Strong numbers of both potential and prime cattle graced the showring at Hatherleigh for the Primestock show and taking care of the morning’s judging was Sussex-based farm manager John Giffin.

Taking the championship and £250 prize money were Nigel and Ben Jenkinson from Shebbear with a 550kg Belgian Blue x Limousin steer.

The steer was shown as a baby last Christmas, and the Jenkinsons plan to show him this Christmas at either Exeter or the National Primestock Show in Birmingham.

Standing a close reserve was Michael Kirby from Holsworthy with his purebred Aberdeen Angus heifer bought last year as a calf from Lockerly Hall Farms, Romsey. Her next outing is likely to be the Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair at Shepton Mallet.

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