In the sheep rings, it was Anne Lambert’s aged ewe which took the honours in the Southdown National Show before going on to claim the inter-breed title, it was also part of the winning inter-breed group of three.
This was the first time showing at Cheshire for Mrs Lambert’s 25-strong, West Sussex-based flock, and the first time out for this homebred ewe by a Lunceshall tup. Its next appearance will be at Kent county show.
The judge, David Thornley, Derbyshire remarked on his champion: “It was a very correct sheep for the breed, she had a good top, and a great skin.”
In the reserve spot was the Texel champion hailing from Frank Rushton’s Freshfields flock, Ashbourne. The homebred shearling ewe is by Oldford Atomic Bomb and out of a Millbank Special One daughter.
Also pulled into the shortlist by the judge was the Jacob champion, from Clive Richardson, Ulverston. This was his homebred two shear ewe which in 2018 had taken the reserve wool on the hoof title at the Great Yorkshire Show.
Also shortlisted was Geoff Biddulph’s Suffolk champion, a ewe lamb by Cairness Beast from the East and out of a homebred ewe. The Macclesfield-based, Pexhill flock comprises 60 pedigree Suffolk ewes and Mr Biddulph has been showing for over 40 years.
The final entry brought forward in the inter-breed line up was the champion Charollais, from Andrew Walton, Chester. Rainbow Persephone, a 2015-born aged ewe, is part of Mr Walton’s 300-strong flock of pedigree and commercial ewes.
Taking the supreme dairy championship was the cross-bred champion, a Holstein cross Ayrshire cow, Beeline Texas Swan 2, from S.N. Bailey and Partners, Audlem. The third calved cow by Swiss Red and White Holstein, Texas Red calved in April and is giving 65kg a day. Out of a homebred cow, it was also reserve inter-breed champion at Nantwich Show in 2018.
Remarking on his champion, the judge Seimon Thomas, Pembrokeshire said: “She is a beautiful cow, well balanced with exceptional capacity, width through the chest and rump which carries well into a wide rear udder. Most of all she had tremendous locomotion.”
In reserve was the champion of this year’s National Shorthorn Show which this year took place at Cheshire Show, which was a third-calved cow from P.E. Bailey and Sons, Oswestry. The home-bred cow, Tanat Rosemary 2 is by April-Day Wisconsin Red, it calved in January and is giving 29kg a day. Earlier in the year it was reserve breed champion at UK Dairy Expo in Carlisle.
The reserve champion Dairy Shorthorn was Cotonhall Landmine Princess Anne from R. Kite, Stafford. The second calved cow calved in February and is giving 38kg a day.
Oultram and Co., Flintshire took the Ayrshire championship and reserve titles. The champion was Stamford Esther 66, the homebred cow which calved in March with its second calf and is by Stamford Black Diamond. It was shown as a calf and wan reserve inter-breed calf at Anglesey Show.
The Holstein championship went to Riverdane Holsteins with their milking heifer, Riverdane Absolute Springsteen. The April-calved heifer is giving 48kg a day, it is by Absolute Apples Red and is out of Riverdane Ex-Springsteen. This was its first time out and will next be attending Dairy Day.
Ribblesdale Vanahlem Doris 2 was named Jersey champion, now owned by A. and L. Rimmer, Widnes, it was bought from Ribble Jerseys, Lancashire as a calf. By Pabbii Abe Vanahlem Ajbs, it calved in March with its second calf and is currently giving 35kg daily.
The Brown Swiss championship went to Kedar Aurora, a heifer in milk from Brent Crothers, Shrewsbury. Bought from Jonny Lochhead at the Black and White sale at Carlisle in 2017, the heifer was also the breed champion at last years Cheshire show as a calf and was junior champion twice at UK Dairy Expo and at the Royal Welsh show in 2018. It was show 32 days fresh and is giving 35kg daily.
The beef inter-breed championship was claimed by the Continental champion, the Limousin. This was Dinmore Madonna, an August 2016-born heifer, bred and exhibited by Paul Dawes, Hereford, who also scooped the Beef Shorthorn championship with a March 2016-bron cow with calf at foot.
By Trueman Jagger and out of Ampertaine Estelle, the heifer was named continental inter-breed champion at the Three Counties Show and is in-calf to Ampertaine Foreman.
In reserve was the native inter-breed champion, the Welsh Black, which was the champion of the any other native breed section. Bred and exhibited by Lynn Foxwell, Harlech, Rhyddid Wenol, a September 2016-born heifer is by Machreth Cai and out of Rhyddid Pumpkin.
The British Blue champion took the reserve continental title, this was Epice Du Falgi, a heifer imported from Belgium, owned and exhibited by eight-year-old Izzy Williams, Carmarthen. By Zougar D’Ozo, it won its class at the Royal Bath and West Show and will head to the Royal Welsh next.
