CLAIMING the supreme beef championship for the first time at the East of England Smithfield Festival was Jennifer Hyslop from Girvan, Ayrshire with Sassy Lassy.
The 592kg May 2015-born heifer by the Limousin sire, Waindale UFO was bought from breeders, John and Mandy Smith-Jackson, Haltwhistle at Leyburn market in March. Since then it has been a winner at the National Limousin show and AgriExpo and was Limousin champion and reserve heifer champion at Countryside Live.
Judge, Gavin Scott, West Lothian, said his champion had style, character, length and handled very well.
Standing reserve overall was the reserve heifer champion, Black Pudding, a 588kg April 2014-born heifer by Gass Cheggers from Edward and Sarah Layton, Leominster who were showing at Smithfield for the first time. Bought at Brecon market in the spring from Rob Jones, Argoed, it took the supreme championship at Countryside Live.
The steer and exhibitor-bred championship went to Dickie Wright, Bowers Hill, Somerset with the 588kg August 2015-born Limousin-sired Red Hot which had been reserve home fed and bred champion at the previous week’s Beef South West event.
Neil Slack, Penrith, took the reserve steer and reserve exhibitor-bred titles with June 2016-born Red Alert, a Rossignol son which had been champion exhibitor bred at Countryside Live.
Mr Slack also showed the champion pure-bred, Romford Jola, a Limousin heifer by Carmorn Co-Pilot owned by W. Richardson and Son, Dufton. The Laytons also took the native championship with their Welsh Black heifer, Ynysfor Meg.
Beef (G. Scott, West Lothian)
Overall – supreme, female and supreme cross-bred female, J. Hyslop, Sassy Lassie; reserve, reserve female and reserve cross-bred female, E. and S. Layton, Black Pudding.
Cross-bred steer - sup., R.J. Wright, Red Hot; res. and res., N. Slack, Red Alert.
Native – E.Layton, Ynysfor Meg (Welsh Black); res., L. Calcraft, Kilnstown Playboy (Galloway).
Pure-bred – sup., W. Richardson and Son, Romford Jola (Limousin); res., T.A. and L.C. Lyon and Son (Limousin).