Last weekend’s Edenbridge and Oxted Show once again saw one of the biggest cattle entries in England, with 540 head forward for judging over the two days.
In the beef lines it was a scene of Limousin domination with the breed taking both the male and female interbreed awards, along with the overall and reserve title.
Taking top spot under interbreed judge Paul Gentry was the Smiths of Bloxham team with their March 2009-born heifer Ironstone Enchantress. This one is a Wilodge Vantastic daughter out of Eves Viola, an Eves Panama daughter.Reserve overall was the male champion and the reserve Limousin champion, Rosecroft Dazzler from Thorndean Farms. This is a Grahams Unbeatable son out of Quaish Princess, a Djerk daughter.Then taking the commercial beef title were Kevin and Dawn Ludgate, with their Ronick Hawk sired Limousin cross heifer. This one is out of their 2008 multi-award winner Big Bum.Reserve commercial championship honours went to Mike and Jean Dickens with another Limousin cross heifer. Taking top dairy honours was the Holstein leader, Richaven Lee Dawn, a Comestar Lee daughter out of Richaven Skychief Dawn, a Donnandale Skychief daughter.And then in the sheep it was a double win for myself and Chrissie, with our Chaileybrook flocks clinching both the interbreed and reserve interbreed titles. Picking up the top ticket was our Southdown shearling ewe, a daughter of imported French sire TC4028 out of a homebred ewe. She was also interbreed champion on her last outing at South of England earlier in the season.And in reserve was our two-shear Hampshire Down tup Kelsey Knockout. This Owlesbury Rapier son is out of a Brittons ewe and is senior stock sire for the Chaileybrook flock. He was rounding off an impressive show season, having been breed champion at South of England and reserve breed champion at the Highland on his only other two outings this year.