Posts Tagged ‘Beef’


The SUPERCOW accolade at AgriScot went to the Holstein champion, Richaven Shottle Squaw, by Picston Shottle, from Richard Bown, whose long trip from Worcestershire was well worthwhile as three of the four animals he has shown today have won.

The second calver, who calved three weeks ago, is currently giving 57 litres. She gave 10,387litres in 305 days in her first lactation and was champion heifer at the South West Dairy Event in 2010 and champion heifer at Royal Norfolk this year.

 Mr Bown also had the Ayrshire champion, Loukat Lucky, who he bought almost two years ago as a fresh milking heifer from Alex Craig in Cheshire.

It was the third win at AgriScot in a row for the Jersey champion, Trecanda Vindication, from Lorna and William Murray, Wolverhampton, who took the same title here last year and the heifer championship in 2009.

The Red and White champion was Sterndale Deuce Rose Red from W.J. Nadin and Co., Buxton, who also won as a heifer here last year.


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Judge, Ashley Fleming, from Co. Down, Northern Ireland has just awarded the heifer championship to the Jersey, Clydevalley Govennor Flora, by Griffens Governr, owned and bred by the Hunter family from Shotts, Lanarkshire and shown by Alison Hunter.

Mr Fleming said he was looking for an animal which was the closest representative to the top of the breed.

He described his champion as having ‘tremendous ring presence and was clearly enjoying being at the event.’

He said she had a a tremendously long body, moved exceptionally well, had quality of bone and rib structure.

In taking this championship the heifer continued her unbeaten show ring record having  previously been interbreed heifer champion at the Royal Highland and champion at the Scottish Calf Show. 

There was no reserve champion but in taking the title the Jersey had to beat the Holstein, Red and White and Ayrshire class winners.

The winning Holstein heifer was Blythbridge Elegant Christabel from Colin and Alister Laird, West Linton, Peebleshire. By the home bred, Blythbridge Elegant Dundee out of a home-bred cow. She took the heifer breed championship at the Royal Highland.

The red and white winning heifer was a Holstein, Crockers Rock Stocking Red, owned by Richard Bowen, Worcester and her breeders, Paul and Mary Bradley, from the Isle of Wight.

She has been interbreed champion and the New Forsest and Hampshire show and reserve champion red and white at the Dariy and Livestock Event this year.

The Ayrshire winner was Marleycote Fawn from Baynes and Sons, Hexham, Northumberland. Home-bred by Des Prairies Potter, she was reserve champion as the All Breeds Calf Show last year.

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 Strong entries forward for annual NI calf show

The Northern Ireland Aberdeen-Angus Club’s 7th annual calf show, held at Dungannon Farmers Mart attracted upwards of 100 entries.  

Judges were Owen and Angela Armstrong McFadden, who run the 50-cow Crerogue herd based at Navan in County Meath.  

Scooping the yearling heifer championship was Coolermoney Rachel K051, bred and exhibited by the father and son team of Adrian and Graeme Parke.

She is by Nakkeg Nord and notched up five reserve supreme championship titles this year. She was also crowned heifer calf champion at last year’s calf show.

Runner-up in the yearling heifer line-up was  Knockadrinan Bell K496 shown by Sam and Sarah Matchett from Portadown. Bred by Tom Reynolds, Bornacoola, County Leitrim and sired by Knockadrinan Precise G398.

The Matchett brother and sister duo claimed a host of accolades at the one-day event, including the supreme and reserve titles in the bull calf championship, and the reserve commercial championship.

Their bull calf champion was the home-bred Birches Prince L967. This six-month-old entry is sired by the herd’s stock bull, Cloghogue Evolution.  

 The yearling bull championship was awarded to Home Farm Ebony Ahead K894, stock bull in Joel Richardson’s pedigree and commercial herd based at Portadown. Sired by Rawburn Rommel E423 and bred by Fintan Keown, Belleek.     

A February 2011-born Bosullow Elmark G209 daughter forward from Robin Lamb and sons Stuart, Ben and Peter, from Richhill scooped the heifer calf championship. The home-bred Richhill Elba L596 won her class at Armagh and Clogher shows.  

