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Starlight shines bright at English Winter Fair

The cattle championship were dominated by heifers with the top title going to a British Blue cross heifer, Starlight, from Richard Wright, Somerton, Somerset, and led out on the day by showman Paul Walker.

Overall cattle champion at the English Winter Fair
Overall cattle champion at the English Winter Fair

Mr Wright, a master thatcher by trade, bought the August 2018-born heifer privately in March this year from Brian Jones, Bailea, Brecon.

 

This was the first show outing for the heifer, and was the first English Winter Fair overall title for Mr Wright who keeps eight cows and calves.

 

It later sold in the post-sale auction for £5,500 bid by J.S. Meats, Uttoxeter.

 

The judges, Jim Courts, Yorkshire, and Stuart Clatworthy, Somerset, tapped out another cross-bred heifer – this time by a Limousin – as the reserve champion.

 

This was 7up, a March 2018-born heifer exhibited by James Hodgkinson, who keeps eight beef cows alongside his family’s 150-cow dairy herd at Buxton, Derbyshire.

 

This heifer was bought by Mr Hodgkinson in March this year from Phil and Sharon Sellers, Lincolnshire, who themselves bought the heifer as a calf out of Middleton in Teesdale auction from the White family, Barnard Castle. It also sold to J.S. Meats, with a winning bid of £2,600.

The pedigree section was won by a February 2018-born Limousin heifer, Blackwater Oasis, exhibited by Edwards Brothers and B.E. Williams, Denbighshire. This one was bred by K. and S. Williamson and is by Netherhall Jackpot.

 

Also in the running for the overall title was the winner of the bred and fed section, which was a Limousin cross heifer, Sky, from B.G. Price, Hereford. This May 2018 born heifer is by Lodge Hamlet.

 

The native breeds were led by the Hereford steer, Normanton 1 Ralph, from T.D. and W.T. Livesey, Leicestershire.

Pedigree champion was a Limousin, Blackwater Oasis, from Edwards Brothers and B.E. Williams
Pedigree champion was a Limousin, Blackwater Oasis, from Edwards Brothers and B.E. Williams

The baby beef title went to a June-born Limousin cross heifer, Lady Million, from Deiniol Hughes and Gwenllian Morgan, Anglesey, who were showing at the event for the first time.

 

The heifer was the baby beef winner at Countryside Live and was also reserve champion at Anglesey Winter fair recently.

Baby beef champion, Lady Million, from D. Hughes and G. Morgan, Anglesey.
Baby beef champion, Lady Million, from D. Hughes and G. Morgan, Anglesey.

Welsh farmers dominated the national pedigree calf show taking the champion and reserve titles. A new one-day format helped boost entries with more than 100 cattle competing.

 

Limousin bull Pabo Oldspice was tapped out as the overall champion for Peredur and Llyr Hughes, Anglesey. This home-bred one-year-old is by Derryguillinane Kingbull and was a class winner at the recent Anglesey Winter Fair.

 

Charolais heifer Teme Opaque took the reserve champion spot for S.M. Corbett and Daughters, Knighton, Powys.

 

The Royal Smithfield’s Duke of Norfolk trophy was also presented at the event for the first time. The competition sees breed societies bring together entries of three cattle from across its members’ farms.

 

It was the British Blues who took the spoils with Solway View Niko from Kevin Watret, Annan, Sunny Bank Oh My Gosh and Sunny Bank One In A Million both from H.C. Jewitt, Co Durham, in the winning trio.

Sheep championship

Sheep championship

In the sheep rings first time exhibitors took both the championship and reserve rosettes in the pairs competition.

 

Top billing went to Richard and Jamie Jerman, Hereford, with a pair of Beltex ewe lambs. This was the first time at the English Winter Fair for the brothers in only their second year on the winter event circuit. The lambs were by Hackney Champ, and the brothers recently took the sheep pairs title at Agri-Expo with a different pair of lambs by the same sire.

 

The lambs went on to sell for £400 apiece, going to J. Thornley.

 

Antony and Emma Thompson, Foulridge, Lancashire, were also on their debut and took reserve in the pairs competition with another pair of Beltex sired lambs, which were by a home-bred tup. The Thompsons also won the best single lamb class.

Pig championship

Pig championship

Mark Horesley, Skirpenbeck, Yorkshire, once again dominated the pig ring taking the single and pairs titles with Pietrain cross pigs, in what was his eighth year of championship success at the event.

