Standards are high as biosecurity fails to dampen spirits
By Marianne Curtis
DESPITE having to grapple with the implications of tough biosecurity measures, exhibitors at the Newark and Notts show last weekend were upbeat.
Immaculately turned out animals provided a pleasing spectacle for an interested public gathered around the ring.
Although stock entries were about half the levels seen in 2000, judges commented that the standard of stock exhibited was high.
Judging the dairy interbreed championship, Edward Taylor from Skipton, Yorks, praised winning Holstein cow, Roger and Dianne Steeples Cramar Raider Beatexus.
"She has snug fore and rear udder attachments and a hard topline. This cow would stand champion in most company and is not there by default."
Judge of the beef interbreed classes, Elizabeth Lang was delighted to see reasonable numbers of beef cattle exhibited. "It is super that livestock show classes have started again and weve had a good turnout. Im impressed by the standard." Charles Horrells Beef Shorthorn bull took the championship and was a good example of his breed, according to Mrs Lang.
Simmentals had one of the highest entries and Andrew Leedham took the reserve interbreed championship with his bull Grangewood Knockout. "Exhibiting hasnt been too much trouble. I think it has been more difficult for dairy exhibitors because they have to milk show cows separately from the rest of the herd," he said.
As well as fewer animals, keeping the public outside stock lines also meant these areas were quieter than usual. Although some exhibitors were disappointed by this, Colin Souter, showing Limousin cattle from Millington Grange Estate said it made life easier for stockmen. "It has made preparing and moving cattle around easier and safer."
Missing from the show, due to biosecurity legislation, were sheep, which usually attract a strong entry, and goats. However, pigs were represented with Mr Parkers Middle White Bewgyl Purity 30 winning the interbreed. Mrs Vaughans Welsh boar Vinery Victor 4130 won the British Pig Associations pig of the year qualifier.
Interbreed C Horrells Beef Shorthorn bull Chapelton Promoter; res, A S Leedhams Simmental bull Grangewood Knockout.
Aberdeen Angus P A Hollidays cow Dacre Enlovable; res, G & L Brooks heifer Joanna of Bon Lea.
Lincoln Red W W Harrisons bull Hemingby Optimist; res, F E Reads cow Hemingby Treasure.
Charolais J R & V A Webbs cow Rushfield Nightingale; res, J R & V A Webbs heifer Rushfield Saffron.
Simmental J Peters cow Camus Greensleeves; res, R W Hudsons heifer Glebehill Candy.
Limousin Millington Grange Estates bull Woodhouse Prince; res, Millington Grange Estates cow Gaich Nutcracker.
Blonde DAquitaine A Halls heifer Hallmark Roxanne; res, K & A C Jacksons bull Stubbs Walden Patrick.
Belgian Blue M Scotts bull Besthorpe Semtex; res, R M Birchs bull Bommer Tigger.
British native breeds C Horrels Beef Shorthorn bull Chapelton Promoter; res, A Naylor & M Stokers Belted Galloway heifer Mosshayes Daybreak.
Interbreed J R A Steeples Holstein cow Cramar Raider Beatexus; res, Ravenfield Jerseys cow Ravenfield Dannys Florence.
Dairy Shorthorn Nottingham Trent Universitys cow Brackenhurst Resolve Waterloo 7; res, Nottingham Trent Universitys cow Brackenhurst Obstinate Lady Laura 3.
Dexter I Birks heifer Holme Valley Red Star; res, D E & E * Guests bull Fowlmere Bryan.
Holstein Friesian J R A Steeples cow Cramar Raider Beatexus; res, S W Holdcrofts cow Dove Trent Charles Fay 19.
Jersey Ravenfield Jerseys cow Ravenfield Dannys Florence; res, G M T Foljambes cow Osberton Angel 8.
Interbreed G Parkers Middle White female Bewgyl Purity 30; res, J R & M L Wreakes Saddleback Victoria Lottie 48.
Pig of the year (qualifier) C D Vaughans Welsh boar Vinery Victor 4130; res, P & L Waddingtons Large Black female Lowerdale Black Lady.
British Lop B Upchurchs female Greenway Harmony 52; res, B Upchurchs female Greenway Harmony 53.
Large White G F Carys female Clayborne Queen Mary 15.
Middle White G Parkers female Bewgyl Purity 30; res, G Parkers boar Cestrian Revival 3.
Welsh C D Vaughans boar Vinery Victor 4130; res, C D Vaughans female Vinery Empress.
Berkshire G C Jacksons female Shelford Stonebow; res, A Wells female Brandy Stonebow 77.
Saddleback J R & M L Wreakes female Victoria Lottie 48; res, Mr Houlstons female Gill Beck Lottie.
Gloucester Old Spot P & L Waddingtons female Lowerdale Bluebell; res, M Renshaws female Tennyson Star 427. *
Despite biosecurity rules, beef breeds were well represented at the Newark and Notts annual livestock show.
A good clean bull was how the judge described Beef Shorthorn Chapleton Promoter.
After taking reserve at the 2000 Newark and Notts, J R A Steeples took the dairy championship this time with Cramar Raider Beatexus.
GParkers Middle White female Bewgyl Purity 30 took the pig interbreed championship just ahead of a Saddleback.