The journey over the water was made well worthwhile for Henry Savage, whose October 2014-born bull, Trueman Jacko, clinched the championship.
Carlisle is a lucky venue for the Savage family, as it was only last October when they achieved a new world record of 140,000gns for Trueman Jagger. The breeder, who comes from Newry in County Down, was keen to credit his four sons – Henry, Benedict, Phelim and Dermot, with helping him to produce top quality cattle. Jacko is an embryo calf by Ampertaine Foreman and out of Elite Cappy.
“It is one thing to look at a bull at home and think he seems pretty good, but quite another to win the championship, especially when there are so many first class cattle in the ring,” said Mr Savage. “Following on from last year, we are once again over the moon.”
Meanwhile, Richard Bartle of Hereford took reserve position with Dinmore Jacot, a son of Requin. The December 2014-born bull was on his first show outing, although visitors to the Welsh Winter Fair may have spotted him on the Limousin stand.
Judge, Gary Oag of the Brims herd in Caithness, said decision-making had not been easy.
“Jacko had scale and power; a very fleshy type of bull,” he commented. “He came out of an extremely good intermediate section and it was a close-run competition.”
Tomorrow’s bull sale will commence at 10.30 tomorrow (Saturday) morning. CATALOGUE FOR THE BULL SALE CAN BE VIEWED HERE