As we wave goodbye to summer showing, Farmers Guardian rounds up 10 of the best beef champions who have graced the circuit this season. Who is your champion?
Kicking off our list is the four-year-old Charolais cow Balbithan Iona from Mr and Mrs White, Swanage. In it's third year of showing, Iona was Charolais National show champion, breed champion at both the Great Yorkshire and Berkshire and also took the inter-breed title at Dorset. By Chunal Dougie, it is out of Balbithan Pixie and was shown this year with a calf at foot.
RESERVE inter-breed at the Royal Welsh and taking the highest position a Beef Shorthorn has ever reached at the show was the 2010-born cow, Westhide Zoe, jointly owned by Richard Bartle, Mary Cormack and Paul Dawes, Herefordshire, and bred by Martin Jones. Bought at a sale at Hereford in August 2015 for 4,500gns and topping the breed here last year, it was breed champion at Hanbury Show this season and its maternal sister was recently reserve inter-breed champion at the Royal Cheshire.
COMING to the fore at Denbigh and Flint in a field of pedigree competitors was a Charolais cross heifer, the Deuawd Kai daughter Mini Me from Robin and Eleri Roberts, Anglesey. The beast has remained unbeaten in commercial classes this season, winning overall honours at Llanrhaeadr and Cerrigydrudion to name a few and has cemented its place at one of the top performers on the Welsh circuit.
CLAIMING the overall sash at the Royal Highland was the Alford family of Foxhillfarm Livestock, Cullompton, Devon, with the Limousin heifer Foxhillfarm Mamamia. By Foxhillfarm Irish Lad it is out of the 125,000gn cow Glenrock Illusion, and was due to head to Wales at the end of the season to join a new herd after being sold at Carlisle auction in May for 42,000gns.
LIMOUSIN cow Burnbank Jenny from Paul Barwood and Anita Padfield, Great Yarmouth, took 10 inter-breed titles this summer at shows including Buckinghamshire and South of England. Bought from the Graham family, Stirling, at the 2014 Red Ladies Day sale, Carlisle, it has been shown with its Ulm-sired heifer calf at foot and certainly deserves the crown for the season's most consistent performance.
THE Birch and Brindley families, Weston, secured several top titles with the October 2013-born Hereford cow Dendor 1 Jennefer 15. A daughter of Solpol 1 Gilbert, it was bought privately as a yearling. It was overall champion at the Hereford Poll show earlier this month, supreme champion at Staffordshire County and reserve supreme choice at both Shropshire and West Midlands and Three Counties shows.
TAPPED out as inter-breed at two of the biggest shows in the calendar (Royal Welsh and the Great Yorkshire), was the Simmental cow Popes Princess Cleo, owned and bred by the Wood Family, Preston. Shown with its March-born heifer calf by the 20,000gns Kilbride Farm Comber, Cleo is out of Popes Nellys Princess, a previous Royal Show inter-breed champion.
THE six-year-old cow Whinfellpark Glittered sparkled in the ring at Northumberland to take the supreme title. By Wilodge Cerberus, it was shown with its bull calf by Trueman Jagger and exhibited by Messrs Jenkinson, Penrith. Champion at the National Limousin show last season, on the day the overall judge said it had 'great ring presence'.
TAKING the beef championship at Great Harwood was the British Blue maiden heifer Pendle Knock Em Out, from the Hartley family, Nelson. The homebred is by Heros Du Peroy and out of Pendle Eh By Gum, and was described by the inter-breed judge as ‘very tall for its age’, carrying a lot of muscle and power.