Noel comes early for first time exhibitors from Shropshire. What a start to their Hereford showing career for new members P and E Williams from Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Although they chose a local show for their first time out, the Christmas Calf Show held at Shrewsbury Livestock Market, has now established itself as the largest single show of Herefords in Europe.
This year was no exception, with 136 calves entered from all over Britain, many of them winners from previous shows held in 2012.
However, the Williams family took their only entry, 14 month old Romany 1 Julia D1 J42, along to Shrewsbury Mart to compete with the best and were not disappointed, first winning a strong class, then the Grand Female Championship and finally to complete a marvelous day the Supreme Championship.
Julia bred by J R B Wilson and Sons from Kelso, Scottish Borders is out of Romany 1 Julia D22 E65 and by herd sire SMH Castro 0001 ET was purchased at the October Show and Sale in Hereford. Phil Williams of Alderoak Herefords quipped, following Julia’s success, “we should retire from showing with a 100% record, as it doesn’t get much better than this!”
Following in Julia’s wake, throughout the show was 15 month old Frenchstone P 1 Boo from L R and A M Ayre, South Molton, Devon, finishing as Reserve Supreme and Reserve Grand Female Champion. Boo is out Severnvale Regina bred Mr Edward Mills, Bristol and by Bosa 1 Mr Bean bred by Mr Gerald Blandford, Bosbury, Herefordshire. Frenchstone P 1 Boo has had a successful show season culminating in taking the Reserve Supreme and Grand Female Champions at the recent National Calf Show at Agri-Expo, Carlisle.
Although the females took the plaudits and the eye of Judge, Mr Remi Fourrier, export manager for Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHBD) based in Paris, there was no shortage of quality in the male section with 66 bull calves entered.
Taking the Grand Male Championship was 14 month old Dendor 1 Jethro from DE, E D and A L Jones, Caersws, Powys. The National Christmas Calf Show has been a good hunting ground for the Jones family taking the Supreme Championship in both 2010 and 2011. Jethro is another calf out of the successful Molly family, this time out of Dendor 1 Molly 26th and by stock sire Hawkesbury 1 Prosper.
Prosper was bred by D and E Colledge, Hawkesbury Herefords, Coventry, Warwickshire, who had success in their own right, being awarded the Reserve Grand Male Championship with Hawkesbury 1 Vespa. Vespa, a nine month old bull calf, is out of former Royal Show Champion Hawkesbury 1 Vollie-Vont and by Dorepoll 1 499 Emperor, the 2008 Christmas Calf Show Supreme Champion.