Gigolo champion beef entry at Royal Show
THE Limousin bull, Goldies Gigolo, was NatWest beef cattle champion at last weeks Royal Show.
Shown by G & P Blood, D & I Lomas and DW Weaver from Staffs, the four-year-old bull beat Maerdy Empress, a six-year-old Charolais cow shown by Clwyds D E Evans, into reserve.
Best dairy cow in the NatWest dairy cattle championship was Holstein Friesian, Weeton Celicia, shown by Lancashires John Loftus. The Ayrshire, Stevensons Bunty 58th shown by M W & A Stevensons of Stranraer, took the reserve.
Another north of the border
Another championship went north of the border when Charles Scotts Texel lamb bred on his farm at Hawick, Roxburghshire, took the performance-recorded ram lamb interbreed championship. Runner-up was Lionel Organs Charollais from Cheltenham, Glos.
In the Elite Beefbreeder championship, Norfolks A Hurn & Partners Simmental bull, Twyford Enterprize (beef value SM68), was judged the best bull born between July 1, 1993, and Feb 24, 1994, on beef performance and conformation points.
The other two classes for bulls born between Feb 24, 1994, and April 5, 1994, and April 6, 1994, to June 15, 1994, were taken by Scotlands Broadmeadows Pedigree Livestocks Limousin bull, Broadmeadows Jammar (LM59), and D M Donnellys, Atlow Editor (SM60), from Ashbourne, Derbys, respectively.
• The first Commercial Beef class, judged by Meadow Valley Livestocks Clive Mahoney, was won by three Charolais cross heifers from R A & A M Butler, Newbury, Berks. Peter Seagraves Limousin, Belgian Blue and Charolais crosses were reserve.
Malvern-based David Bishop swept the board in the prime lamb competition, in which one lamb in a pen of three lambs is slaughtered. His pure Beltex lambs were overall champions and they also took the carcass section. Reserve ticket went to his Beltex crosses, which clinched the live section.
Champion Halfbred shearling was E S Bullmans gimmer sired by a Bluefaced Leicester. The champion Halfbred ewe, shown by A C Hutchinson, was sired by a tup of the same breed.