OVER 200 cattle took part in the commercial beef classes held at this year’s Beef Expo which took place at North West Auctions, Kendal and with a mixture of seminars and trade stands too they promised something for everyone. Hannah Noble reports.
The overall championship was a mirror image of the female line-up with John Williams’ champion Limousin heifer, One and Only, taking the supreme honours.
The home-bred yearling is by Waindale UFO, and out of a pedigree Limousin dam by Huntershall Filleppe. The heifer resides in Mr Williams’ 20-strong suckler herd in Gwynedd and was champion at Nefyn show.
In reserve was Queen of Hearts, a home-bred heifer from Jennifer Hyslop, Girvan, Ayrshire. The 12-month-old Limousin cross, again by Waindale UFO is out of a Charolais cross cow by Carradale Neptune which was one of Miss Hyslop’s first show cows. Queen of Hearts was first at Countryside Live in October and at the East of England Show. It will go on to show at The Royal Highland and the Great Yorkshire Show.
The steer championship went to Doodle Bug from Alister and Elizabeth Vance, Newton Stewart and was shown by daughter Amy. By Lodge Hamlet, the steer was bought from the Welsh Winter Fair in December for £1,200 from D.S. and C.M. Edwards, Gwynedd. Out of a Limousin cross cow, the May 2018-born steer weighed 510kg and had already been placed first in the steer class at Ayr show.
Taking the reserve steer title was Dark Destroyer, a Limousin cross from Michael Rowlands, Llanidloes. The 13-month-old steer by a German Limousin bull, was bought at the Brecon show potentials sale in February for £1,650 from D.E. and G. Davies, Builth Wells. Mr Rowlands will now take the steer on the full show circuit this summer.
Leading the baby beef championship was Spice Girl, and 11-month-old Limousin cross heifer from G.H. and A.H. Roberts, Anglesey. By Pengelly Bart, the 413kg heifer was bought from Ruthin in February for £3,200 from J.M. and A.M. Lewis, Llanwrda and has already scooped the light heifer prize at Nefyn show in May. It will be heading to the Royal Welsh show this year where the family won the commercial championship last year with Dream Girl.
Shakira, a July 2018-born Limousin cross heifer took the reserve baby beef sash. Owned and exhibited by Wilkinson and Marwood, Leyburn the 342kg heifer was bought from the Hexham show potentials sale in March from John Smith Jackson, Haltwhistle. By Wacko Jacko and out of a Limousin cross cow, the heifer will go on to show at Wensleydale show later in the summer before heading round the winter fatstock show circuit.
Beef Expo is also home to the South Devon performace championships, and top honours went to the male champion, AI Rufford Reggie, a yearling bull from R.W. and S.M. Bostelmann, Eccleshall, Staffordshire.
It was the first time out for the home-bred bull by Edmeston Homer 1 which is half-brother to last year’s supreme champion, Rufford Quest.
The judge, Mervyn Rowe, Liskeard, Cornwall, said: “Reggie is a well-grown bull, with good bone structure and topline. He is full of breed character and his EBV’s matched his conformation well.”
Reggie, who resides within Mr Bostelmann’s 22-strong herd, will go on to show at Shropshire Show next week, the Great Yorkshire show and the Royal Welsh Show later in the season. Mr Bostlemann also took the female championship with yearling heifer, Rufford Brownie 4.
The performance championships are based on a blend of inspection and performance figures, apart from the overall championship where it is based solely on inspection. Taking the reserve spot was the reserve female champion, Z Cilgwrrwg Cas from Richard Hartshorn, Telford.
The two-year-old heifer by Z Eyton Trusty, is in-calf to AI sire, Hawkley Javelin and goes back to one of the herds foundation cows, bought in 1988. The heifer is in the top one per cent for growth rates and in the top five per cent for milk, which Mr Hartshorn says is important to him. It will go on to show at Shropshire show, and the South Devin National show at the Royal Welsh Show.
Overall championship (G. Scott, Linlithgow) Sup and fem., J. Williams, One and Only (Limousin cross); res. and res., fem., J. Hyslop, Queen of Hearts (Limousin cross); male, A. and E. Vance, Doodle Bug; res. male, J.M. and S.M. Rowlands, Dark Destroyer.
Baby Beef (T. Edwards, Conwy) Sup., G.H. and A.H. Roberts, Spice Girl; res., Wilkinson and Marwood, Shakira.
South Devon performance championship (Judge, M. Rowe, Liskeard) Supreme and male, R.W. and S.M. Bostelmann, Rufford Reggie; reserve and res. female, R.V. Hartshorn, Cilgwrrwg Cas; fem., R.W. and S.M. Bostelmann, Rufford Brownie 4; res. male, Roden Livestock, Brafferton Kudo 7.