The 2012 Royal Highland Winter Fair set the stage for the inaugural Pure Limousin classes which were judged by noted suckled calf producer Michael Scott of Thirlwall Castle, Brampton, Cumbria.
And having won the intermediate heifer class, Foxhillfarm Gracie from Michael, Melanie and Charlotte Alford, Cullompton, Devon, secured the Overall Championship. This August 2011-born homebred heifer is by the highly acclaimed 42,000gns Wilodge Vantastic and is out of the 15,000gns foundation female Bankdale Alice who was purchased at the Bankdale Dispersal Sale at Carlisle while in-calf with Gracie. As the pure classes were being judged Michael Alford himself was hard at work as the judge in the blue-riband commercial cattle classes and championships!
Foxhillfarm Gracie has already made an impression on the show circuit having stood second on her first outing in a strong baby heifer class at the Royal Welsh in the summer.
Standing Reserve to her was Anside Gigolo from Stephen & Martin Irvine, Moray, Aberdeenshire. Born November 2011, this one is by Derriaghy Enfield, the 22,000gns stock sire owned in partnership with Emslies Livestock, and is out of the Wilodge Tonka daughter, Larkhill Didi. Shown on his second outing, he had previously taken the Senior Interbreed Championship at Forfar Mart’s Stars of the Future Calf Show.
Junior female, born between 1st January and 31st May 2012
1st D and L Graham’s Burnbank Holly, by Carmorn Dauphin out of Burnbank Darling
2nd Messrs Watson and Work’s Dumbreck Holly, by Saphir out of Dumbreck Ebony
Intermediate female, born between 1st August and 31st December 2011
1st Mr and Mrs MJ Alford’s Foxhill Farm Gracie, by Wilodge Vantastic out of Bankdale Alice
2nd Mr and Mrs Stephen Irvine’s Anside Giulia, by Derriaghy Enfield out of Normande Bouquet
Junior bull, born between 1st January and 31st May 2012
1st Firm of W I and A W Callion’s Lodge Hydro, by Rossignol out of Lodge Electra
2nd AR Lindsay’s Clydeside HD, by Clydeside Bronx out of Clydeside CD.
Intermediate bull, born between 1st August and 31st December 2011
1st Mr and Mrs Stephen Irvine’s Anside Gigolo, by Derriaghy Enfield out of Larkhill Didi
2nd Harvey Cattle’s Harveys Gatsby, by Harveys Drymen out of Harveys Betty