Archive for December, 2011

Hereford – National Calf Show

There was a terrific display of Herefords on show at Shrewsbury Livestock Market for the Annual Christmas Calf Show which this year incorporated the Hereford National Calf Show. One hundred and ten calves were present, the largest single display of Herefords inEurope.

 This years show had an International feel with several Danish Hereford breeders attending the show in support of Judge, Anders Mortensen, of Woodlands Herefords, the oldest herd inDenmark, established in 1966.   

Taking the Supreme Championship was heifer champion, Dendor 1 Greta from D.E., E.D. and A.L. Jones, Dendor Herefords, Caersws, Powys. This is the second successive year that they have taken the Supreme Championship at the Christmas Calf Show.   The Jones’ also collected the reserve male championship with eight month-old Dendor 1 Harinordoquy, by Hawkesbury 1 Prosper, out of former Poll Female of the Year Dendor 1 Ruby 4th.

The reserve supreme championship went to Shraden 1 Henson, by Bosa 1 Ashley, out of Shraden 1 Duchess B186, from local breeders, M.J. and H.M Timmis, Baschurch,Shropshire.  M.J. & H.M. Timmis also took first prize in the commercial heifer or steer by a Registered Hereford sire.  

 The reserve heifer champion was nine month-old Lowesmoor 1 Curly 759 from M.J. Clark, Tetbury, Gloucestershire. He is by Udel 1 BC Bluechip and was bred by David Carroll, Udel Herefords,Wexford,Ireland.

 E.L. Lewis took The Sires Group of Three with calves by Mawarra Vice Admiral (semen) imported fromAustralia. In the Best Pair of Bull Calves owned by the exhibitor it was an all Herefordshire affair with R.A. Bradstock and Partners, G. Blandford and Son and E.L. Lewis and Son taking first, second and third respectively. In the corresponding heifer class, it was Nicholas and Heath who triumphed, with G. Blandford again taking second place and D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones taking third spot.




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A breed record for a Texel female was set last week at the Christmas Cracker sale at Carlisle. Toppingthe trade at 32,000gns was an in-lamb gimmer from the Glensideflock of John Forsyth, Maybole, Ayrshire.  By the 2010 Texel Sire of the Year, Strathbogie Python, out of a dam by Cornerstone Isaac, and in-lamb to the 32,000gns sire, Hull House Space Cowboy, she sold to Alasdair Beaton for the Wester Crosshill flock,Falkirk.

Next at 6,500gns, was another from Glenside, by the same sire and again in-lamb to Space Cowboy, but out of a Castlecairn Keltic sired ewe. She sold t Edward Pugh, Bala. John Mellin, Skipton, breeder of Hull House Space Cowboy paid 6,000gns for another Strathbogie Python gimmer in-lamb to him.

There were two at 5,500gns. The first of these was a Garngour Playboy daughter from Albert and George Howie’s Knock flock. Out of an Anglezarke Krug dam and sold with an index of 305 and in lamb to 20,000gns Sportsman’s Supreme, she sold to Brian Buchan for the Clinterty flock, Fraserburgh.

Also at 5,500gns was another from Glenside. Once again a Strathbogie Python daughter and out of a Castlecairn Keltic Star daughter, she was also in lamb to Hull House Space Cowboy and sold to Edward Pugh, Bala.

 Averages – Cairness 10 gimmers, £1223.25; Tophill six gimmers, £1338.75; Knock 12 gimmers, £2213.75; Rascarrell 12 gimmers, £676.38; Midlock 10 gimmers, £745.50; Glenside 14 gimmers, £4747.50;  Haddo eight gimmers, £787.50.


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Abergavenny Christmas Fatstock Show



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The champion animal at Abergavenny’s Christmas Fatstock show and sale was from E. Matthews and Sons, Bridgend, and sold at £1,800.  The home-bred Limousinheifer had previously won the heavy weight heifer class, weighing 500kg and sold to the co-judge, Doug Willis, retail and wholesale butcher, Cwmbran.   

The reserve champion was exhibited by W.C.R. Cooke and Son, Llantilio Crossenny, the homebred British Blue cross steer weighed 620kg and sold at £1,700 to the co-judge Neil James, butcher, Raglan.




