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Rizzo claims Welsh Winter Fair top honours

Crowds gathered on what was Royal Welsh Winter Fairs 30th anniversary to see the Limousin sired heifer champion, Rizzo, take the overall championship in the cattle judging.

Overall cattle and heifer champion, Limousin sired Rizzo, from Messrs Wilkinson and Marwood.
Overall cattle and heifer champion, Limousin sired Rizzo, from Messrs Wilkinson and Marwood.

Exhibited by Messrs Wilkinson and Marwood, Leyburn, the 600kg Netherhall Jackpot daughter was bred by P. and A. Jarman, Workington, and bought from Carlisle mart in March.


Tapped out by judges Eddie Morgan, Carmarthenshire, and Richard Wright, Somerset, the June-2018 born heifer is out of a British Blue cross dam and has remained unbeaten in its class on the local show circuit this summer, more recently taking firsts at Countryside Live and Agri-Expo.


Later in the day, a packed ringside looked on as the heifer sold for £10,800 in the post-show auction, with the hammer falling to Mark Webster, of R.G.B Webster and Sons, Rhyl. Rizzo was just one of 24 animals that Mr Webster bought during the fair, spending in excess of £47,000 at the Tuesday afternoon auctions.


Heifers continued to lead the charge, with the reserve overall rosette going to the reserve heifer champion, Beulah Ottie, from Ifan Phillips, Newcastle Emlyn.


Weighing in at 553kg, the May-2018 born Limousin heifer was bred by M.J. and J.M. Price of Beulah Limousins, Powys, and was bought privately in April.


By Gunnerfleet Hicks, Ottie was also tapped out as pedigree Limousin champion at the Welsh fixture to add to its undefeated record at seven of Mr Phillip’s local shows this summer.

It was later unsold at £4,500 in the post-show sale.

Reserve overall cattle and reserve heifer champion, Beulah Ottie, from Ifan Phillips.
Reserve overall cattle and reserve heifer champion, Beulah Ottie, from Ifan Phillips.
Baby beef champion, Limousin sired Treacle, from R.W. and L.A. Jones.
Baby beef champion, Limousin sired Treacle, from R.W. and L.A. Jones.

Leading the steer section was a home-bred Charolais cross, Elvis, from Samantha Williams, Brecon, whose family have made the trip to Builth Wells to exhibit every year since the shows inception 30 years ago.


The October-2018 born animal was part of a four-strong team at the show, and, weighing in at 610kg, it took the title on its second outing, to mark the families sixth reserve championship placing at the winter fair.


Reserve steer champion was Limousin sired Firecracker, bred and exhibited by E.H. Pennie and Son, Montgomery. December-2018 born, it was shown weighing 506kg.


In the baby beef championship, R.W. and L.A. Jones, Builth Wells, took the title with their heifer champion, Treacle. Home-bred by a Limousin sire, it was born in March this year and was brought out for its first show by Robert Jones weighing 336kg.


Reserve in the baby beef line-up was the reserve heifer champion, Black Ice, bred and exhibited by Owen Phillips, Herefordshire.


Weighing in at 290kg, the April-2019 born heifer is by British Blue sire Stoneleigh JustDoIt, and was also being shown for the first time.


In the sheep rings, it was a day to remember for Ioan Jones, Llanelli, who took away several rosettes cumulating with the overall championship pairs title for his Butchers weight champions, a homebred pair of Beltex’ ewe lambs by a Bojangles tup.


Weighing a combined 82kg, the pair later sold for £520 per head to Owen Watkins and Rachel Gittoes, Hay-on-Wye.

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Overall sheep champion pair, Beltex ewe lambs, from Ioan Jones, Llanelli.


Overall pig champion pair, Pietrain cross Welsh, from Myrddin James, Ceredigion.

Other wins included the native hill championship with a pair of Beulah Speckled Face lambs, bred by Gareth Vince Jones, Carmarthen.


Reserve in the pairs championship for a second year running were brothers Jamie and Richard Jerman, Herefordshire, this time a pair of Beltex weighing 47kg each.


Taking the title on what was their second year exhibiting at the event, the lambs had previously claimed the pure continental section championship.


