fem., R. and L. Roberts, Mini Me; res. and male, D.J. Thompson, Charlie; res. fem., J.E. Sheard, Sweet Pea; res. male, R. and L. Roberts, Gareth Bale.
Limousin-sired – Sup. and male, Warriner and Harriman, Jimmy; res. and fem., T.A. Lyon, Beau; res. male, H. Everett, Benny; res. fem., P. and S. Sellers, Starstruck.
British Blue-sired – Sup. and fem., M. Alford, Foxhill Lady Gaga; res. and male, H.L. Donaldson, Full Monty; res. fem., P. and S. Sellers, Lady Valentine; res. male, R.D. Anderson, Georgie Boy.
Native-sired – Sup., D.H. Plested, Red Dawn (Lincoln Red); res., D.J. Thompson, Mr Brightside (Aberdeen-Angus).
Exhibitor-bred – Sup. and fem., B.G. Price, Mouse; res. and res. fem., J.W. Stephenson, Blueberry; male, P. Price, Maximus; res. male, T.J. Commercials, Glen.
Sheep (P. Watson, Hellifield)
Sup. and continental – E.M. Williams (Blue Texel); res. and res. continental, A.M. and H.V. Brown (Beltex)
Sup. native shortwool – A.M. and H.V. Brown (Suffolk cross); res., A.L. Thompson (Suffolk cross).
Sup. Longwool – S. Moore (Wensleydale); res. S. Moore (Mule).
Sup., single butcher’s lamb, R. Hall and Son (Beltex cross); res., H. Heath (Beltex cross)