Young Farmers Clubs and local schools brought forward a big share of the exhibits in the Ashford Christmas Cattle Show.
YOUNG Farmers’ Clubs and local schools brought forward a big share of the exhibits in the Ashford Christmas Cattle Show.
The supreme champion in the Farmers Guardian-sponsored event came from the heifer lines, with a Limousin cross from Ruth Perry, Cranbrook. She was showing in her own right, after many years showing for High Weald Academy YFC.
The heifer was bred by Ralph and Angie Dickson, Steyning, and sold for 300p/kg (£1,752) to wholesalers P.C. Turner, Farnborough.
Reserve champion was another Limousin cross heifer, this one shown by the High Weald Academy YFC, but bred by Wendy Turley, Tunbridge Wells. Turners were the buyers at 252p/kg (£1,546).
Limousin heifers peaked at 255p/kg, grossing £1,328 and £1,234, from Paul and Clare Burden, Detling.
These were bought by Fulk Brothers, Pirbright, and Ray and Kay Thornby, Bethersden, respectively.
A good entry of pairs and unled singles were topped by Limousin cross heifers from William Alexander, Shoreham, Sevenoaks.
The winners sold at 219p/kg to the Thornbys, while the reserve champions made 230p/kg and 220p/kg, having been exhibited by Shaun and daughter Pippa Marsh, Guston, Dover.
A good show of lambs saw a nice lift in the trade, with some finished lambs now selling up in the £80-plus price bracket.
The supreme champions were a pair of Southdown crosses, weighing 43kg and shown by Justin and Sue Hamer, Offham, Lewes.
These were purchased for £200 by Flock and Herd Butchers, Peckham, London.
The reserve champion lambs, a pair of Beltex crosses, weighed 39kg and were shown by Hazel and Katie Long, Mystole, Canterbury. These made £175 to Fulk Brothers.
The champion pen of five was once again exhibited by Caroline Worley. These were Beltex weighing 47kg and making £104 to Jim Lukehurst, Hinxhill, Ashford.
A pair of Pietrain cross pigs, weighing 77kg from Valley Park School YFC, Maidstone, won the pig championship. The reserves were Pietrain cross Saddlebacks from Mark Wilson, Smarden.
The judge, Jim Lukehurst, Brook, Ashford, bought the champions for 230p/kg (£177), while East Kent wholesaler, Shaun Fagg, took the reserves for 175p/kg (£138).
High Weald Academy YFC produced the champion lamb carcase, a Texel cross bought by Nick Hedges, Staplecross, for 600p/kg (£162), and he followed this purchase by securing the reserve at 590p/kg (£152). This was Caroline Worley’s Beltex cross Texel.
Hadlow College, Tonbridge, and Westlands School YFC, Sittingbourne, took the honours on the pig lines.
The college’s pigs were Pietrain cross Welsh, which made £300p/kg (£214) to show president Paul Burden and the School YFC’s Welsh pig made 260p/kg (£152).
Winner of the cross-bred cattle sired by native bull class, sponsored by Farmers Guardian, a Sussex cross from North School YFC, shown by Grace Twyman
Supreme cattle champion, a Limousin cross, from Ruth Perry, Cranbrook, which sold for £1,752 to P.C. Turner, Farnborough
Daniel Cox, Stawell, Bridgwater, bought a heifer, Little Ann, with money saved up from his part-time job.
Picked out, fed and prepared by himself, it went on to sell for £2,900 to Puxton Butchers, Hewish.
The reserve champion from Mike and Mel Alford, was a pure Limousin steer and sold for £2,000.
Show lambs were topped by A.D. Bishop, with a Beltex which sold for £200 (455p/kg) to Puxtons.
In reserve was Percy Clatworthy, whose lamb sold at £140 (359p/kg) to John May Family Butchers, South Molton.
Champion pigs pair were cutters from Chris Chilcott, which made £220 apiece (191p/kg) to John May.