 

The winning pair made £100 each selling to J.S. Meats.

Carcases

Carcases

In the carcase hall the winning beef carcase was a Limousin heifer exhibited by J.L. White and Son, Goole, Yorkshire, and bred by C. and J.C. Stephenson. It weighed in at 332kg deadweight and was graded at a –U3. It later sold at £4.50/kg (£1,494) to Rob Stafford.

 

The winning lamb carcase was a Beltex cross weighing 24.4kg and grading at E3L. It was exhibited by R.A. Annetts, Kempsey, Worcestershire. J.S. Meats bought this at £9/kg (£219.60).

 

A Welsh cross bacon weight from P. Nadin, Staffordshire, won the pork carcase title and later sold at £3.50/kg (£285) to Robert Bowring, Mansfield.

Results

Cattle

Overall (Judge, J. Courts, Yorkshire and S. Clatworthy, Somerset) Supreme, R.J. Wright, Starlight (British Blue cross); reserve, H. Hodgkinson and Sons, 7up (Limousin cross).

Pedigree (J. Courts and S. Clatworthy) Sup., Edwards Bros and B.E. Williams, Blackwater Oasis (Limousin); res., P. and S. Sellers, Gillamoor Onceseen (Limousin).

Cross-bred (J. Courts and S. Clatworthy) Sup., and heifer, R.J. Wright, Starlight (British Blue cross); res., and res. heifer, H. Hodgkinson and Sons, 7up (Limousin cross); steer, G. Brooke, Crackerjack (Limousin cross); res., R.J. Wright, Moonshine (Limousin cross).

Bred and fed (J. Courts and S. Clatworthy) Sup., B.G. Price, Sky (Limousin cross); res., E. Edwards, Hash Tag (Limousin cross).

Baby beef (E. Thompson, Northamptonshire) Sup. and heifer, D. Hughes and G. Morgan, Lady Million (Limousin cross); res. and res. heifer, F. Page, Dina (Limousin cross); steer, G. and J.A. Sedgewick, Utube (British Blue cross); res., T.A. and L.C. Lyon and Son, Sonny (British Blue cross).

 

Pedigree calf show

Overall (M. Read, Lincolnshire) Sup., P. and L. Hughes, Pablo Allspice (Limousin); res., S.M. Corbett and Daughters, Teme Opaque (Charolais).

Limousin (J. Watson, Northumberland) Sup., P. and L. Hughes, Pablo Allspice; res., P.R. Dawes, Dinmore Pastelle.

Any other native/continental (S. Edwards, Leicester) Sup., S.M. Corbett and Daughters, Teme Opaque (Charolais); res., J. Evans, Evans 1 Sampson (Hereford).

Simmental (R. McInnes, Norfolk) Sup., J. and B. Borlase, Sacombe Jacinta-Kleeb; res., J.H. and V.G. Wood, Bighill Klassy Honey Pie.

British Blue (J. Watson) Sup., K. Watret, Solway View Niko; res., H.C. Jewitt, Sunnybank One I A Million.

 

Sheep

Pairs (D. Lewis, Carmarthenshire) Sup., J. and R. Jerman (Beltex); res., A.L. Thompson (Beltex)

Native breed (D. Lewis) Sup., I.T. Davies and Son (Beulah Speckle); res., I.T. Davies and Son (Suffolk).

Pedigree (D. Lewis) Sup., J. and R. Jerman (Beltex); res., H. and E. Williams (Blue Texel).

Single (D. Lewis) Sup., A.L. Lewis (Beltex); res., R. Hall and Son.

 

Pigs

Single pig (R.J. Phillips, Somerset) Sup., M. Horesley and Son (Pietrain cross); res., K. and B. Arden.

Pairs (R.J. Phillips) Sup., M. Horesley and Son (Pietrain cross); res., S.J.S. Loveless (Large White).

 

Carcases

Cattle (L. Machin, Leek) Sup., J.L. White and Son (Limousin heifer); res., R.A.O. Johnson (Aberdeen-Angus cross steer).

Lamb (L. Machin) Sup., R.A. Annetts (Beltex cross); res., M. and C. Morris (Beltex).

Pork (L. Machin) Sup., P. Nadin (Welsh cross); res., S.J.S. Loveless (Large White).

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