It was a case of second time lucky for champion beef animal Logie Daredevil at the Royal Bath and West Show last week, following his reserve placing at the Devon County Show three weeks ago.
Colin Hutchings & Sons’ Aberdeen Angus bull also won the Marks & Spencer Elite Beefbreeder Championship and featured in the reserve champion interbreed group of four.
Sired by Blelack Blackstaff, he was bought at Perth in February and at just two years old has a good future.
Reserve spot went to Andrew and Beth White’s Charolais heifer Balbithan Voile. Sired by Baggrave Minstrel, this was the two-year-old’s first show and she now heads to the Royal Cornwall and Royal shows.
Another novice, Marsbar Jordan Marie, took the dairy interbreed championship for owner David Norman of Sigwells, Dorset. Sired by Roylane Jordan and out of Marsbar Astre Marie, this four-year-old Holstein is giving 46 litres having calved her second calf a month ago.
Unfortunately, she showed little appreciation for Mr Norman’s hard preparation work, giving him a black eye just a few days before the show.
Taking the reserve place was C B Cooper’s Jersey cow Sowden Juno Ceres 2. Bought in October by Jeff Daw as an engagement present for fiance Anthea, this Ex92 cow by Potterswalls Lord Juno is giving 30 litres having calved in late January.
Robert Jordan continued to be the bridesmaid in the sheep ring, taking the reserve spot with his Scotch Blackface ewe following a similar achievement with a North Country Cheviot ewe at the Devon County Show.
The champion prize went to Fooks Bros’ well-balanced Poll Dorset shearling ewe, shown by Francis Fook. “This is a very special year for us as the flock is 100 years old,” he said.
“We’ve come out to the shows after a 20-year break to mark the occasion.” He next heads to the Royal Cornwall and Royal shows.
In the pig rings, a Welsh gilt took the top prize for owner Adam Collings on her first outing. “It’s the first time I’ve ever won with my own pig, so I’m thrilled,” said Mr Collings, who keeps two sows and a boar at his parents’ Wenfork Farm at Treburley, Cornwall.
Clowen Model 1 is by Edgcombe Earl 2196 and out of Matson Model 904. Runner-up was Large Black sow Sock Dorothy 152, owned by Martin Snell.