At the end of a long day of showing at Agri-Expo the supreme beef championship was awarded to Tudur Edwards, Corwen, who was competing at the event for the first time with his home-bred, Limousin-cross heifer, Biwt.
November 2014-born and weighing in at 469kg it is by a Sauvignon-sired bull Mr Edwards bought from Andrew and Tom Davies, Llangadog and was baby beef champion at the Royal Welsh Show in July.
The judge, Glyn Howatson, Denbigh, said his champion was ‘a real butcher’s heifer at a handy weight which was showy and clean all the way through.’
In reserve spot was the steer champion, The Real McCoy, a home-bred 574kg Limousin-cross by Melbreak Hero, from Neil Slack and his nephew, Bradley Haughan, Penrith, which had been champion at Westmorland County and more recently reserve steer champion at Countryside Live.
Mr Slack also claimed the reserve steer title with another home-bred animal, the July 2014-born British Blue cross, Jumping Jack Flash, by Pengelly Elite.
Taking the reserve heifer championship was Lavish Alice, a 560kg Limousin-cross from John Williams, Blaenau Ffestingiog, which had been bought privately from S.J. Nixon, Wigton, in February.
In the baby beef section it was a triumph for Jennifer Hyslop, Girvan, with Black Beauty, a home-bred Limousin-cross heifer by Hunters Hall Gladiator, which had been reserve champion at Countryside Live.
The judge, David MacArthur, Nairn, said it caught his eye as soon as it went into the ring and was full of flesh and very stylish.
Lawson and Wilkinson, Leyburn, took the reserve championship rosette with their British Blue sired heifer, Americano by Feldom Gleo, which weighed in at 340kg.
The continental sheep champions, a pair of Beltex-cross lambs from James and Gillian Whiteford, Brampton, went on to take the supreme title. Weighing 45kg apiece, the home-bred ewe lambs are by Airyollond Naylor, bought for 10,00gns at Carlisle, out of Beltex cross Texel ewes.
Judge, Richard Henderson, Turriff, said they were an outstanding very well matched pair which were full of meat and handled very well.
April and Holly Skelton, Dalton, claimed the reserve continental and reserve overall title with their home-bred 48kg Beltex-cross ewe lambs which were the winners of the Young Farmers class.
Winners of the champion pair of hill-bred lambs was Hugh Hamilton, Dumfries, with his pair of home-bred Blackface wethers weighing 44kg apiece.
Ivanhoe Livestock, Bedale, claimed the championship for a pair of lambs out of a hill-bred ewe with Texel-sired lambs out of North Country Cheviot ewes, which were bred by Danny Brooke, Middleham.
Sheep (R. Henderson, Turriff)
Supreme and continental, J. and G. Whiteford; reserve and reserve continental, A. and H. Skelton.
Hill-bred lambs, sup., H.F. Hamilton (Blackface); res., A. Main (Cheviot).
Lambs out of hill-bred ewe, sup., Ivanhoe Livestock (North Country Cheviot; res., J. and D. Richardson (Herdwick).
Beef (G. Howatson, Denbigh)
Sup. and fem., T. Edwards, Biwt; res. and male, Slack and Haughan, The Real McCoy; res. fem., J. Williams, Lavish Alice; res. male, N. Slack, Jumping Jack Flash.
Baby Beef (D. MacArthur, Nairn)
Sup., J. Hyslop, Black Beauty; res., Lawson and Wilkinson, Americano.