Hannah Ormerod was crowned Supreme Champion of Gisburn Auction Marts Cattle Over Wintering Competition on Friday evening, 4th March 2016. The pre-sale show was co-judged by Kelly Jowett of Thornton, Bradford, and last year’s show winner Jack Pickup from Roughlee. The judges selected 26 year old Hannah’s 11 month Limousin x heifer as the winner having earlier in the evening picked up two first prizes in class 5 for the best presented and handled animal and class 15 for the best female animal shown by a competitor 17-27 years old.
Hannah should be an inspiration to others. This is her first time big win, having never entered a livestock show, until Gisburn Auction’s young handlers’ competition, other than as a little girl with lambs in the Young Shepherd class at Trawden show. An ex-Myerscough student with an Equine Science degree she is a qualified riding instructor and endurance competitor at Endurance Great Britain level. Hannah has worked on different farms and helps her Grandad with his pedigree Limousin herd ‘Limehill Limousins’, Burnley, alongside being a rep for Southwest Lancs Farmers (SWLF). Hannah never expected to win, she just wanted to get through without any problems. Through research and hard work Hannah transferred her existing skills and knowledge to produce a champion. Having bought the Limousin heifer as a 7-8mo through a Gisburn Thursday stirk sale from David Gott, Trawden, Hannah could see the animal had a nice shape, a good back end and it would do well, halter training at every opportunity. Mr Gott watched on with pride as Hannah went on to win not just two firsts but champion too. The heifer was bought for £775 and sold on Saturday for £1560, a gross profit margin of £785 which enabled Hannah to buy the heifer back as she intends to breed from her. The gross profit margin averaged at £198.70 of all the competitors.
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