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BERNARD Price, Brynteg, achieved the double at the Brecon Christmas Fatstock show taking the supreme championship with a home-bred heifer, which weighed 665kg and sold for £2,250 and the cull cow championship with a British Blue cross cow which weighed 985kg and made £2,180. Both sold to L. Machin, Manifold Valley Meats, who judged the cull cows.

Store bullocks averaged £1,040 for all types and cull cows topped at 225p/kg to average 142p/kg for 126 cows forward. Messrs Price and Morgan, Tyrosser, took the steer class with a beast that weighed 600kg and made £1,480,again purchased by Manifold Valley Meats.





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 BEEF champion at Selby’s Christmas Fatstock Show and Sale was a 15 month-old, British Blue cross steer from T. and B. Boothroyd, Welwick. Weighing 598kg, it sold at 390p/kg (£2,332) to Philip Hardy for Marr Grange Farm Shop, Marr,Doncaster.

Reserve champion went to R. Q. Richmond, Aberford, with a 17 month-old Limousin steer, weighing 522kg which sold to the judge, Tim Laverick, Holme-on-Spalding Moor, for 320p/kg (£1,670).

J. L. White and Son, Newland took the heifer championship with aLimousin cross heifer, weighing 282kg and selling for 301p/kg  (£1,453) to Farmer Copley’s Farm Shop, Pontefract. The champion bull rosette went to G. Booth and Sons, Bentley, for a 18 month old Limousin cross bull weighing 680kg selling at 246p (£1672) to A Wright and Son,Boston.

Butcher, Donald Binks, East Ardsley, judged the sheep section, awarding the championship to a pen of Texel crosses from A. Lawson and Son, Tadcaster, weighing 44kg which sold for £200 a head to J. and B. Fitton,Oldham.

 The champion pen of pigs came from J.D Collins and Son, Shiptonthorpe, for a pen of four cutters scaling at 90kg and selling at 208p or £187 to the judge, Richard Haigh, Haigh’s Farm Shop, Mirfield. 

The Bailey family, Howden, brought a pig to the sale which was auctioned in aid of the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, Leeds, making £500. The entries from the sausage and pork pie competition were also sold for the same cause, raising a further £500.



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The supreme sheep championship has gone to David and Linda Wadland, Daventry with a pair of Blue Texel ewe lambs out of Beltex cross ewes. Weighing in at 98kg the pair were Continental champions.

Supreme sheep champions from David and Linda Wadland

Reserve overall and reserve continentals were a pair of pure Texels, sired by Luggsmill Dylan, from Andrew Bishop,Gloucesterwhich weighed 87kg.

The native sired and pure-bred champions were a pair of pure-bred Southdowns from Messrs Harmer and Wakeham-Dawson which weighed 100kg.

Judge, John Hall, Carlisle said his champions were an extremely well matched pair, very well turnout out and well finished, but the deciding factor was that they had slightly better tails than the reserve pair.

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Following on from a big day’s judging yesterday Tecwyn Jones has been back in the ring to judge a huge entry Baby Beef classes this morning.

As his supreme champion he chose Golden Eye, a May-2011 born steer, by the Limousin, Shire Apollo, home-bred by John Smith-Jackson, Haltwhistle, Northumberland. Weighing in at 314kg he was the continental champion and has previously been a winner at Countryside Live and AgriExpo. He will be sold at a calf sale in the spring.

Baby beef champion, Golden Eye, from John Smth-Jackson, Haltwhistle, Northumberland

Reserve continental and reserve overall was another home-bred, the Limousin cross heifer, Daisy, by Wilodge Vantastic out of a British Blue/Limousin cow,  from Kevin Ludgate, Leighton Buzzard, who weighed 417kg.

The champion native  sired champion was the winner of the heifer class,  Oakchurch Dawn L021, a January-2011 born, pure-bred Aberdeen-Angus heifer from B.E. Williams, Brecon, Powys. The reserve native sired was the winner of the steer class, the Aberdeen-Angus sired, So Peaty, from M. and H.D. Currie, Dumfries.

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