In the pig rings, Myrddin James, Ceredigion, swept the board after taking the individual and pairs championship with Pietrain cross Welsh pigs which were on their first outing.


Showing with his wife, Nerys, and daughters Bethan and Ffion, the family keep about five sows and are regular exhibitors, taking the pairs prize last year and singles title in 2017.


Reserve in both the single and pairs championships were home-bred Welsh pigs from Huw and Ela Roberts, Gwynedd, who keep about 40 Welsh sows at home.

In the lamb carcase singles competition, the champion was a Beltex from B. Blanford and Sons, Ledbury, the E3L, 23.7kg carcase later sold for £2,500.

The reserve was a 22.2kg Beltex cross carcase from Hywel Williams, Llangadog.


A pair of Dutch Texel cross lambs from Mike Carter, Newent, took the overall championship in the carcase pairs competition, with reserve going to a pair of Beltex crosses from Jamie and Richard Jerman, Herefordshire.


Native cha

Native and Hereford champion, Beefbox, from Tom and Di Harrison, Northumberland, and Steven O'Kane and Helen Morgan, Powys. It went on to sell for £2.75/kg to Dovey Valley District Meats, Powys, killing out at 64 per cent and graded U+4H.

Cattle results

Championship (Judges, E. Morgan, Carmarthenshire, and R. Wright, Somerset) Supreme and heifer, Messrs Wilkinson and Marwood, Rizzo (Limousin cross) reserve and res. heifer, I. Phillips, Beulah Ottie (Limousin); steer, S. Williams, Elvis (Charolais cross); res. steer, E.H. Pennie and Son, Firecracker (Limousin cross)

Baby beef (C. Longton, Cheshire) Sup. and heifer, R.W. and L.A. Jones, Treacle (Limousin cross); res. and res. heifer, O. Phillips, Black Ice (British Blue cross); steer, S. Dick, Rumour Has It (British Blue cross); res. steer, C. Davies (British Blue)

Native (R. Wright and E. Morgan) Sup., Morlaee Herefords, Beefbox (Hereford); res., E. Evans a’i Gwmni, Beddycoedwr Banner (Welsh Black).

Welsh Black (R. Wright and E. Morgan) Sup., E. Evans a’i Gwmni, Beddycoedwr Banner, res., A. and R.C. Williams, Mynach Cai 30.

Limousin (R. Wright and E. Morgan) Sup., I. Phillips, Beulah Ottie; res., Edwards Brothers and B.E. Williams, Blackwater Oasis.

Hereford (R. Wright and E. Morgan) Sup., Moralee Herefords, Beefbox; res., T.D. and W.T. Livesey, Normanton 1 Ink Cap


Sheep results

Championship (C. Anderson, Dumfries) Sup. I. Jones (Beltex); res., J. and R. Jerman (Beltex)

Pure native hill and upland (M. Brown, Carmarthenshire) Sup., I. Jones (Beulah Speckled Face); res., D. Jerman, (South Country Cheviot)

Pure Welsh Mountain (R. Lewis, Powys) Sup., C., A. and R. Joseph (Badger Face Torddu Welsh Mountain); res., D. Davies (Llandovery White Face).

Cross-bred (E. Lewis, Pembrokeshire) Sup., E. and K. Jones and Hovers (Charollais cross Welsh); res., N Dillon.

Pure lowland (E. Lewis) Sup., H. and L. Jenkins (Llanwenog); res., H. Jerman.

Pure continental (A. Windsor, Whitland) Sup., J. and R. Jerman (Beltex); res., E. Williams (Beltex).

Butchers weight (A. Windsor) Sup., I. Jones (Beltex); res., R. Garth and S. Priestley (Beltex)

Carcase individual (W. Randall, Pontypool) Sup., B. Blanford and Sons (Beltex); res., H. Williams (Beltex cross).

Carcase pairs (P. Houldey, Gloucestershire) Sup., M. Carter (Dutch Texel cross); res., J. and R. Jerman (Beltex cross).

Pig results

Individual (D. Partridge, Bromsgrove) Sup., M. James (Pietrain cross Welsh); res., H.D. and E.M. Roberts (Welsh)

Pairs (D. Partridge) Sup., M. James (Pietrain cross Welsh); res.,H.D. and E.M. Roberts (Welsh)

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