Limousins win Supreme & Reserve Overall Championship
Baby Beef Champion & Reserve
Supreme Champion sells for £7,300
One-two for Limousins in Pedigree Championship
Reserve Beef Carcase
A further stop on the 2012 winter primestock show circuit at the English Winter Fair, Bingley Hall, Staffordshire on17th-18th November saw Limousin stock dominate the proceedings to secure the Overall Supreme, Baby Beef, and Pedigree Championships.
Mr GP Brooke, Barley Farm, Alfrick, Worcs took the Overall Supreme Championship with his red Limousin-cross heifer, Roxy Rose, brought out by stockman Paul Walker. May 2011-born, this one was bred by Emily Jones, Coedmore Hall, Cellan, Lampeter being sired by the 15,000gns Haltcliffe Chico and out of a Limousin-cross dam. Gilbert Brooke, who farms with his son Colin, had purchased the heifer at McCartneys’ Brecon Sale in February where she had stood second in her class. To date, the 590kg Roxy Rose has had 10 Championships under her belt including last time out at Kington. The Champion later sold for a cracking £7,300 to B&T Kitson, t/a The Yorkshire Butcher, based in Northallerton & Stockton-on-Tees which worked out at £12.37per kilo liveweight. Breeder Emily Jones was the under bidder.
Championship Judges were butchers Mr Jim Mullholland, Midtown Farm, Great Orton, Carlisle together with Philip David, Homedale, High Street, Porlock, Somerset. Phil David commented: “The Champion is a superb animal, very even through the shoulder and across the top, well put together with very little waste once put through the butchers’ shop.” Jim Mullholland congratulated breeders and exhibitors on a tremendous show with quality in depth and especially through the Limousin classes.
TC Edwards & Son, comprising father Trebor and sons Gwyn and Erfyl, took the Reserve Overall title with their Limousin crossbred heifer, Bang Tidy, who had come through the Homebred & Fed section. August 2011-born, she is sired by Waindale Ufo and is out of a Limousin-cross dam. In the post-show auction, she went under the hammer for £3,000 to the Judge Jim Mulholland at £5.08ppkg.
It was a one-two for the Limousin breed in the pedigree championships. Mr & Mrs M Alford, Foxhill Farm Cullompton, Devon secured the Overall Championship with their 695kg Bishops Goldilocks bred by Andrew Bishop, Pitfield Farm, Elderfield, Glocs. Sired by the prolific show calf producer, Waindale Ufo, and out of Scorboro Custard, the January 2011-born Goldilocks now heads to the British Limousin Cattle Society’s premier Red Ladies sale at Carlisle on 14th December. Reserve Overall was another Limousin purebred heifer, Keskadale Gamel, from Mr KD Harryman, Keskadale Farm, Newlands, Keswick. June 2011-born, she is by Sarkley Volvo and out of Keskadale Bramble and weighed in at 520kg. Limousin Steer Champion was Powerhouse Giggs exhibited by A&B Hughes, Cwmhendryd, Lampeter. Bred by C&W Phillips, Weobley, Hereford, the August 2011-born Giggs is sired by the French bull Attirant and is out of Marden Tpinda.
The Alfords also had the crossbred Steer Champion in the shape of the prolific winner No Likely No Lighty who had already taken numerous titles this year including Reserve Overall at both Agri Expo and Countryside Live. Bred by Messrs Powell, Talgarth, Powys and purchased at Brecon earlier this year, this purebred Limousin bullock is by a son of the noted Limousin sire Fieldson Alfy.
Keith & Mark Harryman had earlier secured the Reserve Baby Beef Championship under judge Mr Colin Soutter, Whinfellpark Cottages, Brougham, Penrith with their crossbred Limousin heifer, Black Magic, bred by WR Sparke & son, Little Swinburn, Hexham. Born in February 2012, this daughter of the homebred sire, Keskadale Eyeful, a Snoopy son, scaled 385kg.
Baby Beef Champion was Phil & Sharon Sellers’ Sexy N I Know It. Purchased by the Thorpe Tilney, Lincolnshire-based couple from John Richardson, Ghyll House, she is one of the first calves sired by Culnagechan Egbert (Heros x Carmorn Penny) bought privately from Derek Hume, Randalstown, N Ireland, and is out of a Limousin-cross cow. The 365kg heifer had previously stood second in her class to the eventual Champion at Countryside Live. Commenting, the judge said: “My Champion had plenty of thickness and style, was very clean through the middle with lovely thickness and roundness through the back end.” Baby Steer Champion was TA & LC Lyon & Son’s Jagger, April 2012-born and bred by W Richardson & Son. Exhibitor-bred Champion was Messrs Lawson & Wilkinson’s Lily, another Limousin-cross.
In the Carcase Competition which aims at a maximum deadweight carcase of 380kg, Bryan & Carole Wilson, Haughton, Staffs won the Reserve Championship award with a home-bred 307kg Limousin-cross sired by Haughton Arkle and grading -U3, under judge and butcher Mr Nigel Coles, Rugeley, Staffs.