The award for the best pair of calves for the second year running went to Adrian and Graeme Parke who exhibited twin heifers sired by Coneyisland Legend.  

The commercial championship was awarded to the April 2010-born Bessiebell Nancy, a Mountjoy Pagan daughter bred from a Salers cross Angus dam, shown by Jack Smyth, Newtownstewart.

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The overall beef championship has just concluded here at Agri-Expo, with judge Archie MacGregor, awarding the title to Tecwyn Jones, North Wales, with Jager Bomb. It was a second win in as many weeks for Jager Bomb, who was also supreme at Countryside Live.  Weighing in at 658kg, the Limousion cross by the French bull, Sapphire, was bought at the Ruthin Show Potential sale in February. Since then he has been a big winner in the show ring including taking the commercial titles at Beef Expo and the Royal Welsh Show. He now goes to the Angelsey and Welsh Winter Fair where he will be sold.

In the runner-up position again for the second week running was Glyn Howatson, with Minnie M, a home-bred Limousin crosss, by Hartsideanew Crackjack, whose mother, Firecracker, was a winner here for the Howatson family in 2008. Minnie M has also been a big winner this season taking the baby beef championship at the Royal Welsh.

Reserve steer, was I’m Your Man, a Limousin cross steer, by Goldie’s Oswald,  from Michael and Melanie Alford, Devon. He was bought privately from the Blandford’s, Worcester earlier in the year.

The reserve heifer championship went to Roger Donaldson, Huby, York, with Ruby, a Limousin cross, shown by his daughter, Katrina. She was bought at Thirk market in March and has been a winner throughout the summer.

Jugdge, Mr MacGregor said he had thoroughly enjoyed judging what had been a fantastic event with a lot of tremendous show cattle and his champion was an all round great beast – very correct on his legs, with tremendous top and loin and a good end, without being overmuscled.

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AGRI-EXPO Baby Beef Results

The first section to come to an end here at Agri-Expo has been the baby beef, where both champion and reserve have come from the steer classes.

Charlotte Alford, from Devon, has carried on from where she left off last week at Countryside Live and once again claimed the title with Pokermon, a Limousin cross steer, weighing 371kg, which was bought at the Thainstone Spectacular in September after taking the calf championship there.

In reserve was  John Smith-Jackson, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, with the home-bred Limousin  cross steer, Golden Eye, by Apollo, who was also class winner at Countryside Live.  Mr Smith-Jackson also took the lightweight heifer section with another home-bred, Limousin cross, Private Dancer, and the heavyweight section went to D. Hicks, Reading, with Bootylicious, a Limousin cross.

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There is a big crowd here at Agri-Expo where judging is already underway and there is a big programme to get through with hugh entries across all the sections.

In charge of the main beef classes is Archie MacGregor, from Allanfauld Farm, Kilsyth Glasgow and judging the sheep classes is Andrew Atkinson from Croft House Farm, Felliscliffe, Harrogate. The baby beef section kicks off a little bit later and will be judged by John Robertson, Newton of Logierait, Pitlochry.  I’ll be posting up-dates as the day progresses and the results of the major classes come in.

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The supreme and reserve beef championships went to Wales and both to Limousin sired animals. Taking the overall title was Tecwyn Jones, Conwy, North Wales with Jager Bomb, a steer weighing 654kg, by the French bull, Saphire, who was bought at the Ruthin Show Pontential sale in February from M. Jones and Son, Ruthin. He has had a tremendous season taking eight championships and six interbreed titles including champion steer at the Royal Welsh. He now goes to Agri-Expo and the Angelsey and Welsh Winter Fair where he will be sold.

In reserve and overall heifer champion was Mimmi M, by Hartsnew Crackerjack out of a British Blue cross Limousin cow, home-bred by M.L. Howatson and Son, Denbigh and shown by Glyn Howatson.  She was baby beef champion and reserve overall commercial at the Royal Welsh Show. This was only a second visit to Countryside Live for the Howatsons, who run 130 suckler cows.

Judge, Phil Sellers said they were both outstanding animals with presence and style, but he chose the steer because even at over 650kg he was all quality and just had a little more finish, length and stretch.

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