Super Charollais takes interbreed championship
By Robert Davies
THE judge who made a yearling Charollais interbreed champion at the Three Counties Show honours described him as a really super animal capable of siring ideal prime lambs.
It was the second consecutive interbreed award for the Charollais breed at the Malvern event, but the first at any show for Hertfordshire breeder Nigel Collins, who runs a landscaping business in association with his sheep and arable farm at Ware.
His win pushed a ram shown by veteran Kerry Hill breeder Richard Powell, Welshpool, Powys, into reserve spot for the second year running.
Supreme dairy cattle honours went to Barnowl Fillpailers Gladys, a Jersey cow from the Barnowl herd run by Northants County Council smallholders Charles and Frances Reader. Dairy Shorthorn champion Rodway Tiny took reserve.
But much of the talk around the dairy rings centred on the cancellation of the Ayrshire classes because of lack of support, a claim denied by breeders. One disgruntled potential exhibitor suggested the organisers chose to eliminate one dairy breed to make room for record beef cattle entries.
Society chief executive Lyn Downes said officials had "leaned over backwards to try and have an Ayrshire presence at this years show", but had received only 17 entries for nine scheduled classes.
The interbreed beef championship was taken by the three-year-old British Charolais breed champion Stainsby Harvey, exhibited by Robert Hutchinson, who established his 20-cow Beaconsfield herd at Newark, Notts, five years ago.
Despite tough competition from the other 10 individual beef breed champions, reserve interbreed honours went to Boddington Estates British Simmental bull Sterling Alex.