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Burke Beef Championship Charolais; res, Limousin.
|Burke dairy championship Holstein; res, Ayrshire.|
Supreme dairy A H Wilson and Son’s Holstein cow Dalesend Storm Maude; res, M A and R A Brown’s Ayrshire cow Sandyford Primrose 4.
Champion dairy heifer Smiddiehill Holsteins’ Primo Jed Celeste; res, A H Wilson and Son’s Jersey Tregibby Jude Jewel.
Team of five Holstein; res, Jersey.
Ayrshire M A and R A Brown’s cow Sandyford Primrose 4; res, J and K Rennie’s cow Brocklehill Escort.
Dairy Shorthorn G A Madeley’s cow Rodway Foggarthorpe Primrose 19; res, J C Hayward’s heifer Cotley Erin 68.
Dexter Munn and Bell’s cow Aiskew Chunky 2; res, S R Creasey’s heifer Langley End Laelia.
Guernsey J H, C M and J D Mann’s cow Trewey Juno 38; res, Leverhulme Farms’ heifer Treloweth Rachel 172.
Holstein A H Wilson and Sons’ cow Dalesend Storm Maude; res, B and V Davidson’s cow Stannock Formation Ricki.
Jersey Barnowl Jersey Stud’s cow Barnowl PLJ Isis; res, Smiddiehill Holsteins/Jerseys’ cow Ellerdine Lesters Amberlight 2.
Interbreed P Tait’s Bleu du Maine shearling ram; res, D F Daffurn and J Curtis’s Charollais shearling ewe.
Interbreed Glebe Farm Berkshires’ Berkshire sow Jobesmajor Royal Lustre 24; res, S J S Loveless’s Large White boar Port Bredy Field Marshal.
THE ABERDEEN Angus breed took its first Royal Show interbreed for nearly 30 years this week, with top spot taken by the senior bull, Shadwell Estates’ six-year-old Justin Eric X47 of Blelack.
Justin, who was led out by FW livestock reporter Chrissie Lawrence, immediately caught the eye of interbreed judge, the Limousin breeder Nick Hill from Somerset. “He is a modern bull, correct in every way and showing outstanding presence in the ring at all times.”
Taking reserve spot to the Angus was a stylish Blonde d’Aquitaine cow and calf from Coventry-based Ian and Sue Archer. Five-year-old Marstonmill Penelope Pitstop presented herself well in front of Mr Hill. He believes the cow will have further success in the future.
In one of the show’s newest sections, the commercial beef classes, top honours went to Powys-based Elved Williams’s 15-month-old Limousin cross heifer Lady Luck.
The Champion ticket in the interbreed beef team of five competition was clinched by the Charolais team, with reserve spot going to the widely admired Limousin team.
Other notable wins included Paul Clements’ Simmental cow Darshams Kit Kat, who picked up the breed championship ticket, one better then she managed at last weeks’ Royal Highland and a championship for the Stanley family in the hotly contested Longhorn classes.
CONTINENTALS REIGNED supreme in the sheep lines of this year’s Royal Show, with both the interbreed and reserve interbreed spots taken by imported breeds.
Top of the line was the Bleu du Maine champion from Percy Tait. Mr Tait’s shearling ram was on his first show outing this year and is also entered for the Royal Welsh.
The ram, from Mr Tait’s 30-ewe Worcester-based flock, was led out by professional sheep dresser and show-woman Carol Grain, as Mr Tait is in hospital recovering from a knee replacement operation.
Standing in reserve spot to the Bleu was a Charollais shearling ewe from the father and daughter team of Derrick Daffurn and Jennifer Curtis. The ewe, Diana, continued her remarkable show season, having already picked up three interbreed titles at county shows this summer.
The ewe, from the Worcs-based partnership, is by a bought-in tup and out of a homebred ewe. She will now head to the Royal Welsh before going home to join the partnership’s 150-ewe Elmwick flock, run alongside 1000 Mule ewes.
In the Suffolk lines, the championship was taken by a tup lamb from John Sinnet’s Stockton flock, with reserve coming from the Bentley flock of Tom and Charles Harding.
Among the Texels it was a second successful trip south to the Royal for Selkirk breeder Gordon Gray, taking the breed championship for the second year in succession.
Other notable successes in the sheep lines included a reserve championship in the Oxford Down section for 11-year-old Kate Dyde.
HOLSTEINS ONCE again topped the exhibits in the dairy lines, taking the interbreed award ahead of the Ayrshires.
Interbreed champion was Hefin Wilson’s fourth-calving cow Dalesend Storm Maude.
January 1998-born Maude was on her second trip to Stoneleigh and has previously won the Royal Welsh Holstein championship as well as being champion at the Welsh Dairy Show in 2002.
Maude is giving 66kg a day at 5.28% butterfat and 3.31% protein. In her third lactation she gave 16,000kg at 4.68% butterfat and 3.27% protein. Mr Wilson runs 70 cows, with a herd average of more than 10,700kg.
Standing reserve to Maude was the Ayrshire champion, a third-calving cow from the Brown family.
Sandyford Primrose 4 also boasts an impressive show record, having been interbreed champion at the Welsh Dairy Show in 2003 and champion at the south west Dairy Show in the same year.
Primrose calved with her third in September of last year and gave 11,657kg in her second lactation, at 4.54% butterfat and 3.26% protein.
The Holsteins also led the way in the dairy team of five competition and the Burke trophy this year. Reserves were Ayrshires and Jerseys, respectively.
This year’s event also saw yet another great show of Dexters, with Messrs Munn and Bell taking the breed title with their nine-year-old dry cow Aiskew Chunky 2, who is due to calve in late July.
COMPETITION IN the pig lines was some of the hottest seen for many years, with entries up 15% from 2003.
Heading the field was the interbreed champion, the Berkshire sow from Chris Coe and Kevin Major’s Warks-based Glebe Farm Berkshires herd. The sow, Jobesmajor Royal Lustre
24, is in pig with her third litter, due in September and was described by judge, Anne Petch, as a clear winner. “She was well proportioned, with good bone, a good underline, plenty of piglet capacity and well-fleshed hams.”
Standing reserve was the Large White champion, a boar from leading breeder Steve Loveless. Port Bredy Field Marshal is by Bellaghy Field Marshal and out of the homebred sow Port Bredy Beryl 703.
But in a twist to the judging, Field Marshal had earlier been beaten in the male interbreed championship by a British Lop boar from Cornwall-based breeder Julian Collings.