LIFTING the supreme beef accolade at the English Winter Fair was the cross-bred champion, Red Hot Honey.
The champion was exhibited by Mark Harryman and Sarah Warriner from Pickering, North Yorkshire, who bred its sire, the Limousin, Keskadale Eyefull and bought the 19-month-old heifer from breeder, Kevin Sparke, Hexham in January.
The champion which weighed 595kg has been a big winner at the summer shows including the Great Yorkshire and was Limousin-sired champion at Countryside Live. It sold for £7,600 to George Cropper, Accrington, Lancashire.
Taking the reserve overall title was the reserve cross-bred heifer champion, 17-month-old Millie, by the British Blue, Cromwell Gunner from Marwood and Wilkinson, Leyburn, which had been reserve supreme at Countryside Live.
The pedigree championship went to Ifan Jones, Newcastle Emlyn, with Bailea Junior, a February 2014-born Limousin heifer which was brought from its breeder, Jones and Co., Brecon in April and next goes to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.
Frank Page, Northampton, awarded the baby beef championship to Black Eyed Pea, from Rhys Millichap, Tonyrefail, describing it as ‘a very sweet, fleshy heifer which oozes style.’ April-born by the home bred Limousin, Llanrhiw Hulk out of a home-bred British Blue cross cow, it was making its show ring debut.
Reserve was the steer champion, Dolfy Duke, a May-born Limousin-cross by Mereside Godolphine from William Nichols, Wetley Rocks.
The supreme championship in the pedigree calf show went to the junior inter-breed champion, Liley Kinnannie, a January-born Aberdeen-Angus heifer by Rawburn Mambo from Marsden Farms, Sheffield. It was recently native junior champion at the Stars of the Future calf show, Stirling.
Reserve overall and senior calf champion was Boomer Jadore, a British Blue heifer by Baron from Wyn Jones, Oswestry. Bought from breeder, Boomer Birch in the summer it has been a big winner at the summer shows.
Taking the supreme sheep championship at the event for the first time was John Hall and family, Dalston, Cumbria with the pedigree champions, a pair of home-bred Beltex weighing 40kg apiece, which were shown by Johnny Aiken and David MacTaggart.
Judge, Steve Gibbons said they were outstanding champions, turned out to perfection and exactly what he was looking for in butcher’s lambs.
Mr Gibbons later bought the pair for £310/head.
Reserve went to Robin Slade, Hereford, with a pair of Dutch Texel ewe lambs weighing 42kg each.
In the pig section the champion pairs were Large White cross Welsh bacon weights from Sarah Ashcroft, Lincoln who also took the single title with a Large White.
Frank Page claimed the beef carcase championship for the sixth time with a Limousin-cross heifer by Pembridge Delboy which was 370.44kg/dw and graded U+2.
It sold for 470p/kg (£1,740.88) to the judge, Mr Cropper.
As last year the lamb carcase championship and the live to dead title went to David and Linda Wadland, Aston le Walls. Their winning Beltex carcase graded E2 and weighing 23.2kg sold for £11.20kg (£260) to Manifold Valley Meats, Leek.
They were also the buyers of the champion pig carcase, a Pietrain cross Landrace cross Duroc from Mark Horsley, York for 225p/kg (£310).
Overall beef (W.A. Peters, Crieff and M. Jarrett, Bristol)
Supreme, M. Harryman and S. Warriner, Red Hot Honey; reserve, Marwood and Wilkinson, Millie.
Exhibitor bred and fed; Sup., J.L. and D.A. Davies, Lollypop; res., D.E. and S.J. Cheaker, Win I Am.
Cross-bred (W.A. Peters, Crieff) Sup. and fem., M. Harryman and S. Warriner, Red Hot Honey; res. and res. fem., Marwood and Wilkinson, Millie; male, P. and S. Sellers, Rambo; res. male, T.C. Edwards and Sons, Un Bach.
Pedigree (M. Jarrett, Bristol); Sup., I.J. Phillips, Bailea Junior (Limousin); res., G.R. Fountaine, Calverton Jemima (Limousin)
Pedigree native; Sup., D. Plested, Grafton Honest (Beef Shorthorn); res., M. and M. Alford, Foxhill Supersonic (Galloway).
Baby Beef (F. Page, Northampton) Sup. and fem., R. Millichap, Black Eyed Pea; res. and male, J.A. Nicholls, Mustard; res. fem., A. Holmes, Polly; res. male, P. and S. Sellers, John Boy.
Sheep (S. Gibbons, Brecon)
Sup. and pedigree, R. Hall and Son (Beltex); res. and res. pedigree, R. J. Slade (Dutch Texel).
Native, sup., G.E. Bowen (Ryeland); res., J.C. Dixon (Southdown).
Carcase (G. Cropper, Accrington)
Beef, sup., F. Page; res., J.M. and S.M. Rowlands.
Sheep sup., D.S. and L.E. Wadland; res. R.J. Slade.
Pig, sup. and res. M. Horsley.