There was a terrific display of Herefords on show at Shewsbury Livestock Market for the Annual Christmas Calf Show which this year incorporated the National Calf Show. One hundred and ten calves were present, the largest single display of Herefords in Europe.
This years show had an International feel with several Danish Hereford Breeders attending the show in support of Judge, Anders Mortensen. Anders of Woodlands Herefords, the oldest herd in Denmark, established in 1966.
Taking the Supreme Championship was Heifer Champion, Dendor 1 Greta from DE, ED & AL Jones, Dendor Herefords, Caersws, Powys. This is the second successive year that the Breed stalwarts from Wales have taken the Supreme Championship at the Christmas Calf Show.
Fourteen month old “Greta” by Maxstoke 1 Yeoman and out of Dendor 1 Greta 8th held off a strong class of heifers which included Hereford Autumn Show Female Champion Romany 1 Ishbel who was recently sold for £6,000. DE, ED & AL Jones also collected the Reserve Male Championship with eight month old Dendor 1 Harinordoquy, sired by Hawkesbury 1 Prosper and out of former Poll Female of the Year Dendor 1 Ruby 4th.
The Reserve Supreme Championship went to Shraden 1 Henson from local breeders and great advocates of the show M.J & H.M Timmis, Baschurch, Shropshire. Twelve month old “Henson” by Bosa 1 Ashley and out of Shraden 1 Duchess B186 had earlier in the day taken the Male Championship. M.J. & H.M. Timmis also took first prize in the first class of the day the Commercial Heifer or Steer by a Registered Hereford Sire. Second in the Commercial class was T.D. Livesey with Normanton 1 Haslet, sired by the current Hereford Bull of the Year, Normanton 1 Eastern Promise.
The Reserve Heifer Champion was nine month old Lowesmoor 1 Curly 759 from MJ Clark, Tetbury, Gloucestershire. “Curly” is by Udel 1 BC Bluechip bred by David Carroll of Udel Herefords, Wexford, Ireland.
Other show successes included E.L. Lewis who took The Sires Group of Three with calves sired by Mawarra Vice Admiral (semen) imported from Australia. In the Best Pair of Bull Calves owned by the Exhibitor it was an all Herefordshire affair with well known breeders R.A. Bradstock & Partners, G. Blandford & Son and E.L. Lewis & Son taking first, second and third respectively. In the correspondng Heifer Class, it was Nicholas & Heath who triumphed, with G. Blandford again taking second place and D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones taking third spot.