• Supreme Champion sells for £6,400
  • Limousin breed wins:
  • Overall Supreme Champion
  • Heifer Champion
  • Steer Champion
  • Reserve Steer Champion
  • Pedigree Champion
  • Best Bred by Exhibitor Champion

Limousin bred cattle led the way in the Championships at the East of England Smithfield Festival, Peterborough held Thursday 26th – Friday 27th November 2015, lifting the Supreme Championship as well as the the Steer Championship and Reserve Steer championship in addition to the Purebred Championship.

Smithfield champion - French Kiss fom Frank Page
Smithfield champion – French Kiss fom Frank Page

Frank Page, Lodge Farm, Elkington, Northampton took the Supreme Championship at the event at Peterborough with the Limousin x heifer French Kiss.  The 600kg heifer is by Heathmount Frenchconnection, a bull the Page’s bought at Carlisle for 15,000gns and is out of a Limousin x cow sired by Pembridge Delboy.  At the auction held on Friday 27th November, the Champion animal was sold for £6400 to Chris Bustance, Spalding.  The win marked a cracking double for Frank Page who only five days previously had lifted the Carcase Championship at the English Winter Fair. Judge James Alexander, Randalstown, Northern Ireland, who had bred last year’s Smithfield champion, commented that his choice for this year’s supreme accolade “was a very balanced heifer with a lovely presence and a beautiful head, her style and presence just put her ahead of the reserve.”

Steer Champion - Shaken Not Stirred from Jennifer Hyslop
Steer Champion – Shaken Not Stirred from Jennifer Hyslop

The Steer Championship was won by Jennifer Hyslop, Girvan, with Shake Not Stirred, a home-bred September 2014-born Limousin cross sired by Shire Apollo.  This beast had also been Champion Limousin steer at Countryside Live in October. Standing as the Reserve Steer, also from Jenifer Hyslop, was Jack the Lad, a Limousin cross sired by Powerhouse Elite.

Reserve Steer Champion - Jack the Lad from Jennifer Hyslop
Reserve Steer Champion – Jack the Lad from Jennifer Hyslop
Pure Continental Champion from Tecwyn Jones
Pure Continental Champion – Brenmick Joy from Tecwyn Jones

Tecwyn Jones, Ty Newydd, Nebo, Llanwrst, Conwy won the Pure Bred and Continental Championship with an 18-month-old pedigree Limousin heifer weighing 648kgs.  It was sired sired by Elite Forever Brill and bred by J.M. Jones, Pen-y-Bryniau.  Standing Reserve in the Pure-Bred Continental section was a Limousin x steer from Ifan J Phillips.

The excellent show of Limousin sired cattle at the event were a credit to exhibitors with animals showing the qualities and traits of the Limousin breed of high meat to bone ratio with outstanding yields of saleable meat.