THE rain held off for Great Harwood Show, Blackburn, with entries up on the year in the cattle classes.
Taking the pedigree beef championship and cattle inter-breed was the British Blue maiden heifer Pendle Knock Em Out, from the Hartley family, Nelson.
This 26-month-old homebred is by Heros Du Peroy and out of Pendle Eh By Gum. Shown successfully last summer, it will be heading to the Royal Highland in June.
Of his champion, beef judge Phil Halhead, Cockerham, said the heifer was correct on its legs and feet, and was ‘very tall for its age’, carrying a lot of muscle and power
Coming in reserve was the overall Dexter champion from Mike and Yvonne Madley, Keighley. Reedshaw Blossom 2, a homebred six-year-old cow by Todhole Paul out of Foulrice Smartie, was shown with its bull calf at foot. Reserve in the Dexter section was May 2016-born heifer Illgrove Redmay from Jennifer and Shelia Sykes, Huddersfield.
Clare Cropper and John Mellin, Long Preston, took both rosettes in the commercial beef championship. Taking the overall honours was a 16-month-old Limousin cross heifer weighing 550kg, which the pair had bought from Hexham market in November. Behind was a 12-month-old Limousin cross heifer weighing 460kg, which had taken second place at Beef Expo the week previous.
Reserve pedigree beef champion was the Shorthorn cow Highlee Fern Rose, from Tracy Severn, Halifax.
Harry Wood, of the Dean Brow flock, Dutton, took the Beltex breed title for the fourth year in a row, going one better this time to take the sheep inter-breed with a homebred shearling gimmer. Dean Brow Bardot, a Cree Spartacus daughter out of Aviemore Rota 2, was reserve female at the show last year and was on its first outing of the season.
It reigned over the reserve choice, Pendle Sunshine, a Blue Texel shearling ewe from five-year-old Tom Critchley, Hutton-on-Preston. Bought as a lamb from the Hartley’s Pendle flock, it was partaking in its first show and added to the Critchley family’s championship accolades in the Zwartbles section.
Andrew Rimmer, Ormskirk, presented his two-year-old in-calf heifer Longwood Remington Bella, to win the North West Ayrshire breeders club championship. By Mapleburn Remington, it was bought last month at the Longwood dispersal sale, Beeston, and is due to calve in June.
Reserve was James and Sara Seedall, Mellor, with their homebred maiden heifer Jamara Glen Margaret.
Dairy classes ran for the first time this year and the championship saw two young handlers come to the fore. Taking the title was M. and J. Bristol, Newton-in-Bowland, with the October 2016-born Holstein heifer Claremont Doorman Patty. Led by son George, it is by Val Bisson Doorman and stood above the reserve choice, a 13-month-old homebred Montbeliarde heifer from Jack Barnes, Altham.
Inter-breed (Judges, panel) Supreme, H. Wood (Beltex); reserve, C. Critchley (Blue Texel).
Jacob (S. Harrison, Cumbria) Sup., K. Gaskell; res., G. and S. Wood.
Lonk (M. Hartley, Rough Lee) Sup., E. Howard; res., B. Crawshaw.
Derbyshire Gritstones (A. Bland, Cheshire) Sup., E. Howard; res., J. Marse.
Any other breed (K. Whitwell, Bolton-by-Bowland) Sup., C. Critchley; res., C. Maguire.
Texel (R. Harris, Kirkcudbright) Sup. and res., S. and A. Nairey.
Beltex (D. Owen, Conwy) Sup. and res., H. Wood.
Zwartbles (C. Slee, North Yorkshire) Sup., C. Critchley; res., Messrs Odgens.
Prime lambs (D. Owen) Sup. and res., T. Proctor.
Inter-breed (P. Halhead, Cockerham, and R. Murray, Frizington) Sup., M. Hartley, Pendle Knock Em Out (British Blue); res., M. and Y. Medley, Reedshaw Blossom 2.
Pedigree (P. Halhead) Sup., M. Hartley, Pendle Knock Em Out (British Blue); res., T. Severn, Highlee Fern Rose (Shorthorn).
Commercial (P. Halhead) Sup. and res., C. Cropper and J. Mellin (Limousin crosses).
Dexter (R. Murray) Sup., M. and Y. Medley, Reedshaw Blossom 2; res., J. and S. Sykes, Illgrove Redmay.
Dairy (G. Minish, Yorkshire) Sup., M. and J. Bristol, Claremont Doorman Patty (Holstein); res., J. Barnes (Montbeliarde heifer).
Ayrshire (S. Wake, Kettering) Sup., A. Rimmer, Longwood Remington Bella; res., J. and S. Seedall, Jamara Glen Margaret.