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  • Left to right: Richard Phelps (SCFF), Jim Hartwright receives the winner’s cheque on behalf of T E Hartwright and Jon Downes, senior red meat buyer from sponsors, Tesco.

More than 100 cattle were entered into the first ever Christmas carcass competition to be hosted by Southern Counties Fresh Foods, which saw T E Hartwright from Suckley, Worcestershire taking Champion title for his two Limousin cross heifers. The May 2007 born heifers weighed 354.8kg and 351.4kg (deadweight) – falling well within the competition’s specification of 260 to 400kg – and graded U+3 and U+2.

Reserve championship was awarded to E A Davies from Clifford, Herefordshire, whose pair also won the class for continental steers.

Other class winners were P A and P M Earley from Dorset and H E Cotton from Somerset.

 The show was open to pairs rather than individual animals rewarding those beef producers who could demonstrate consistency in bringing two animals of almost identical classifications, weights and fat classes,” says managing director of Southern Counties Fresh Foods, Richard Phelps.  “The champion pair achieved this admirably, with carcass grades which reflected their excellent conformation and an optimum covering of fat.”