Two in a row… Simmental cow Awl Starlet clinched top prize in the beef lines for David Sapsed’s 50-cow herd.
|Prime Pig… Peter Reeder’s Welsh boar Lopham Victor 18 stood top in the pig lines, with his gilt Lopham Lucky Girl 71 standing reserve.|
|Easy Tiger… April 2002-born bull Sheelin Tiger from Matt Brunton stood top in the Limousin lines and went on to take the reserve interbreed honours. Tiger is so far unbeaten in bull classes last year and this.|
|Dairy leader…..Second lactation Holstein cow Bressingham Storm took the interbreed dairy honours for Alan Smith and family. Storm, who is by Mauglin Storm, gave 9800 litres in her heifer lactation and so far has given 12,800 in just 201 days of her second.|
Super Suffolk… The interbreed champion ticket inn the sheep lines went to Derek and Jean Ritchie’s Suffolk shearling ewe from their 100-cow Parkstock flock. The ewe is sired by Stockton Ensign and out of a ewe by Cairness Storm.
Top trio… Leading the way in the interbreed group of three sheep championship was this trio from the Huntingdon, Cambs-based Williams family.
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Interbreed D A Sapsed’s Simmental cow Awl Starlet; res, M J Brunton’s Limousin bull Sheelin Tiger.
Junior Interbreed J F and T M Allison’s Limousin bull Greensons’ Black Ural; res, J R and V A Webb’s bull Rushfield Ultima.
Aberdeen Angus T Stebbings’ bull Grimston Fen Peter; res, T Stebbings’ heifer Grimston Fen Ebower.
Any other breed M and W Seel’s Blonde cow Burghwallis Star; res, F W Key’s Galloway bull Kirkstead Great Expectations.
Beef Shorthorn H Horrell’s bull Chapelton Promoter; res, H Horrell’s cow Wenmar Tessa R2.
British Belgian Blue J and W Laight’s cow Witham Bank Saphire; res, J and W Laight’s heifer Witham Bank Vixen.
British Charolais J R and V A Webb’s bull Rushfield Ultima; res, J R and V A Webb’s bull Mortimer’s Riddle.
British Simmental D A Sapsed’s cow Awl Starlet; res, J R And M A Carter’s heifer Darsham Nina.
British White Delamore Farms’ heifer Moorside Thumbelina; res, F W Cook and Son’s bull Dallyshes Heart of Oak.
Hereford A B and C C Gough’s bull Rabley 1 Eryl; res, Newtoncroft Farms’ cow Newtoncroft 1 Precious.
Highland D O Wain’s heifer Fiach of Wainsmore; res, J S Price’s bull Crubach of Redrullion.
Limousin M J Brunton’s bull Sheelin Tiger; res, J F and T M Allison’s cow Thornage Tiffeny.
Longhorn S E Coleman’s cow Chalknay Echo; res, S E Coleman’s bull Linton Ulysses.
South Devon J Fish’s heifer Flintfield Doris; res, J Fish’s bull Woodbastwick Merganser.
Rare Breeds D and J A Newton’s Lincoln Red heifer Cowbridge Faith; res, J S Price’s Belted Galloway cow Park Willow.
|Interbreed T Smith & Son’s Holstein cow Bressingham Storm; res, J R A Steeples’ cow Cramar Winstar Lady.|
Holstein T Smith and Son’s cow Bressingham Storm; res, J R A Steeples’ cow Cramar Aeroline.
Dexter S R and R Creasey’s heifer Langley End Nicotiana; res, S Sykes cow Hillgrove Jan.
Interbreed D C Ritchie’s Suffolk shearling ewe; res, D and W Livestock’s Beltex shearling ewe.
Interbreed Group of Three J and S Williams’ Texels; res, D C Ritchie’s Hampshire Downs.
Any other breed Native E Stokeld‘s Border Leicester ewe; res, R Banks’ Border Leicester ewe.
Charollais J Bury’s shearling ewe; res, J Bury’s shearling ram.
Any other continental D and W Livestock’s Beltex shearling ewe; res, G and N Pamplin’s Beltex ewe lamb.