Taking the reserve honours in native inter-breed was the Hereford champion, homebred heifer, Hallwood 1 Oyster Shell from Robert, Ian and Steph Shaw, Cheshire.
By homebred bull, Hallwood 1 Knight, it is out of Kinlee 1 Oyster Girl. It was reserve breed champion at Stafford show and will go on to compete at the Hereford National Show and the Great Yorkshire Show. They also took the reserve position with 2017-born bull, Hallwood 1 Phoenix Nights.
The Commercial championship went to A. Dickinson and Lisa Powdrill with their September 2018-born Blonde cross, homebred heifer, Annie. They also took the reserve with British Blue cross, Black Magic.
The supreme pig championship went to the traditional breed champion, a Gloucester Old Spot from Matt smith, Burnham-on-Sea. The four-year-old sow, Cosscoombe Primrose II has had five litters and was weaned 5 weeks ago. It is by Toller Gerald 886 and is in pig to Cosscoombe Gerald.
Claiming the reserve inter-breed position was the modern breed champion, Prestcombe Cordelia 18, a Landrace from Julian Newth, Somerset. The October 2018-born gilt is by Prestcombe Hawk and also took the reserve modern inter-breed honours at Devon County Show this year, as well as the best in show title at the Three Counties Show.
Inter-breed (S. Thomas, Pembrokeshire) Sup., S.N. Bailey and Partners, Beeline Texas Swan 2 (cross-bred); res., P.E. Bailey and sons, Tanat Rosemary 2 (Dairy Shorthorn).
Dairy Shorthorn (N. Madeley, Shropshire) Sup., P.E. Bailey and Sons, Tanat Rosemary 2; res., R. Kite, Cotonhall Landmine Princess Anne.
Ayrshire (A. Walters, Cornwall) Sup., Oultram and Co., Stamford Esther 66; Oultram and Co., Stamford Freda 56.
Holstein (T. Bourke, Co. Limerick) Sup., Riverdane Holsteins, Riverdane Absolute Springsteen; res., Riverdane Holsteins and Metcalfe Farms, Washfold Mary 215.
Jersey (C. Swale, Preston) Sup., A. and L. Rimmer, Ribblesdale Vanahlem Doris 2.
Brown Swiss (C. Swale) Sup., B. Crothers, Kedar Aurora; res., West Family, Farrick Jongleur Belinda.
Cross-bred dairy cattle (R. Williams, Herefordshire) Sup., S.N. Bailey and Partners, Beeline Texas Swan 2; res., R. Brown and Partners, Bidlea Glen Jacqueline 2.
Inter-breed (J. Thomas, Cornwall) Sup., P. Dawes, Dinmore Madonna (Limousin) res., L. Foxwell, Ryhddid Wenol (Welsh Black).
Native championship (J. Thomas) Sup., L. Foxwell, Ryhddid Wenol (Welsh Black); res., R. and R.I. Shaw, Hallwood 1 Oyster Shell (Hereford).
Continental championship (J. Thomas) Sup., P. Dawes, Dinmore Madonna (Limousin); res., I. Williams, Epice Du Falgi (British Blue).
Hereford (R. Jackson, Lancashire) Sup. and fem., R. and R.I. Shaw, Hallwood 1 Oyster Shell; res. and male, R. and R.I. Hallwood, Hallwood 1 Phoenix Nights.
Limousin (V. Corbett, Powys) Sup. and fem., P. Dawes, Dinmore Madonna; res. and res. fem., P. Dawes, Dinmore Opelle; male, P. Dawes, Dinmore Orly; res. male, P. Dawes, Absolute Normandy.
British Simmental (J. Arnold, Cheshire) Sup. and male, T. Hassall, Sterling Hugo; res. and fem., S. White, Tirley Jade; res. male, S. White, Seepa Kodak; res. fem., T. Hassall, Moss Hall Emily.
British Simmental (V. Corbett) Sup., C. Boden, Bostockgreen Moonlightstar; res., C. Boden, Bostockgreen Opal.
British Blue (I. Wainwright, Fife) Sup., I. Williams, Epice Du Falgi; res., P. Dawes, Dinmore Nightowl.
Aberdeen-Angus (R. Jackson) Sup., O. Tunney, Morpheus Rosebud S028; res., A.R. and J.L. Denning, Temple Lolly Pop.
Beef Shorthorn (T. Brown, Northants) Sup., P. Dawes, Dinmore Zoe Katrina; res., P. Dawes, Dinmore Zoe Kardashian.
British Blonde (J. Smith, N. Yorkshire) Sup. C.E. and S.W. Mycock, Gledney Leigh; res., P. Marsden, Lowercroft Orange.
Longhorn (D. Wyllie, Staffordshire) Sup., B. Wragg, Newton Aftershock; res., C. Wardle, Newton Caught Out.
