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Steers take the spotlight

The boys swept the board when the steer champion and reserve took the overall beef honours at this year’s LiveScot held in Lanark. Hannah Noble reports.

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Supreme champion, Black Bandit from Paul and Christine Tippetts, Shifnal.
Supreme champion, Black Bandit from Paul and Christine Tippetts, Shifnal.

The winner of the lightweight steer championship, Black Bandit went on to be named overall steer champion before scooping the supreme title. Fresh from winning the British Blue-sired championship at the English Winter Fair last week, the September 2018-born steer was bred and exhibited by first-time LiveScot winners, Paul and Christine Tippetts, Shifnal, Shropshire. By British Blue bull, Dragon Blue Factor the steer is out of a Limousin cross cow by 120,000gns Dolcorsllwyn Fabio and was shown weighing 542kg. It later sold for £3,000 to B. and T. Kitson, North Yorkshire, in the after show sale.

 

The reserve champion steer, Mr Boombastic, took the reserve overall title. The home-bred steer from Wilson Peters, Crieff is by the herd’s stock bull, Anside Hawkeye, a Derriaghy Enfield son. It was born in March 2018 and weighed 686kg. It made £2,500 and was knocked down to Hugh Black Butchers, Lanark in the sale.

Reserve supreme champion, Mr Boombastic from Wilson Peters, Crieff.
Reserve supreme champion, Mr Boombastic from Wilson Peters, Crieff.
Heifer champion, Queen Bee from S. and L. Bett, Stirling.
Heifer champion, Queen Bee from S. and L. Bett, Stirling.

The heifer champion was Queen Bee, a Limousin from Stewart and Lynsey Bett, Stirling. The May 2018-born heifer by Derrygullinane Kingbull was bred by Llyr Hughes, Anglesey and bought by the Betts from the Welsh Winter Fair in 2018 where it was the champion calf.

 

In reserve was Havana, a Limousin cross from Renton and Redden, Allanton. The November 2017-born heifer is by Limousin bull, Mereside Godolphin and out of a British Blue dam. It was bought from Messrs Telfer, Stocksfield at Carlisle in September 2018 where it was champion suckled calf. It was also reserve champion at Beef Expo and Northumberland county show earlier in the season.

 

Claiming the silverware in the commercial calf championship was Tokyo, a Limousin cross heifer from Neil Slack, Penrith. By AI sire, Lodge Hamlet, it is out of a British Blue cross dam and was shown weighing 388kg. The home-bred heifer was also champion calf at Stokesley show and was third in its class at Agri Expo.

Reserve champion heifer, Havana, from Renton and Redden, Allanton.
Reserve champion heifer, Havana, from Renton and Redden, Allanton.
Commercial calf champion, Tokyo, from Neil Slack, Penrith.
Commercial calf champion, Tokyo, from Neil Slack, Penrith.

In the overall sheep championship, the Beltex champions, which were also the overall winning butchers lambs took the title. This was a first win at LiveScot for Andrew Baillie, Lanark who won with a pair of gimmer lambs by Clary Desperado, a tup he bought in Carlisle in 2018 for 10,000gns. The pair weighed 84kg combined and later sold for the top price of the day of £300 to M.J. Stark, Bluebell.

 

The hill champions, a pair of South Country Cheviots from Andrew Reid and Samantha Howatson, Langholm, stood in reserve. The lambs were by a home-bred tup and weighed a combined 83kg.

Overall sheep champions, a pair of Beltex lambs from Andrew Baillie, Lanark.
Overall sheep champions, a pair of Beltex lambs from Andrew Baillie, Lanark.
Reserve supreme champions, a pair of South Country Cheviots from Andrew Reid, Langholm.
Reserve supreme champions, a pair of South Country Cheviots from Andrew Reid, Langholm.

Taking the championship title in the dairy ring was Cauldcoats Samurai Mollie 2 from Donald Laird, Pathhead, Mid Lothian. The third calved cow is by home-bred bull, Caulcoats Samurai, a Regancrest-Mr Samuelo son and out of home-bred cow Cauldcoats Leduc Mollie. Having calved at the end of October with twins, it was shown giving 50kg a day. It was classified VG29 as a second calver and was placed first in its class at the Royal Highland earlier this year.

 

This was the most successful outing so far for Carnduff Comet Girl Red which was placed second to the champion in the senior cow class before going on to take the reserve honours. Bred and exhibited by Willie and Margaret Bryson, Lesmahagow the third calved cow is by Carrock Comet, a stock bull by Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood. It calved in July and is currently giving 45kg a day following a second lactation of over 12,000kg.

Results

Beef

Overall (Judge, D. McBeath, Stirling) Supreme, P. and C. Tippetts, Black Bandit; reserve, W. Peters, Mr Boombastic.
Steer (D. McBeath) Sup., P. and C. Tippetts, Black Bandit; res., W. Peters, Mr Boombastic.
Heifer (D. McBeath) Sup., S. and L. Bett, Queen Bee; res., Renton and Redden, Havana.
Pure Native (D. McBeath) Sup., S. and R. Hunter, Black Puddin (Highland). [NO RES]
Commercial calf (C. Robertson, Pitlochry) Sup., N. Slack, Tokyo (Limousin cross); res., J. Nisbet, Nisbets One and Only (British Blue).
Butchers cattle (M. Lauchlan, Perthshire) Sup., Robert Aiken; res., T. Laird.


Dairy

Overall (J. Gilmour, Ayrshire) Sup., D. Laird, Cauldcoats Samurai Mollie 2; res., J. Bryson and Son, Carnduff Comet Girl Red.


Sheep

Overall (M. Stewart, Melrose) Sup., A. Baillie (Beltex); res., A. Reid (South Country Cheviot).
Hill and cross-bred (M. Stewart) Sup., A. Reid (South Country Cheviot); res., R. and B. Dickie (Blackface).
Cheviot (M. Stewart) Sup., A. Reid (South Country Cheviot).
Butchers lamb (M. Stewart) Sup., A. Baillie; res., A. Skelton.
Blackface (M. Stewart) Sup. and res., R. and B. Dickie.
North Country Cheviot (M. Stewart) Sup., T.J. Linton; res., J. and J. Frame and Co.
South Country Cheviot (M. Stewart) Sup., A. Reid; res., B. and M. Cockburn.
Mules and crosses (M. Stewart) Sup., A. Main; res., F. Smith.
Texel (M. Stewart) Sup., K. Johnstone; res., R. Hall and Son.
Beltex (M. Stewart) Sup., A. Baillie; res., R. Hall and Son.

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