• Champion Steer and Reserve
  • Reserve Supreme Champion
  • Champion Lightweight Steer and Reserve
  • Reserve Heavyweight Steer
  • Champion Pure-bred
  • Champion Housewife’s Choice
  • Baby Beef Champion and Reserve
  • Reserve Champion Butchers

Limousin-bred cattle were on top form at this year’s LiveScot event, held at Lanark Market, securing multiple top spots and Championships.

Leading the way in the steers, and then going onto take the Reserve Supreme Overall accolade, was Red Alert, a Rossignol son from Neil Slack, Plum Tree House, Newby, Penrith. This 592kg home-bred 17-month-old had stood Reserve Steer at the recent East of England Smithfield Festival and was Champion Home-Bred animal at Countryside Live. His dam, a Limousin cross by Cloughhead Titanic, was a show heifer herself, winning her class at the Scottish Winter Fair ten years ago.


Reserve Supreme Champion and Champion Steer RED ALERT
Reserve Supreme Champion and Champion Steer RED ALERT

Reserve in the steers and Champion Lightweight steer,  was the home-bred 14-month-old named The Special One, from George and Aileen McFadzean, Woodhead of Mailer, Perth. He is sired by Maraiscote Galaxy a Goldies Comet son purchased by the MacFadzeans at Stirling in 2012 for 9000gns.

Champion Lightweight Steer & Reserve Champion Steer THE SPECIAL ONE
Champion Lightweight Steer & Reserve Champion Steer THE SPECIAL ONE

Reserve Lightweight Steer was Cammie Boy, an Emslies Galileo-sired 14-month-old from Jim and Catherine McKechnie, France Farm, Gartocharn. Another calf that is home-bred, he is also out of a Limousin cross dam.

Lifting the Best Pure-bred title was the Craik family’s 20-month-old steer, from Waterside Farm, Haugh of Urr. Also collecting the reserve heavyweight steer award, and again home bred, this one is by by Shian Hijack, a Netherhall Doubleoseven son.

Winning the Housewife’s Choice Championship was a 17-month-old heifer named Take Me Out, from James Nisbet, Sorn Mains Farm, Mauchline, Ayrshire. Bred by John Smith-Jackson, this Shire Apollo daughter, out of a Limousin cross dam, later made £2600 when selling to John Gilmour Butchers, Macmerry, East Lothian.

Champion Housewife's Choice TAKE ME OUT
Champion Housewife’s Choice TAKE ME OUT

Limousin-bred calves again dominated the Baby Beef section, with Ali Jackson’s April-born steer, Black Jack, taking the Championship. Bred by John McAlister, West Thomaston, Stirling, this one is by Easegillhead Exterminator.

Baby Beef Champion BLACK JACK
Baby Beef Champion BLACK JACK

Reserve in the Baby Beef was Neil Slack’s home-bred heifer, Rio, a January-born Rossignol daughter, shown by Hannah Brown. Again with a strong season behind her this calf had placed as Baby Beef Champion at the East of England Smithfield Festival.

Reserve Baby Beef Champion RIO
Reserve Baby Beef Champion RIO

Rounding off another strong Limousin showing, the Reserve Champion in the Butchers’ Championship was a Limousin-sired steer from J Hodge, Dykes Farm, Auchinleck, Ayrshire.