Scotland reigns supreme in the cattle lines…
By John Burns
Smithfield FarmTech broke new ground this week – the first ever national event focusing on technology and management for the entire farming industry. Expert advice was supported by insights into key issues affecting agriculture throughout the UK. Over the next three pages we report the main themes, followed by a detailed technical review starting on page 67. Edited by Charles Abel
DONALD BHAN brought victory for Scotland in a keenly-contested Bibby cattle championship.
The three-quarter Charolais steer was bred by Ewen MacPherson and Sons of Oban and Berwick. Shown by elder son Donald MacPherson, the supreme champion weighed 543kg at 359 days of age, an average daily gain of 1.51kg. The MacPhersons previously won the supreme title in 1989, and were runners up in 1990 and 1993.
"It was wonderful winning the supreme, but best of all was winning the Kings Cup as well (for exhibitor-bred). Weve never won that before," said a thrilled Mr MacPherson.
"The whole things gone really well. The bullock behaved himself and was easy to show. He has the right temperament. Ill be sorry to see him go."
Mr MacPherson reckoned the atmosphere at the show was "as good as its ever been. Having the sheep lines in the same area meant the sheep men mixed with us socially. Wed like this show to be in the same building next year."
He added that a move to a biennial Smithfield livestock show would see most exhibitors abandon it. If it moved out of London, it would not have the same prestige.
Judge John Dawkins, of Dawkins International, Warwicks, chose John Yates Limousin-cross Dark Destroyer as Bibby reserve supreme champion.
• See page 73 for sheep results.
Bibby supreme cattle championship winners were the MacPherson family from Scotland, with three-quarters Charolais steer, Donald Bhan.