With EBLEX reporting beef prices strengthening week on week, it’s no surprise the commercial beef classes at the Northumberland County Show are packed out again this year, with a new native class attracting even more exhibitors.

In the Aberdeen Angus class Haughton Laura, a fine Aberdeen Angus heifer, won the female champion of the Any Other Pedigree Native Breed class. She is an excellent commercial animal ideal for breeding today’s native commercial type cattle and is owned by Whittaker and Co Farms.

Another pedigree Aberdeen Angus was put in Reserve place, this one from Marsden Farms Ltd.

In the commercial classes, a tremendous steer from Tom and Di Harrison of Mickley led the way in the native class, weighing in at 485 kilograms and taking first place.

The Northumberland County Show’s Champion of Champions went to a fine Limousin beast once again in its new venue on the Bywell Estate, Stocksfield.

Champion of Champion 2013

‘Watabootie’, a stylish June 2012 born heifer, put forward by Neil Slack of Penrith and show partner Julie Sedgewick, came out on top in the cattle classes taking away the Champion of Champions title as well as Champion of the commercial beef class.

The beast oozed style and class and was a fine example of the Limousin breed and how crossbreeding caters for the needs to today’s commercial market.

A R Lawson & Son headed closely followed in reserve with Hallington Picasso, a January 2012 born bull from the Lawson’s Northumberland based Aberdeen Angus herd. Sired by Netheralan Peter Pershore out of homebred dam Hallington Princess, it came first in its class and was an outstanding animal with style and class.