Young Limousin Breeders’ Calf Show 2008

Borderway Mart, Carlisle, played host to the first National Limousin Young Breeders’ Club Calf Show on Friday 12th December 2008. With over £1,000 of sponsorship kindly donated from The Farmers Guardian, Ironstone Limousins, Tomschoice Limousins, Stanford Livestock International, System Group Ltd and Showtime, alongside salvers presented by the Beeches Herd and Norman Limousins, the Competition was an extremely attractive event.

Competitors were firstly split into Juniors and Seniors for the handling section of the judging. Animals were paraded in front of judge Mr Jim Bloom, Chairman of the British Limousin Cattle Society, where he judged competitors on their ability to present and parade an animal for show, as well as asking them a series of questions.

Champion Junior handler was Jennifer Hyslop, followed by Thomas Illingworth and Edward Hird. The Senior section saw Rob Kirton come out on top followed by Michael Norman and Richard Livingstone.

The following two classes were separated into Bulls and Heifers. These were judged by Young Breeders’ member Richard Priestley, who qualified to judge the event after achieving the highest placed Senior in the National Limousin Stock Judging Competition at the 2008 Royal Show.

First placed bull calf was Norman Drover which sold for 4000gns

First placed bull calf was Norman Drover; in second was Millington Dominator followed by Haltcliffe Donny. In the Heifer class it was Millington Dazzler that was placed first, followed by Tomschoice Dapple. The Supreme Championship was awarded to the seven month old calf, Norman Drover, the first calf from the Norman Herd’s junior stock bull, Glangwden Bigboy, who holds a Beef Value of LM+50. Norman Drover was later sold in the Weaned Calf Sale realising a price of 4,000gns when going under the hammer to the noted Northern Irish breeder, Francis McAuley, to be used as a future stock bull in his Carmorn Herd. Reserve Champion was Millington Dominator, a February born embryo Bull calf, by the French bull Mas Du Clo.

The Young Breeders would like to thank Borderway Mart for hosting the event, all the sponsors for being so generous with their donations, all the exhibitors and judges Jim Bloom and Richard Priestley, together with the British Limousin Cattle Society, and hope continued support will allow this to become a successful annual event.