Beef Expo 2013: Heifer championship

A home-bred Limousin has taken home the heifer championship title in the first championship of the day.

Elfed Williams tapped out Jonathan Lyon’s Limousin cross x Limousin, Temptation to take the top title. This January 2012 born 564kg heifer is out of a Limousin cross dam from the Thirwell Castle Herd and by Rossignal.

A landscape gardener by trade, Mr Lyon, Lintre House, Thurlby, has been showing for five years and describes breeding show calves as “a hobby”. However he has already had a run of successes with Temptation including a win at Smithfield and home-bred champion at Newark.

Temptation will be heading to the Hertfordshire show next and will then return home to TA and LC Lyon and Son’s 40 cow herd of Limousins and British Blues in Lincolnshire.

Overall and heifer champion Temptation

Overall and heifer champion Temptation

In the reserve spot was Mr AD Bishop’s 574kg Black Beauty. This British Blue cross x British Blue was bought by Mr Bishop of Pitfield Farm, Gloucestershire, at the Welsh Winter Fair in December and was bred by Price and Morgan.

She won her class of under 12 month old calves at the North Somerset Show. Mr Bishop’s other heifer entry, 674kg Limousin cross, Miss Money Penny was placed second to the champion heifer in their weight class. Penny was also champion at the Somerset Show, but today she was beaten by her lighter stable mate.

Mr Williams said on the day the red heifer, Temptation had a little more cover on the day, putting her ahead of the reserve.

“She has more power, is wider, a bit better fleshed and is on top of the job. The reserve has fantastic potential, but she’s not quite as fit,” he said.