Supreme Cattle Champion
Reserve Baby Beef Champion
The Royal Welsh Winter Fair held Mon 26th to Tues 27th November 2012 once again proved the commercial dominance of the Limousin breed with Limousin-sired cattle taking a host of top awards, including the show’s Supreme Cattle Championship, the Heifer Championship, Steer Championship and Reserve Baby Beef Championship.
Picked out from what was without doubt one of the finest shows of primestock cattle to be seen anywhere in the UK in recent years, the Overall Champion was Black Mist, an evenly-fleshed and showy heifer from Colin Harris & Ann Lewis, Brecon.
This one, which weighed 536kg on show day, was bought out of Brecon in the spring for £3,200 and was bred by Dafydd Lewis, Pentwyn, Cwrtycadno, Pumsaint, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire. Black Mist is by the Fieldson Ulerberlu son, Penygelly Bart, bred by BL & JE Griffiths, and had stood Reserve Overall Champion at Brecon when she was bought.
Judge Bryan WL George, a family butcher from Talgarth, Brecon picked out Black Mist from a strong line-up of heifer class winners, saying she was exactly the type of beast he wanted to kill week-in, week-out. “She’s full of flesh, clean and light of bone. She’s just what I want and has minimal waste.”
May 2011-born Black Mist was on her first and only outing of the winter show season and had been shown locally over the summer. She sold later in the day to the judge for £4,000 (£7.46/kg).
Taking the Steer Championship was Ivybridge, Devon-based Lewis Cook with another Brecon purchase and another by a Limousin, this time Bordeaux, a 568kg bullock by the 7,000gns bull Rhiwllech Eclipse, a Kype Tornado son bred by DM Howells, Gelli Farm, Cymmer, Port Talbot. Bordeaux was purchased for £1,800 when he stood third in his class at Brecon in February.
Bordeaux, a September 2011-born bullock, was bred by Messrs JB & FK Jones, Pentregwyn, Brecon, and was the first calf to be sold from Rhiwllech Eclipse at the time. He has previously been Reserve Overall Champion at Beef South West and was also Champion at Liskeard.
In the Baby Beef classes, a Limousin-sired heifer from Colin & Wendy Phillips, The Batch, Sarnesfield, Weobley, Herefordshire, took the Reserve Overall award. This was Flashey Lassey a 415kg February-born Soleil daughter and out of a Limousin-cross cow which Elfed Williams, Station Court, Sennybridge, Powys bought from Ireland two years ago and was a multiple championship winner for him. In the post-show auction, he was purchased by Mr Williams for £4,800.
Taking the top ticket in the class for pedigree Limousin heifers was Messrs MLL Howatson, Ty Newydd, Nantglyn, Denbigh with Brenig Gain, a Haltcliffe Dynamo daughter out of Brenig Urgain with second place here going to Paul Dawes, Kipperknowle Farm, Dinmore, Hereford with Dinmore Glorious, a Wilodge Vantastic daughter out of Aghadowey Alix,
In the pedigree Limousin steer class the winner was Andrew Bishop, Pitfield Farm, Eldersfield, Glocs with Bishops Gadolfin, a Waindale UFO son and out of Stitford Daffodil; second to him were Aeron & Berwyn Hughes with Powerhouse Giggs, an Attirant son out of Marden Tpinda and bred by Colin & Wendy Phillips. This was a reverse of the result at the English Winter Fair.
Top price heifer at £8,200 was on behalf of Brian Jones, Bailea, Sennybridge out of a purbred Limousin cows. The baby heifer sold to R & M McGiveron, Co Cork, Ireland.
Pedigree Limousin Results
- MLL Howatson Brenig Gain (Haltcliffe Dynamo x Brenig Urgain) 524kg
- Paul Dawes Dinmore Glorious (Wilodge Vantastic x Aghadowey Alix) 552kg
- P Jones & Son Janos Geraldine (Rossignol x Corridan Voyage) 596kg
- P Jones & Son Oakpark Gingerspice (Salomon x Montgomery Camille) 638kg
- M Alford Bishops Goldilocks (Waindale UFO x Scorboro Custard) 704kg
- BE Williams Trannon Gemini (Glangwden Dougie x Trannon Charity) 708kg
- Andrew Bishop Bishops Gadolfin (Waindale UFO x Stitford Daffodil) 634kg
- A & B Hughes Powerhouse Giggs (Attirant x Marden Tpinda) 540kg
- Tomos Jenkins Brutus Glen (Bailea Umber x Brutus Clara) 568kg