Archive for November, 2012

The supreme beef championship has gone to Victoria and Gillian Bowring, Mansfield, with Olympic Dream, the overall heifer champion. This Bailea Umber sired heifer, which weighed in at 596kg was bought from David Brute at the Ruthin sale in February where she was calf champion and has since been a winner at AgriExpo.

Supreme champion Olympic Dream from V and G Bowring, Mansfield, Notts.

Runner up was the reserve heifer champion, Black Beauty, from Tecwyn Jones and family. Bred by John Smith-Jackson, this June 2011-born heifer, weighing 552kg, has already been supreme at Countyside Live and AgriExpo this year.

Taking the steer championship was No Likey No Lightly from Michael, Melanie and Charlotte Alford.  This Limousin-sired steer has had a tremendous summer and winter season, including taking the steer championship at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

Reserve steer was Rob Roy from Trevor, Linda and Jonathan Lyons. Bought privately from Rob Jones, Buith Wells, he was reserve baby beef champion at both Beef Expo and the Royal Welsh before winning at the English Winter Fair.


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 Some of the early cattle championships have been completed at the East of England Smithfield Festival. The pure bred native championship has gone to B. E. Williams, Leominster, with Smurf, a January 2011-born Aberdeen-Angus heifer. In reserve was Michael Kirby, Holdsworthy, Devon, with Blackcroft-Dizzy Rascal, a May 2011-born Aberdeen-Angus steer.

The champion pure bred Contintental and overall pure bred championship has gone to K. Harryman, Keswick, Cumbria with his Limousin heifer, Keskadale Gamel. In reserve was Michael and Melanie Alford with another Limousin heifer, Bishops Goldilocks.

 The cross-bred native heifer champion was Dermot Small, Co. Down, withthe Aberdeen-Angus cross heifer, Guilty For Gucci and in reserve was George and Aileen McFadzean with another Aberdeen-Angus-cross heifer, The Black Beaver.

John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains took the cross-bred native steer championship with an Aberdeen-Angus-sired steer, Brawburn and runner up was the McFadzean’s again, this time with That’ll Be Right, an Angus steer.



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Supreme Champion, Marvellous Mo, led the trade at this year’s Royal Highland Winter Fair post show sale at Ingliston selling at £3400 to the days judgeMichael Alford,, Cullompton, Devon. This Limousin cross heifer was shown by Stewart Bett and Lynsey McKay, Castleton Farm, Stirling and had been bought at Kinross Show from breeder Alistair McLaren, Classlochie, Kinross after she had stood overall commercial champion.

Topping the butchers cattle section was the reserve butchers champion a Limousin cross heifer Hubba Bubba from Blair Duffton, Huntly, selling for £3.70 p/kg (£1.68lb) grossing £2571.50, this 695kg heifer found her new home with Gordon Cameron, Acharacle.

Next at £3.10 p/kg was Ace of Spades a fourth prize heifer weighing in at 580kg grossing £1798 from J Hodge, Dykes Farm selling to K Young, Tormitchell. The following on from this was bid of £2.85 p/kg twice. Firstly from F Jones and Son, Isgaer for Geraint Wyn, the Butchers Champion, a Charolais bullock which weighed in at 585kg and grossed £1667.25 going on to sell to Messrs J and H Cairns, Carluke.

Next to attract the same money was a Limousin bullock weighing in at 575kg from R J Wright, Bedlands, Somerton. This first prize bullock grossed £1638.75 and sold again to Messrs J and H Cairns, Carluke.

Topping the native section of the sale per kg and per head were both entries from the Galloway classes. Top bid was £2.45 p/kg for a 530kg bullock from George Harvey, Balfron selling to Whannel, Wishaw. Top grossing native bred animal came in the Farm of George McFadzeans’ heavy weight first prize winning bullock. This cracking beast went over the scales at 745kg and sold to £2.40 p/kg and grossing £1788 going to Mr Paton, Cairnhill.

In the calf section of the sale a top call of £2000 was achieved for a second prize Limousin cross heifer, Black Diamond, weighing 335kg, from Fred Murray, Wrangham selling to John MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth. Just behind this was the overall calf champion form RSPB, Aoradh, Islay, brought out by farm manager E Brown a 390kg Charolais heifer selling at £1500 to Allan Donald.

Next up was another from Fred Murray this time a first prize Limousin heifer selling at £1350 to TWH Farming, Wigton, Cumbria.

AVERAGES 38 cattle – 7 calves, £1271.42, 20; 19 bullocks, £2.44 p/kg; 7 heifers, sold to average £2.76 p/kg.
Auctioneers – Caledonian Marts (Stirling)

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The overall sheep championship and butcher’s lamb championship went to a pair of Texel sired lambs from the John Hall and family, Dalston, Cumbria. By a ram from the Turbo flock of Jan Rodenburg,  the pair weighed in at 102kg.

Reserve and reserve champion butcher’s lambs were the Beltex sired pair from Andrew Morton. By Beechy Norman this pair weighed 80kg.

The hill bred championship went to the North Country Cheviot pair, by an Armadale ram, from Douganhill Farms, who were taking the breed championionship for the second year running.

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Michael Alford has awarded the supreme beef championship to the champion heifer, Marvellous Mo from Stewart Betts and Lyndsey McKay. Bred by Brian McLaren, the September2011-born heifer, weighing 590kg, is by Lodge Danny Boy, out of a British Blue cow. She was bought after winning the championship at Kinross Show and was also a class winner at AgriExpo.

Runner up and exhibitor-bred champion was the reserve champion heifer, Wicco Bobby, by Haltcliffe Donny, from Grant Morrison, who was showing at the event for the first time.  

The steer championship went to Jennifer Hyslop, with Jack Flash, by the Limousin, Fedney House Dapper. Weighing 530kg, the September 2011-born steer was bought out of Caledonian Mart earlier in the year.

Reserve champion steer was the home-bred Red Duke, by the Charolais, Duenawd Dole, from Will Owen, Dougie McBeath and Sarah Jane Jessop, which had been male commercial champion at the Royal Highland Show.

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In the Aberdeen-Angus calf show, judged by Ian Campbell, the championship, has gone to Ballathie Estates with the home-bred March 2012-born heifer, Ballathie Kira, by Rawburn Emblem.
Reserve was Netherton Karama M675, an April-born heifer, by Netherton Big Edition, from W. and D. McLaren.

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 In the pedigree sections the Limousin championship has gone to Michael, Melanie and Charlotte Alford with August 2011-born, Foxhill Farm Gracie, by Wilodge Vantastic out of Bankhill Alice, who was one of the foundation cows of the Alfords pedigree Limousin herd.
In reserve was the winner of the intermediate bull class, the November 2011-born, Anside Gigolo, from Stephen Irvine. By Derriaghy Enfield, which the Irvines own in partnership with Harry Emslie, this one was inter-breed champion at the recent Forfar Stars of the Future Calf Show.

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