I would say there will be some celebrating in the Limousin lines this afternoon after the conclusion of this year’s Royal Highland Show interbreed beef championship.

Having stepped out in a down pour of rain, judge Alan Fotheringham selected six fine animals for his initial interbeed draw, consiting of the Shorthorn, Charolais, Belgain Blue, Limousin, Commerical and Hereford.

Having paid plenty of attention to the Commercial, Limousin and Shorthorn, he finally tapped out James and Audrey Forsyth’s Limouisn cross heifer Fancy This. Sired by Baillea Oberon and out of a homebred Limousin cross cow and was bought out of Thainstone Young Farmers overwintering sale and bred by Andrew Anderson of Smallburn Farms for £1700.

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Having stood second in her class at Ayr, the Forsyths are unsure as to where Fancy This will be heading next.

Speaking about his champion, Alan Fotheringham told Farmers Weekly she was packed solid full of meat with a good loin and expertly presented in front of him today – “perfection on four legs!” Taking the reserve ticket was the two year old Limousin heifer from Robert and Jean Graham’s herd. Grahams Butterfly is bred by this year’s Limousin section champion Samy and out of the homebred cow Grahams Tandy.

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Speaking about his reserve, Alan described Butterfly as a well balanced heifer, but if he was to pick a fault he said she was a little too narrow in front, keeping her a place behind the commerical heifer.

Butterfly is surely set to attend the Royal Show next week under judge Ian Callion.