James May, Bromsgrove took the supreme title at the English Winter Fair with the heifer Tinkerbell.
After a fierce morning of judging on the championship day at the English Winter Fair, Bingley Hall it was the chance for 22 year old James May, Bromsgrove to take the supreme title with Tinkerbell, a Limousin cross.
Selling at £4,200 in the show’s sale to Antony Kitson, Stockton-on-Tees after three other bidders stalled, the 670kg heifer won the heavy Limousin class at Smithfield and took commercial champion at Kington Show. It was also third in her class at the Royal Welsh Show.
Bred by J.R. Richards, Appleby this May 2015-born animal was a bought in a private sale last March.
Richard Bartle, one half of the judging duo said it had a super top, with great style and cover, being an ideal carcase.
Coming in reserve was Trevor, Linda and Jonathan Lyon, Thurlby with the home-bred Jasmine. By their stock-bull Limousin bull Ironstone Hornblower, and out of a cross-bred Limousin cow. It also took the home-bred and fed championship.
Recently, it was third in its class at Countryside Live and sixth at Smithfield. In the summer, it took the calf championship at the Royal Norfolk.
It is now retiring for the year and will be kept for breeding.
Mr Bartle described the 500kg beast as being ‘ideal to be killed for the small butchers’ trade’.
Baby beef champion was from J.A. Nicholls, led by Will Nicholls, a Limousin cross steer, Master Monty, weighing in at 320kg. Bred by Ian Robinson, Northumberland it was purchased in a private sale. The May-born animal will be at the Welsh Winter Fair next.
Reserve was Tallulah, an April-born Limousin cross heifer from the Wilkinson, Lawson and Marwood partnership.
Champion in the pedigree classes went to Frank Page, Northampton with a Limousin, Elkington Lets Party, an April 2015-born, home-bred Limousin.
National Pedigree Calf Show champion, Foxhillfarm Limited Edition, from the Alford Family, Cullompton.
Meanwhile in the National Pedigree Calf Show, the Alford family, Cullompton swept the board, taking supreme with Limousin Foxhillfarm Limited Edition, a home-bred heifer calf, which also recently took female senior champion at Sterling’s Stars of the Future.
Out of Bankdale Elizabeth, it is a maternal sister to the 38,000gns Foxhillfarm Irishlad, and by Kype Interigate who also bred numerous fatstock champions.
Reserve from the same home was Foxhillfarm Manhatton and was junior champion again at Stars of the Future.
In the sheep, Robert Garth, Bentham took both the pairs and single lamb. The pairs were two three-quarter bred Beltex wethers. Weighing 44kg a piece, Mr Garth also took reserve at Countryside Live, and the single champion, part of the prize pair, was also reserve champion there. They sold later in the day for £300/head to George and Clare Cropper, Accrington.
Judge Phillip Houldey descrived them as a ‘perfect pair’, with ‘the right meat in the right places’. He said they were ‘extremely well fleshed, all over the loin’, with exceptional hind legs.
Reserve was Kate Gunn, Herefordshire with a pair of Texel cross ewe lambs. By a Texel tup of Matt Prince, Stafford and out of a Texel cross ewe from David Wadland, Daventry, they weighed in at 74kg and were left unsold in the sale.
Steven and Hayley Loveless, Dorset took the supreme pair of pigs with their June-born large white gilts, at their only national winter fair of the year.
In the carcase hall, the champion lamb carcase was entered by B. Blandford and son, Ledbury. Weighing 26.2kg/dw and graded as an E3L, this Beltex went on to sell to Lea Machin, Grindon at £6.60/kg (£172.92).
Champion beef carcase was from Paul Dawes, Dinmore. An E2 British Blue heifer, weighing 366.4kg/dw and was purchased by Robert Brooks, Derby for £4.10/kg (£1,502.24).
Similarly to last year, champion pig carcase, a 78.4kg Pietrain cross, from Mark Horsley, York sold to Robert Bowring, Mansfiled making £2.40/kg (£201.36). Mr Horsley also took reserve.
Pedigree calf (Judge, A. Smith, Newark) Supreme, M. and M. Alford, Foxhillfarm Limited Edition (Limousin); reserve, M. and M. Alford, Foxhillfarm Manhatton (Limousin).
Overall (R. Bartle, Dinmore and D. Plested, Oxon) Sup., J. May, Tinkerbell (Limousin cross); res., T.A. and L.C. Lyon and son, Jasmine (Limousin cross).
Exhibitor bred and fed (R. Bartle and D. Plested) Sup., T.A. and L.C. Lyon and son, Jasmine (Limousin cross); res., H. H. Evans, Queen B (Limousin cross).
Cross-bred (R. Bartle and D. Plested) Sup., J. May, Tinkerbell (Limousin cross); res., E. and S. Layton, Black Pudding (British Blue cross).
Pedigree (R. Bartle and D. Plested) Sup., F. Page, Elkington Lets Party (Limousin); res., N. Jenkinson, Dymond Blue Kandy (British Blue).
Pedigree native (R. Bartle and D. Plested) Sup., L. Calcraft (Galloway); res., B. Reynolds, Treychan Ar Def Dils (Welsh Black).
Baby beef (K. Harryman, Newlands) J.A. Nicholls, Mater Monty (Limousin cross); Wilkinson, Lawson and Marwood, Tallulah (Limousin cross).
Pairs (P. Houldey, Hasfield) Sup., R. Garth (Beltex cross); res., K. Gunn (Texel cross).
Single (P. Houldey) Sup., R. Garth (Beltex cross); res., E. and H. Williams (Beltex).
(R. Phillips, Sandford)
Pairs, Sup., S.J.S. Loveless; res., M. Horsley (Pietrain cross).
Single, Sup., M. Horsley (Pietrain cross).
(H. Wood, Preston)
Beef, Sup., P.R. Dawes; res., J.M. and S.M. Rowlands.
Lamb, Sup., B. Blandford and Son; res., R.J. Slade.
Pig, Sup. and res. M. Horsley.