Taking supreme beef championship at the Great Yorkshire Show was two-year-old Charolais heifer, Sportsmans Maisie, owned by Boden and Davies, Stockport, and shown by Tom Boden.
Maisie was junior female champion last year at the Royal Welsh Show and will now return home to become a breeding female in the 50-strong Sportsmans herd. Its sire, Barnsford Ferny was bought at Stirling in 2011 for 70,000gns.
Judge, Vicky Smith, Tiverton commented: “Maisie oozes quality and breed characteristics from head to tail. Today she moved slightly better and was fresher than my reserve champion, but they are two fabulous heifers.”
In reserve was the Limousin champion, Grahams Melody, by Ampertaine Elgin, a two-year-old heifer from Robert and Jean Graham, Stirling. Melody came to the Great Yorkshire after being placed first in its class at Drymen Show as well as being first in its class at Stirling show and the Royal Highland show earlier in the season.
Also pulled forward into the final line-up was the Highland champion, Merlin of Seam, bred and exhibited by S.B. Haley, Co. Durham. The yearling bull was shown with its mother as a calf, and was breed and native champion at Northumberland in May. Merlin will be sold at the Oban bull sales in February.
Another making the final line-up was the British Blue champion, Tanat Lola, an August 2016-born daughter of Tenace de la Praule from Wyn Jones, Ostwestry. The home-bred heifer was reserve breed champion at Stafford and Royal Cornwall Shows earlier in the year.
Another tapped forward was Foulness Ultra, by St Fort Rolex, the Lincoln Red champion from Robert Mawer, Woodall Spa. Bought privately from breeder, Chris Page, at nine months old, it was junior champion at the show last year.
The Hereford champion also made the final cut. This was Coley 1 Pilot, a January 2017-born son of Coley 1 Maverick owned and bred by Heather Whitaker, Halifax. Breed champion at the Royal Highland Show and male champion at Northumberland and Shropshire Shows, it will be will at the breed society sale in the autumn.
Taking the Beef Shorthorn championship for the second consecutive year at the breed society’s national show were Tracy and Mark Severn, Halifax. This year it was with their home-bred heifer, Highlee Kinder Rose by Podehole Elite. Already inter-breed champion at Todmorden Show this season, the January 2016-born heifer is in-calf to Millerston Jester, last year’s victor.
At the British Simmental Cattle Society Show the championship, as last year, went to Vikki and Jimmy Wood, Preston, this time with their home-bred March 2016-born heifer, Popes Rhona. The ET daughter of Kilbride Farm Comber and former Royal Highland Show inter-breed champion, Skerrington Rhona was junior champion at the show last year.
Inter-breed ( V. Smith, Tiverton) Supreme, Boden and Davies, Sportsmans Maisie; reserve, R. and J. Graham, Grahams Melody.
Beef Shorthorn (G. Somerville, Dumfries) Sup. and fem., T.L. Severn, Highlee Karamel; res. and res. fem., S. and G. Hunt, Wenmar A Tessa; male, C. Lowther, Lowther Hugano; res. male, S. and G. Hunt, Sowerby Parks Gypsy Leader.
Lincoln Red (J.A. Hurst, Grantham) Sup. and male, R. Mawer, Foulness Ultra; res. and fem., N.M. Mann, Yarn Hill Hanna; res. male, N.M. Mann, Yarn Hill Vulcan; res. fem., H.M. and J.M. Needler, Walmer Sally.
Aberdeen-Angus (P. Westaway, Gloucester) Sup. and fem., Shadwell Estates Co., Shadwell Pam T941; male, R. and C. Rettie, Water End Payton N108; res. male, Gordon Brook Estate, Linton Gilbertines Powerhouse T169; res. fem., S.J. Dick, Crew Lady Jasmine S274.
Hereford (J. McMordie, Co. Down) Sup. and male, H.A. Whittaker, Coley 1 Pilot; res. and fem., A. and P. Massey, Hollyvale 1 Sapphire 2; res. male., J.R.B. Wilson and Sons, Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62; res. fem., G.J. Hall, Pinmoor 1 Pennie.
Galloway (J. Jordan, Devon) Sup. and fem., J. and S. Ross, Nerys 1306 of Romesbeoch; res. and res. fem., G. Harvey, Harveys Zsa Zsa; male, J. and S. Ross, Turbo Tam of Nether Cleugh; res. male, J. and S. Wareham, Troloss Legend.
Belted Galloway (D. Maxwell, Glasgow) Sup. and fem., M. Arbib, Howemill Mustang Saly; res. and res. fem., M. Arbib, Howemill Water Lilly; male, W.H. Robinson and Sons, Southfield Sonny Boy; res. male, A. Bell, Clifton Lochnivar.
Highland (A.G. Bosomworth, Argyll) Sup. and male, S.B. Haley, Merlin of Seam; res. and fem., Blairlogan Highlanders; res male, R.A. Phillip, Maclean Allanfearn; res. fem., S.B. Haley, Margaret 3 of Seam.
South Devon (M. Broome, Market Harborough) Sup. and fem., J.P. Harrison, Brafferton Stella 62; res. and male, Irving and Cooper, Aurora Storm; res. male, K. Darnbrook, Cleughside Bailey; res. fem., A. and C. Farms, Langhams’s Platinum 2.
Longhorn (S. Gray, Ledbury) Sup. and male, D. and A. Blockley, Southfield Panther; res. and res. male, B. Facon, Riverlands Ratty; fem., B. Facon, Gentons Qasim; res. fem., H. Blockley, Southfield Lace.
British Charolais (A. Hornall, Stirling) Sup. and fem., Boden and Davies, Sportsmans Maisie; res. and res. fem., J. Wainwright, Rogan’s Jojo; male, D. Thornley, Dooley Nemo; res. male, J. Watson, Tweeddale Napoleon.
British Simmental (M. Barlow, Leyland) Sup. and fem., J.H. and V.G. Wood, Popes Rhona; res. and male, R.M. McCulloch, Curaheen Drifter; res. male, J., P. and J. Goldie, Skerrington Iceman; res. fem., J. McMillan, Sterling Fcuk Impulse.
British Limousin (M. Cursiter, Orkney) Sup. and fem., R. and J. Graham, Grahams Melody; res. fem., S.J. Dick, Stephick Mistique; male, A.W. Jenkinson Farms, Foxhillfarm Jasper; res. male, J.M. and S.P. Cooper, Tomschoice Navarino.
British Blonde (D.G. Knight, Bristol) Sup. and fem., N.T. and J.H. Barrett, Everingham Judy; res. and res. fem., T. Atkinson, Felltop Joyce; male, G., F.J. and L. Corner, Lucyland Nacho; res. male, T. Atkinson, Castleview Mastermind.
British Blue (G. Brindley, Market Drayton) Sup. and fem., W.W. Jones, Tanat Lola; res. and male, K. Watret, Solway View Leonardo; res. male, J.W. Stephenson, Bordley Magic; res. fem., D. and L. Watret, Criffelview Kendra.
Salers (G. Welsh, Muirkirk) Sup. and fem., R. and A. Crockett, Bacardi Jessie; res. and res. fem., R. and A. Crockett, Bacardi Lola; male, C.A. Fox, Manor Lane Logic; res. male, T. and I. Walling, Cumbrian Ladybird.