Archive for July, 2012

THE sheep inter-breed trophy  at the Royal Welsh this year heads up to Aberdeenshire after the Ingram family from Inverurie took top honours with a home-bred aged ewe from their Charollais flock.

The winner was Logie Durno Kate, which was breed champion at this year’s Royal Highland Show and is full sister to the 2010 Royal Welsh breed champion; Logie Durno Jackpot. The ewe, which took the continental title before taking the overall inter-breed, is by Rockvilla Golden Promise and out of a Rutland ewe.
Earlier in the day the ewe had been teamed with a ram, also from the Ingrams, to win the inter-breed pairs trophy. This tup, Ffrwd Lord of the Ring, is by a Rhaeadr tup and was bred by Dewi Prichard Evans of Anglesey. The Ingrams bought the ram for 3,200gns at the main NSA ram sales at Builth Wells last year.

Patrick Tantrum of Landrindod Wells was the individual inter-breed judge and his overall runner-up was the winner of the native upland section; a two-year-old Beulah Speckled Face ram from Dyfan Evans of Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire. The tup is by a Bound sire and was bought privately as a yearling from breeder Mervyn Price, Penycrug, Builth Wells. This was its first show outing.

Reserve in the continental judging was a Rouge ewe from Percy Tait of Hackett, Worcester. This ewe was fresh from success at the Great Yorkshire Show where it scooped the overall inter-breed prize for the second consecutive year. The home-bred five-year-old is by Knighton Boycey.

A Brecknock Hill Cheviot ram from well-known cattle breeders Huw and Wendy Morgan of Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, took the runner-up rosette in the native upland section. This was the first show outing for the ram, which was bred by P. Davies of Sennybridge and bought by the Morgan as a yearling.

Winner in the native lowland section was a shearling ewe from the Welsh Mule section. This home-bred tup was shown by Ben Powell on behalf of his parents Howell and Liz who farm at Rhayader, Powys.

The ewe was followed by a Clun Forest ram from Brian and Anne Davies of Garthbrengy, Brecon. The ewe was bred by B. Froggart and bought as a shearling from Ludlow last year.
Reserve in the inter-breed pairs competition went to a Kerry Hill shearling ram and shearling ewe.
The home-bred ram from Geraint Roberts of Denbigh is by a Myndcal tup and this was its first major show outing.
The ewe exhibited by Sion Jones of Aberystwyth was bred by J.P. Owens and bought at a sale in Ludlow. Its previous show successes include the rare breeds title on the second day of this year’s Royal Welsh Spring Festival.






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THE pig interbreed championship at the Royal Welsh Show went to the August 2010-born, British Lop sow, Catrin Harmony 22984, by Bezurell Supreme 2, owned by six-year-old, Catherine Nicholas, from Raglan, Monmouthshire.

Judge, Arthur Gregory, Selby, North Yorkshire, said she was ‘a clear winner, which walked well, had good hams and was the type of breeding sow we should be looking for in Lops.’

Harmony is one of 12 British Lops kept by the Nicholas family, who also took the reserve male championship with Catrin Duke 4.

Reserve overall and reserve female was the Saddleback champion, Beilliau Dinah 5, by Beilliau Grand Duke 5, from M.G.W. Trumper, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.

The male championship went to the August 2011-born Welsh boar, Goldfoot Arthur 4, by Gillbeck Arthur from Mr and Mrs Teife Evans and Son, Newcastle Emlyn, Ceredigion

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It was a first Royal Welsh inter-breed win for Philip and Stuart Williams when they took the title with their Ayrshire fifth calver, Middle Lady Milestone E.

Bred by J. Whiteford and Sons, Carlisle, she was bought by the father and son team, who milk 80 Ayrshires and 100 Holsteins at Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, as an in-calf heifer in 2007.  Having calved in February, she is projected to give 9,500 litres in her current lactation. This was her first major show ring outing and she will now go to Pembrokeshire County.

