Dunlops claim Winter Stock Festival (Smithfield) cattle title

Lifting the overall honours were a farming couple from Ayrshire who are no strangers to polishing the Smithfield silverware, Ochiltree-based Hugh and Lynn Dunlop.

Winning their fourth overall Smithfield title, the couple led the field with a homebred heifer, Tinkler Maidgie, a 616kg Limousin cross by the farm’s stock bull Silex. This one was a first prize winner in the Baby Beef section of last year’s Smithfield event and will be sold tomorrow in the event’s auction sale.TS Smithfield Champion blog.jpg

This one is out of a Limousin cross cow and also won a red ticket at this year’s Ayr Show and the Royal Highland Show and earned the couple the King’s Cup for the best homebred beast too.

Reserve overall champion was the reserve heifer champion, Lady Big Bucks from Derbyshire-based Phil and Sharon Sellers. This one is a British Blue cross bred by the Richardson family at Ghyll House, Cumbria, and was supreme champion at last month’s Countryside Live, Harrogate. She cost some £8000 in the spring of this year when bought at Penrith.TS Smithfield Res blog.jpgSteer championship honours went to last year’s Smithfield winners, Mike and Melanie Alford, Devon, with their Limousin cross Tyson. This one was bred by the Whiteford family at Tercrosset, Brampton, Cumrbia, and is by Haltcliffe Talent and weighed in at 612kg. Reserve overall steer was Magic Man, a British Blue cross steer from Elfed Williams, Sennybridge. Magic Man was bred by theWilliams family of Nant-y-geifr Farm, Llanidloes, Powys.

Perth-based George and Aileen MacFeadzean also tasted success at the event, picking up the native sired crossbred championships in both the steers and the heifers. Winning the native cross steers for them was Monty, a 548kg Aberdeen-Angus cross, while their native sired heifer leader was Brazillian, a562kg beast of the same breed.