East of England Show; Beef interbreed championship


TS 772012 Beef Champ.JPGIt was a good day for the natives in the beef ring, with a Shorthorn heifer from Mr Trevor Brown, Hootens Farm, Towcester, Northants, taking the top championship title.


January 2010-born Grafton Lovely Dream is by Chapelton Waverley and out of Grafton Whisper and was praised by judge, W McLaren JNR, for her “great femininity”.


“She moves very well and has that little bit of sparkle. She’s a very stylish Shorthorn; not too extreme on muscle and with good length,” he said.


Tina Russell was showing Dream for Mr Brown of the Grafton Herd of 20 Shorthorn cows. Dream is in-calf to Westmore Duke and is due to calve for the first time at the end of August.


She comes from a run of successes this season having won breed champion and reserve interbreed champion at both the Norfolk and Surrey shows. However this is her first interbreed championship title. She may be shown next year as a dry cow, but this is her last outing for this season.



TS 772012 Beef ChampA.JPGFor his reserve spot, Mr McLaren chose four year old Limousin bull, Hafodlas Domino from W J and M Mash, Torrington Farm, Chesham, Buckinghamshire.


Domino won interbreed champion at last week’s Highland Show and was male champion at Newark and Nottingham Show. He is by Bailea Spunkie and out of Hafodlas Shona and may be heading to the Yorkshire Show next week.


Mr McLaren said Domino was almost the best Limousin bull he’d seen; “He’s an exceptional bodied bull,” he said.


Among the commercial beef classes, Limousin heifer, The Humdinger, from Mr and Mrs M and Miss C Alford took the championship title. In reserve was a British Blue cross steer, Barney from L C and T A Lyon.