Crossbred J H Grundy’s Suffolk cross ewe lambs; res, R and P Kitson’s Crossbreds.
Down breeds L and P Newman’s Southdown ewe; res, J T and T A Wigham’s ram lamb.
HampshireDown C Horrell’s shearling ewe; res, J A Atkinson’s ram lamb.
Jacob R Beecher’s ram; res, L Fry’s ewe.
Kerry Hill G M Ward’s ram; res, G M Ward’s ewe.
Longwool B and J Enderby’s Leicester Longwool shearling ewe; res, B and J Enderby’s Leicester Longwool shearling ewe.
Shropshire Y A C Palmer’s ewe lamb; res, M E Webb’s ram.
Suffolk D C Ritchie’s shearling ewe; res, G L Gent and Son’s ram lamb.
Texel J Bury’s ram; res, G and N Pamplin’s ewe lamb.
White Faced Woodland C Steel’s ewe; res, J T and T A Wigham’s ram lamb.
Interbreed P and M Reeder’s Welsh boar Lopham Victor 18; res, P and M Reeder’s Welsh Gilt Lopham Lucky Girl 71.
Modern P and M Reeder’s Welsh boar Lopham Victor 18; res, P and M Reeder’s Welsh Gilt Lopham Lucky Girl 71.
Traditional G and M Kiddy’s Gloucester Old Spot boar Balsham Ben 3; res, B Upchurch’s British Lop gilt Greenway Harmony 78.
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By Jonathan Long
MANY BELIEVE the eastern counties are totally devoid of livestock, but a quick check of the high-quality animals at last weekend’s East of England Show would have soon assured them otherwise.
Nowhere was this more evident than in the beef lines, where no fewer than 68 exhibitors were vying for top spot. Showing them all the way it should be done was David Sapsed’s classy Simmental cow Awl Starlet.
Canadian-bred Starlet made it two interbreed championships in as many weeks, having clinched top honours at the South of England show just eight days previously.
Starlet is one of 50 cows kept by Codicote, Herts-based Mr Sapsed and is in calf to the farm’s stock bull Hocknehull Kramer. Just pipped for the honours was Matt Brunton’s Limousin bull Sheelin Tiger.
This Ronick Hawk-sired bull was also continuing an impressive show run, having previously stood interbreed champion at the Newark and Notts show and never yet being beaten in a bull class.
There was also stiff competition among the sheep entries, where Atherton, Warks-based Suffolk breeder Charles Harding undertook the job of finding the interbreed champion.
After surveying all 13 section champions, Mr Harding’s choice came from his own breed, in the shape of Derek and Jean Ritchie’s Suffolk shearling ewe.
The homebred ewe from the Ritchies’ 100-ewe Parkstock flock is sired by Stockton Ensign and out of a ewe by Cairness Storm.
It looked close to being a Suffolk one and two, as Mr Harding called out the reserve breed champion, a ram lamb from John Gent, to compare with the other breed champions.
But his final choice for reserve spot was the Beltex champion, a shearling ewe from the Lincs-based D and W Livestock partnership.
Among pig entries it was a familiar story, with Peter Reeder taking top honours with a Welsh pig.
But this time out it was one of Mr Reeder’s boars, Lopham Victor 18, which took the ticket. Homebred Victor is by Milday Victor 69 and out of the homebred sow Lopham Lucky Girl 60.
Standing reserve to the boar was another pig from the Reeder stable, this time a July 2003-born Welsh gilt, Lopham Lucky Girl 71.
Unfortunately, dairy classes are where the East of England show suffers, with just 13 exhibitors showing in two breeds, Holsteins and Dexters. Leading the way here was the Holstein champion, a cow from Alan Smith’s 300-cow herd.
This cow, Bressingham Storm, was bought from Roger Aves in Norfolk, gave 9800 litres as a heifer and has so far given 12,800 litres in just 201 days of her second lactation.
“She is still giving 64 litres a day and is probably the best cow we’ve ever owned,” said Mr Smith.
Standing reserve in the Hosltein classes was a homebred third calver from Roger Steeples. Cramar Aeroline is an Oliveholm Aeroline daughter who gave 11,700 litres in her second lactation and has been flushed, producing 26 embryos.
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