A tie in the all-breeds judging panel scoring forced a second line-up for Monmouthshire Show’s supreme beef championship.
The first round saw two contenders each gain 28 points – meaning a face-off between the Hereford and Limousin breed leaders with their respective judges eliminated from the panel.
In front following the retake was Taygreen Nessie, a 22-month-old home-bred Limousin from Robert, Keith and James Jackson. A Swarland Eddie daughter, the heifer is one of 15 pedigrees the family keeps at Taynton, Gloucestershire.
Taking the reserve slot for the second year running was Ledbury-based H. Weston and Sons, this time with the home-bred three-year-old bull Bounds 1 Norbert, a Hawkesbury Ronaldo son.
Taking third place in the initial judging parade with a score of 27 was the commercial champion, Claret, a Limousin cross heifer from Darrell and Sarah Cheacker, Pilning, Bristol. Next in line with 25 points was Moelfre Nerys, a Charolais heifer from Paul Evans, Haverfordwest.
Placing the show’s inter-breed champion beef pairs was more straightforward with the rosettes going to a Limousin duo from Dai Walters, Usk, with commercials from Tim and Kitty Bodily, Llandewi Skirrid, Abergavenny, runners-up.
Top honours in the dairy ring went for the third year in a row to sisters, Sophie and Megan Powell, and for the second year running to their home-bred Holstein Tyrywen Henry Teresa, now a second-calver and one of the family’s 130-strong herd at Hengoed, Caerphilly.
The 18-month-old in-calf Jersey heifer Brightfuture Rumour Had It, from Barry Cambridge, Bristol, was reserve.
With separate male and female line-ups drawn from across 14 breeds to choose from, inter-breed sheep judge, Dorstone’s Rodney Jones, came down in favour of the top Texel for his overall champion.
This was a home-bred shearling tup by Strawfrank Yoda from the 190-ewe Millend flock Russell and Gill Watkins keep with their daughters, Rebecca, Charlotte and Megan, at Craswall, Hereford.
Runner-up was the best of the females, a widely won five-year-old, home-bred Beltex ewe from Andrew Bishop, Eldersfield, with the Royal Welsh Show destined to be its final showring appearance.
Runner-up for the male rosette was a home-bred Coloured Ryeland yearling from Claire Weedall and her 10-ewe Fairview flock at Whixall, while a home-bred Blue Texel ewe lamb from the Nantyderi flock of Rhys Cooke, Llantilio Crossenny, was reserve female leader.
Inter-breed (panel of judges) Supreme, R., K. and J. Jackson, Taygreen Nessie (Limousin); reserve, H. Weston and Sons, Bounds 1 Norbert (Hereford).
Hereford (G. Blandford, Ledbury) Sup., H. Weston and Sons, Bounds 1 Norbert; res., H. Weston and Sons, Bounds 1 Newry.
Limousin (H. Parker, Stourton) Sup., R., K. and J. Jackson, Taygreen Nessie; res., T. and S. Jones, Sherry Neris.
Any other breed (B. Morgan, Tillington) Sup., P. Evans, Moelfre Nerys (Charolais); res., P. Symonds, Newgrove Eriexmore (Aberdeen-Angus).
Commercial (A. Pritchard, Longtown) Sup., D.E. and S.J. Cheacker, Claret (Limousin cross heifer); res., T. and K. Bodily, Avichi (Limousin cross steer).
Inter-breed (S. Hart, Monmouth) Sup., S. and M. Powell, Tyrywen Henry Teresa (Holstein); res.,B. Cambridge, Brightfuture Rumour Had It (Jersey).
Open dairy breeds (S. Hart, Monmouth) Sup., S. and M. Powell, Tyrywen Henry Teresa (Holstein); res., B. Cambridge, Brightfuture Rumour Has It (Jersey).
Inter-breed (R. Jones, Dorstone) Sup. and male, R.M. and G.L. Watkins, (Texel); res. and fem., A. Bishop (Beltex); res. male, C. Weedall (Coloured Ryeland); res. fem., R. Cooke (Blue Texel).
Badgerface Welsh Mountain – Torddu and Torwen (S. Pugh, Llandrindod Wells) Sup., N. Dillon; res., W. Richardson.
Black Welsh Mountain (S. Forsyth, Sennybridge) Sup., E. Meredith; res., M.D. and D.L. Evans.
Beltex (R. Williams, Leominster) Sup., A. Bishop; res., A. Groucott.
Blue Texel (D. Thompson, Blandford Forum) Sup., R. Cooke; res., R. Cooke.
Berrichon (C. Morse, St Clears) Sup., D.J. Gwynne Partnership; res., D.J. Gwynne Partnership.
Greyface Dartmoor (C. Gale, New Milton) Sup., S. McVicar; res., E. Dawson.
Dorset Down (J. Hebditch, Taunton) Sup., E.J. and C.R. Burton; res., J. Hepburn.
Hill Radnor (E. Edwards, Pontypridd) Sup., D.C.L. and C.J. Williams; res., D.C.L. and C.J. Williams.
Kerry Hill (S. John, Llanstephan) Sup., Morgan Family; res., H. Jones.
Ryeland (L. Howell, Gower) Sup., I. Lloyd; res., A. Davies.
Coloured Ryeland (J. Reed, Vowchurch) Sup., C. Weedall; res., C. Weedall.
Shropshire (S. Johnson, Hopton) Sup., S. Farquhar; res., S. Farquhar.
Texel (A. Meredith, Kidderminster) Sup., R.M. and G.L. Watkins; res., G.P. and M. Jones.
Any other upland breed (P. Houldey, Hasfield) Sup., N. Dillon (Beulah Speckled Face); res., C. Kempson (Manx Loaghtan).
Any other lowland breed (G. Havard, Sennybridge) Sup., M. Hart (Charollais); res., R.B. and G.M. Morgan (Suffolk).