After 22 years of showing at the English Winter Fair, Andrew Dickinson and Lisa Powdrill, Derby, scooped the overall cattle title for the first time.
Their winner, Stripe, is a British Blue cross heifer, which they bought from breeders – Bainbridge Brothers, at Leyburn mart. The heifer had been shown locally before her outing to Stafford, but this marked her biggest win to date.
The June 2017-born heifer, weighing in at 600kg, was tapped forward by judges Jim Ford, Kelso, and Rob Rattray, Aberystwyth.
Taking the reserve spot was Phil and Sharon Sellers, Lincolnshire, with a Limousin cross heifer, Fancy That, which was bred by Frank Page, and bought by the Sellers’ at a show in July. The heifer is by Heathmount French Connection.
The heifer has been on this year’s show circuit, taking reserve at Countryside Live, first prize at AgriExpo.
Also in the running for the championship title was the ‘bred and fed’ winner, Fitbit, a Limousin cross heifer from E. Edwards, Denbighshire. This May 2017 heifer is by Brenmick Gethin.
The baby beef section was won by Neil Slack, Penrith, with Sparks, a British Blue cross heifer by Bringlee Blackstar. Her grand-dam was an English Winter Fair champion back in 2005.
This home-bred heifer was commercial champion at Westmoreland and Wolsingham shows this summer.
In the sheep rings judge James Whiteford, Cumbria, tapped out two pairs of Beltex ewe lambs for his champion and reserve. The winning pair were from R. Hall and Son, Cumbria, and were sired by an Airyolland tup.
The judge praised his winners for their consistency through the shoulder and loin, which just pipped the pair from D. Lewis, Carmarthenshire into reserve.
Winning the pairs and singles in the pig section once again was Mark Horsley, Yorkshire. This marked the seventh year Mr Horsley had been in the red ribbons at the English Winter Fair.
He won the single section with a bacon weight Pietrain, and two Pietrain crosses took the pairs title.
In the carcase hall the winning beef carcase was a British Blue cross bullock from J.L. White, Goole, Yorkshire, which weighed in at 355kg deadweight and was graded as a U4L. It sold at £4.75/kg (£1,686).
First time exhibitor Chris Timms, Roebeck, York, took the championship title in the lamb carcase. The winner, a Beltex, weighed 21.2kg and was graded an E3L. It went on to sell for £13.10/kg (£277).
Steve Loveless, Bridport, Dorset, took the top prize in the pork category with a Large White bacon weight carcase, which later sold at £4.60/kg (£369).
The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs beef and pig, live and carcase stockjudging also took place at the English Winter Fair. Staffordshire YFC won the overall team award, with Lancashire B in second place, and Yorkshire YFC in third.
Overall (Judges, J. Ford, Kelso, and R. Rattray, Aberystwyth) Supreme, A. Dickinson and L. Powdrill, Stripe (British Blue cross); reserve, P. and S. Sellers, Fancy That (Limousin cross).
Pedigree (J. Ford and R. Rattray) S. and R. Stamp, Nico (Limousin); res., T.A. and L.C. Lyon, Nutella (Limousin).
Cross-bred (J. Ford and R. Rattray) Sup. and heifer, A. Dickinson and L. Powdrill, Stripe (British Blue cross); res. and res. heifer, R. and S. Sellers, Fancy That (Limousin cross); steer, Price and Rogers, Freddie (Limousin cross); res. steer, M. and M. Alford, No Likey (Limousin cross).
Bred and fed (J. Ford and R. Rattray) Sup., E. Edwards, Fitbit (Limousin cross); res., F. Page, Alexa (Limousin cross).
Baby beef (T. Jones, Llanwrst) Sup., N.E. Slack, Sparks (British Blue cross); res., D.J. Lloyd and Co, Strawberry Split (Limousin cross).
Pedigree calf (C. Roads, Worcester) Sup., E.H. Pennie and Son, Sarkley Minellie (British Blue); res., E.H. Pennie and Son, Sarkley Noneeka (Charolais).
Pairs (J. Whiteford, Cumbria) Sup., R. Hall and Son (Beltex); res., D. Lewis (Beltex).
Pairs (S. Hill, Staffordshire) Sup., M. Horsley and Son; res., S.J.S. Loveless.
Single (S.Hill) Sup., M. Horsley and Son; res., S.J.S. Loveless.
Beef (A. Brown, Derbyshire) Sup., J.L. White and Son (British Blue cross); res., T.A. and L.C. Lyon (Limousin cross).
Lamb (A. Brown) Sup., C.D. Timm (Beltex); res., B. Blandford and Sons (Beltex).
Pork (A. Brown) Sup. and res., S.J.S. Loveless (Large White).