World record breaker Limousin wins at the National Limousin Show held at Borderway mart, Carlisle. Angela Calvert reports.
On its first appearance since selling for a world record breaking 140,000gns last October, the April 2014-born bull, Trueman Jagger, claimed the male and overall supreme championship at the National Limousin Show held at Borderway mart, Carlisle.
Bred by H. Savage and Sons, Northern Ireland, by Amptertaine Gigolo out of Trueman Grazia, it is now owned by the Jagger Syndicate of Mike and Melanie Alford, Devon, Paul Dawes, Herefordshire, Danny Sawrij, Dumfries, and Messrs Jenkinson, Cumbria.
The judge, Bruce Goldie, Mouswald, Dumfries, said his champion was an easy winner from an outstanding show of cattle and had everything he was looking for in a bull – size, length, locomotion and muscle.
Standing reserve supreme was the overall female champion, Whinfellpark Glittered, a home-bred five-year-old cow by Wilodge Cerberus out of Grange Orleans from Messrs Jenkinson, Penrith. Shown with her third calf, by Foxhill Jasper, it has already been champion of champions at Carlisle and Penrith shows and Limousin and reserve inter-breed champion at the Royal Highland Show this season.
Reserve overall female and second in the class to the champion was Brockhurst Heavenly, a September 2012-born cow by Wilodge Vantastic out of the prolific show winner, Brockhurst Bolshoi, from W.J. and M. Mash, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, which was recently inter-breed champion at the Great Yorkshire Show.
Foxhillfarm Lordofthering, was junior male and overall reserve male champion for the Alfords. By Guards Boomer out of Bankdale Alice it was inter-breed champion at Devon County and Limousin male champion at the Royal Highland Show earlier in the year. The Alfords also won the group of three with progeny of Guards Boomer.
Heifers led the way in a strong commercial section judged by Frank Page, Northamptonshire, with the supreme title going to Black Beauty, from Mark Harriman and Sarah Warriner, Pickering. By Kesadale Apollo, a bull bred by Mr Harriman, it was bought from John White after being champion at Middleton and Teesdale show and sale and has been second at the Great Yorkshire Show and a winner at Driffield this season.
Standing reserve was the reserve female champion, J-Lo from JCB Commercials, Newtownlands, Northern Ireland. Bred by Peter Fagan, Co Down, it has already been a big winner this year taking the commercial championships at Balmoral and the Royal Highland Show.
Commercial steer champion was Billy Wizz from Craig Bentley and Rachel Mudd, Thirsk. Bought at Hexham mart from Martin Archer, it was also steer champion at the Great Yorkshire Show.
Following the show exhibitors of prize winner had the opportunity to offer their animals for sale. Leading the trade at 40,000gns was the junior reserve champion, the May 2015-born bull, Grahams Lorenzo, by Claragh Franco from R. and J. Graham, Stirling, which sold with 100 straws of semen, to the Wildoge herd, Shropshire.
Top price female at 16,000gns was Grahams Lizzie, a May 2015-born heifer, also by Franco and from the Grahams. The buyer was Jonathan Watson, Berwick upon Tweed.
Pedigree (B. Goldie, Mouswald) Supreme and male, Jagger Syndicate, Truemans Jagger; res. and fem., Messrs Jenkinson, Whinfellpark Glittered.
Senior male, D. and E. Armstrong, Gritstone General; no reserve.
Intermediate male, Jagger Syndicate, Truemans Jagger; res., M. Reid, Reids Jethro.
Junior male, M. and M. Alford, Foxhillfarm Lordofthering; res., J. and G. Graham, Grahams Lorenzo.
Senior female, Messrs Jenkinson, Whinfellpark Glittered; res., W.J. and M. Mash, Brockhurst Heavenly.
Intermediate fem., D. McBeath and S.J. Jessop, Poolehall Iris; res., W.J. and M. Mash, Ronick Jino.
Junior fem., J.D. Rainey, Claragh Lily; res. W.J. and M. Mash, Brockhurst Heavenly.
Commercial (F. Page, Northamptonshire) Sup. and fem., Harryman and Warriner, Black Beauty; res. and res. fem., JCB Commercials, J-Lo; male, Mudd and Bentley, Billy Whizz; res. male, Harriman and Warriner, Super Ted.