Brilliant sunshine amidst threatening black clouds formed the backdrop for the 123rd Lincolnshire show and another interbreed win for Mortimers Farms’ cow Mortimers Racey.

After convincing breed and overall wins at both the South of England and the Royal Bath and West, she will now go on to compete at the Royal Show, next week.

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Taking the reserve title was James Cooper’s Limousin bull Tomschoice Brigadier Bob, a home-bred bull out of Tomschoice Unison to Sarkley Topknot.

Shining at the Northern Limousin Extravaganza earlier in the year and taking reserve male champion, Brigadier Bob will also go on to compete at the Royal, in total notching up 16 show appearances this year, before being offered at the Carlisle bull sales in October.

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In the dairy lines, it was Philip Rhodes’ third time breed winner and second-time interbreed champion, Holstein cow Bilsthorpe Sue 23 who caught the judges eye for the overall dairy champion.

Shown by herdsman Clive Shepherd and giving 54 litres/day at 4.21 BF and 3.21 Protein, Sue is in her fifth lactation and in calf to New World Empire.

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Jersey Warninglid Gold Lemig Autumn 3 provided a surprise win for pedigree Holstein breeders Jack and Sue Arrowsmith. “We bought Autumn unseen as an in-calf cow to breed show potential cattle from. Little did we know that she would take titles at all four county shows,” says Mrs Arrowsmith.

Currently in her fourth lactation and having calved in March, she yielded 6800kg last lactation and is giving 30 litres/day at 6.5% fat and 3.4 Protein.

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It was a local breed that stormed the sheep classes, with Maurice Parker’s Lincoln Longwool two shear ram taking the title. Homebred from the Bain Valley Flock, Mr Parker will go on to show at the Royal Yorkshire Show.

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Coming a close reserve was the Charollais shearling ram Rockvilla Golden Promise of Charles Sercombe, bought at Worcester last year for 4000gns and having taken the interbreed title at Rutland Show.

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