The last twelve months seem to have flown by and as a Club we have had a lot of going on.

Speakers we have had during the year have all been excellent; they include Michael Winchester, Chief Meat Buyer of Morrisons Supermarkets, Stuart Boothman, Operations Manager from Cogent and Martyn Leggett from KW Alternative Feeds.

Congratulations go to the NELBC for winning the interbreed quiz this year on what was a very pleasant social evening; we now have it to organise for next year!

A very enjoyable and social day was had courtesy of Geoff & Anne with the Rombalds Herd on show. Cattle were excellent as usual and the hospitality was first class. The Club would like to extend our grateful thanks to them for putting on a first class event.

The stock judging competition was won by Eileen Illingworth

Skipton’s Red Event attracted a large entry from two of our foremost herds in the region, Brontemoor and Oddacres. An excellent sale saw a joint top price of £3,600 and a very good day’s average. An exceptionally large crowd was at the sale; let us hope this is a regional sale to expand upon in the future.

The Northern Limousin Extravaganza followed on from the sale with judge James Wycherley from Cork putting up as the overall show champion a Limousin-sired heifer by Waindale UFO from Derbyshire showman Andrew Dickinson from over 40 entries. The pedigree champion was Tomschoice Emily by Sarkley Topknot out of Tomschoice Bethan a Ronick Member daughter, bred by James & Sarah Cooper. If you are thinking of making some show outings next year the Northern Limousin Extravaganza in Skipton Auction in May next year is a very safe place to start the show season. Please come and support it with some entries.

Leyburn sale in the spring saw a small entry of cattle with some very good prices on the day peaking at £1,360 for a yearling heifer.

The NELBC hosted the Limousin stand at the NBA beef event at Hexham Mart. We had an excellent display of cattle on show. Our thanks go to all exhibitors of cattle, Michael Priestley for selecting the exhibits and everyone who worked on the stand and gave visitors some excellent Northern hospitality.

The Great Yorkshire Show in July attracted over 131,000 visitors and saw an excellent show of Limousin cattle. The breed and junior champion was from James & Sarah Cooper with Tomschoice Elgar by Haltcliffe Vermount out of Tomschoice Artiste, a Sarkley Topknot daughter. The breed won the Senior and Junior Interbreed Team competition and the individual reserve junior interbreed title.

The NELBC also hosted the YLBC annual stock judging event this year at the showground and provided a BBQ afterwards for them. The winner was twenty-two year old Matthew Wright of the North West Midlands & North Wales Club who took home the overall honours and with it the Douglas Crighton Silver Salver. Competitors representing the NELBC were Sarah and Richard Priestley, Josh Wainwright, Mya Priestley and Annabel Mason; well done to them all!

Giving good hospitality is something we always excel at within the Club and yet again it was on display at the Yorkshire with an incredibly busy stand. Our thanks to everyone working on the stand and to everyone who provided cakes and alike, it was all very much appreciated.

August saw the Club make a visit to Procters Farms at Slaidburn. We would like to thank Gary & Karen for putting on a great display of cattle and wonderful hospitality. What a superb set up we saw.

The bull and heifer derby took place in September at Nidderdale Show; our thanks go to judge Matt Ridley and to all the exhibitors who produced a great line-up of young bulls and heifers to put in front of him. Champion heifer was Brontemoor Evita from the Priestley Family and the champion bull was Tomschoice Elgar from James & Sarah Cooper.

November saw the North East Club hosting a very busy Limousin stand at Countryside Live with some excellent cattle on show; our grateful thanks go to the members for running the stand and providing cakes.

The club also had a very informative and interesting visit to Messrs I’Ansons Bros Ltd, feed manufacturers at Masham. The Club were given an extensive tour of the mill and the plant and learnt why micronized feeds were more efficient for feeding ruminants.

The Club sale was held at Leyburn Auction Mart on the 12th November, with just short of forty entries. The judge, John Peckett, put up the Woodhouse Prince sired Millington Drambuie as the overall champion in front of Castleden Elderberry, a March 2009 born heifer by Fieldson Alfy out of Casteden Nan. The day’s top price was £2,100 made by the champion.

The annual dinner took place at The Bridge Inn, Walshford where a very enjoyable evening was had by all. Our herd competition was very ably judged by Roger Hazard with help from his son James and we would like to heartily thank them. Roger was present with his wife Sue at the dinner and presented the awards for the herd competition and gave his reasons. Our many congratulations go to Jim & Margaret Bloom with their Scorboro Herd who were this year’s champion herd.

Many thanks go to all committee members and everyone who has contributed to the club over the year, especially the ladies of the Club for their hard work and endeavours. Our treasurer, Phyllis Orton, as usual has been an absolute stalwart and our new secretary, Annabel Mason, has worked extremely hard to ensure the smooth running of the club. We would also like to thank Keith Wilson who has made yet again an admirable job of organising the herd competition; he has been booked again for next year!


Bardsey Mills Trophy to the highest placed North East Young Limousin Breeder.

Sarah Priestley


Heifer Derby:

1st Brontemoor Evita

2nd Tomschoice Emily

3rd Prietec Egghead


Bull Derby

1st Tomschoice Elgar

2nd Tomschoice Earl

3rd Scorboro Enigma


John Swales