South Devon (R. Wright, Leicestershire) Sup., R. Hartshorn, Z Cilgwrrwg SAS Zoom; Res., C. Whitehead, Conam Abbie.
Commercial (A. Roberts, Anglesey) Sup., A. Dickinson and L. Powdrill, Annie; res., A. Dickinson and L. Powdrill, Black Magic.
Any other native breed (P.V. Robinson, Cheshire) Sup., L. Foxwell, Ryhddid Wenol (Welsh Black); res., G. Mumford, Urshula 34 of Walton (Highland).
Any other continental beef breed (P.V. Robinson) Sup., P. and N. Darlington, Tullamaine Sheila; res., P. and N. Darlington, Spring Farm Napoleon.
Red Poll (J. Broughton, Bedfordhire) Sup., J.R. Williams, Pinguis, Frederick; res., H. Arthan, Chorlton Lane Hokey Cokey.
Dexter (S. Peberdy, Leicestershire) Sup., Spring Hill Farm, Brenin Llewellyn; res., H. and C. Bickerton, Leese Emerald.
Any other dual purpose breed (M. Cheetham, Cheshire) Sup., E. Astbury, Marshbrook Mallows Pride (British White); res., E. Astbury, Marshbrook Blueberry (British White)
Inter-breed (D. Thornley, Derbyshire) Sup., A. Lambert (Southdown); res., F. Rushton (Texel).
British Charollais (A. Gregory, Buckinghamshire) Sup., A. and J. Walton; res., G. Biddulph.
Jacob (J. Leonard, Gwent) Sup. and res., C. Robinson.
Suffolk (A. Meredith, Herefordshire) Sup., G. Biddulph; res., J. Richmond.
Texel (P. Tippetts, Shropshire) Sup., F. Rushton; res., F.A. Nairey.
Shropshire (G. Sprake, Suffolk) Sup., A. Harvey; res., G. Llewellyn.
Beltex (P. Tippetts) Sup., E.C. Lloyd-Lewis; res., S. Jones.
Southdown (S. Harmer, East Sussex) Sup. and fem., A. Lambert; res. and res. fem., N. Page; male, P.J. and E.J. Creswell; res. male, A. Lambert.
Valais Blacknose (G. Blacklock, Dumfriesshire) Sup., G. Jones; res., R. Snouckaert.
Zwartbles (J. Rowlands, Anglesey) Sup. and res., O. Crossen.
Any other continental breed (D. Cantrill, Derbyshire) Sup., J.M. Benson; res., M. Richmond.
Any other native breed (D. Cantrill) Sup., S. Brown; res., J. Holroyd.
Inter-breed (S. Barnfield, Herefordshire) Sup., M. Smith, Cosscoombe Primrose ll (Gloucester Old Spot); res., J. Newth, Prestcombe Cordelia 18 (Landrace).
Modern championship (S. Barnfield) Sup., J. Newth, Prestcombe Cordelia 18 (Landrace); res., G. Bemand, Leysters Spring Wakeful 12 (Welsh).
Traditional championship (S. Barnfield) Sup., M. Smith, Cosscoombe Primrose ll (Gloucester Old Spot); res., O. and M. Giles, Tedfold Fair Lady 76 (Middle White).
British Saddleback (S. Loveless, Dorset) Sup., J. Newth, Prestcombe Golden Arrow 30; res., S. Groves, Watchingwell Silver Wings 155.
Gloucestershire Old Spot (S. Loveless) Sup., M. Smith, Cosscoombe Primrose ll; res., M. Smith, Cosscoombe Sambo.
Large Black (S. Loveless) Sup., S. Richardson and J. Wood, Finnington Blackie 31; res., J. Holroyd, Addison Malcolm 5.
Middle White (J. Loveless) Sup., O. and M. Giles, Tedfold Fair Lady 76; res., M. Paddock and S. Marsden, Eaves Revival.
Any other traditional breed (S. Loveless) Sup., T. Duke, Highburn Clair 2 (Oxford Sandy and Black); res., M. Carus, Kerribella Jasper 5 (Tamworth).
Duroc (D. Hobbs. Dorset) Sup., O. and M. Giles, Tedfold Lena 25; res., A. and J. Walton, Deva Nancy 1628.
Large White (D. Hobbs) Sup., R. Emerson, Burry Beautiful 354; res., D. Brock, Crimwell Lassue 51.
Welsh (D. Hobbs) Sup., G. Bemand, Leysters Spring Wakeful 12; res., G. Bemand, Leysters Spring Theresa 5.
Pietrain (D. Hobbs) Sup., J. Newth, Prestcombe Merry 9 (Pietrain); res., J. Newth, Prestcombe Merry 10 (Pietrain).
Landrace (D. Hobbs) Sup., J. Newth, Prestcombe Cordelia 18.