Judge, Arthur Lawrie from Milnathort, Fife said she was ‘a superb cow, particularly for a fifth calver, and had real ring presence and style and obviously loved being at the show.’

In reserve was the Holstein champion, Castellhyfryd Spirte Rosina, who took the inter-breed title here last year and was Holstein champion at the Dairy Event.   

Mr Lawrie said she was also an outstanding cow and an excellent example of the breed, but it was the front end which just gave the Ayrshire the edge.

The heifer championship went to the Holstein, Wyndford Jasper Betty 92, by Wilcoxview Jasper, from Wilfred Maddocks, Newport, Shropshire. Currently giving 35kg, she was reserve breed champion at Newport Show on her previous outing. In reserve was the Jersey, Glanmor Ring Money from Glanmor Jerseys, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, who milk 100 Jerseys. This was her show ring debut.

The Holsteins won both the pairs and the team of five championships with the Jerseys in reserve in both classes.



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Limousins  took the team of five competition judged by Archie MacGregor, Allanfould, Glasgow, when  Ironstone Dumandy from Smiths of Bloxham was joined by the Limousin male champion, Bailea Spunkie sired, Hafodlas Domino from W.J. and M. Mash, Buckinghamshire, whose previous wins this season include the Royal Highland Show’s inter-breed title. Making up the team were Mr. Mash’s cow, Brockhurst Elaine and the heifers, Dinmore Elegance from Paul Dawes, Hereford, and Sherry Fraggle from T. and S. Jones, Hereford. Reserve in the team of five competition were the Welsh Blacks.



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The junior heifer interbreed championship has gone to the Longhorn champion, Fishwick Kanara, by Bollin Eugene, from John Close and Son, Berwickshire. The home-bred, March 2010-born heifer has already won at the Great Yorkshire and Cheshire County this season.

The native section of the junior bull championship went to the Aberdeen-Angus, Dark Lane Jem, by Rawburn Element from N.J. and B. Pittams, Brecon, Powys. Winning the continental section was yesterday’s reserve inter-breed and Charolais champion, Maerdy Grenadier, from Esmor Evans.

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The commercial beef championship has gone to the heifer champion, Blackberry, owned by B. E. Williams and shown by Neil and Sally Lloyd of the Black N Blue show team. Weighing in at 520kg and by the 16,000gns British Blue bull, Gass Cheggers, she was bought from breeder, Rob Jones, Brecon, and was making her show ring debut.

Reserve overall was the reserve heifer champion, the Limousin sired, Roxy Rose from G.P. Brooke, and bred by Emily Jones.

The steer championship went to Michael and Melanie Alford with No Likey No Lightly. By a son of Fieldson Alfy he was bought at Brecon earlier in the year and was reserve overall at Beef Expo, steer champion at Royal Cornwall and Bath and West and commercial champion at Three Counties.

The baby beef title went to Tecwyn Jones with his Beef Expo supreme champion, Tequila. The Limousin-sired heifer weighed in at 366kg and will next be aimed at the winter fair circuit.

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All the dairy breed championships have now taken place on the second day of a very sunny Royal Welsh Show.

Leading the Holsteins and carrying on from where she left off last year was Castellhyfryd Spirte Rosina, the 2011 inter-breed champion. Owned by Simon and Sian Davies, she calved her third just 14 days ago and is currently giving 50kg, after giving 16,500litres in her second lactation. This was her first outing of the season.

The Jersey championship went to Arwyn Wilson with the third calver, Bluegrass Charlies Happiest, bred by B and J Daw, who was making her show ring debut. It was the second Jersey championship in a row here for the Wilson family.

Leading the Ayrshires was Middle Lady Milestone from Philip and Stuart Williams. This fifth calver was bought as a heifer in-milk from breeder, J. Whiteford and Sons in 2007. She calved in February and is projected to give 9,500kg.

Elkington Princess Anne 6, a third calver from Ian Harries took the Dairy Shorthorn championship. Currently giving 40kg this was her first show ring outing having only been halter broken last week.

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