Former National Sheep Association chief John Thorley injected commercial realism to the interbreed title amid swollen sheep lines at Stafford Show putting a fit, but small-headed Suffolk shearling as champion and an early lambing Poll Dorset as reserve.
“I’m thrilled to find a
The couple’s 60 pedigree Suffolks run 16ha (40ac) at Hilderstone, Staffs, and hadn’t expected a breed, let alone interbreed, title. “We didn’t expect it, letting Samantha, our daughter, lead it for the breed classes,” explained Mrs Thomas.
The homebred Poll Dorset shearling of David Eglin of Bulkington, Warks, stood reserve interbreed in competitions that saw numbers up from 262 last year to almost 500.
Mr Eglin’s 160-head Poll Dorset flock lamb in September with offspring sold from February onwards. “They’ve made £90-160 apiece this year hitting the top of the market,” he explained.
Cattle entries were also up from 260 last year to 400 on the back of the Society’s successful inaugural English Winter Fair, said chief executive Richard Williams.
Interbreed championship went to partners David Cormack and Gaina McDowell’s
Taking the reserve overall honours was the Simmental champion, Roger Birch’s cow Treetops Talluliah.
Native beef championship went to Leek-based Messrs Spooner’s
And the impact of animal disease made Shrops farmer Ed Seaton’s win in the dairy interbreed all the more rewarding having lost 150-head to bovine TB. His entry, Ternbridge Rosalind 90 was bought from fellow Shrops farmers Tim & Brenda Preston’s dispersal last October. “Tim said she’d be the one to have,” explained Mr Seaton.
Now five months calved with a heifer, Rosalind was still giving 55 litres of milk. Praised for a strong top line, the win put Staffs-based
However, all was not lost for the Wrights – stalwart supporters of Staffs Show – who took the Group of Four dairy title over
In the pig section Cheshire-based Deva Durocs romped home with the interbreed ticket from a field of 19 breeders.
Interbreed Cormack McDowell Partners’
British Charolais Impey & Davis’ heifer Congress Balgva; res ED Marshall’s bull Killadeas Barny
Simmental R Birch’s cow Treetops Talluliah; res D Donnelly’s cow Atlow Lucinda
British Blue D & J Wyllie’s bull Ballygrange Alex; res J Mawer’s cow Immediate ET 2840 De Mehonge
Highland Edwards & Price’s heifer Mari 4th of Kynerdor; res Edwards & Prices’ cow Caleag Ghrinn 7th of Tain
Longhorns EM Hallifields’ bull Dunstall Hector; res AJ & J Richardson’s heifer Bollin Grace
AOB (Beef) P Nash’s Aberdeen Angus bull Coul Priority; res A Plumbley & Co’s Welsh Black heifer Calveley Ellie
AOB (Rare & Minority) JD Silverwood’s
Commercial B & CE Wilson’s Angus X heifer Black Bettie; res G Jones’ steer Sotty
Interbreed Seaton Farms’ Holstein cow Ternbridge Rosalind 90; res ME & AW Wright’s
Dexter S Hunt’s bull Saltaire Jentian; res SW Adcock’s cow Toad Hole Portia
Interbreed K Thomas’
Beltex D, M & S Prince’s ewe lamb; res D Thorney’s shearling
AOB (Native) D & S Eglin’s Poll Dorset ewe; res
AOB (Continental) S&S Murray’s ewe; res D&S Eglin’s Charmoise ram lamb
Non Accredited E Lambert’s Hill Radnor ewe; res P Robarts’ ewe
Rare/Minority/Primitive HR Arthan’s Hebridean ewe; res A Pickstone’s ewe
Jacob DJ Prince’s shearling ewe; res Ridout & Higginson’s ewe
Ryeland C Shaw’s shearling ram; res AG ANslow’s shearling ewe
South Down D, E & V Hulme’s ram lamb; res C Rhead’s shearling ewe
Kerry Hill R&R Powell’s yearling ewe; res DJ Prince’s yearling ram
Wool on the Hoof Messrs Webb (
Interbreed (TBC) A&J Walton’s Duroc Hover; res RJ Herbert’s Middle White boar
Modern A&J Walton’s Duroc gilt Hover; res A&J Walton’s Duroc boar Deva Jerry
Middle White J Herbert’s boar Dappleheath Rajah 8th; E Paddock’s sow aves Dorothy
British Saddleback JR & ML Wreakes’ gilt Victoria Lottie; res SJ & AL Booth’s sow Stoke Doyle Octavia 35
Large Black GG Wickstead’s sow Chadston Diana 2; res S Merrill’s Constable Malcolm 311
AOB Traditional M Horsley’s gilt Horbeck Louise; res S Ashcroft’s gilt Barlings Stonebow 409
BPA Pig of the Year CD Vaughan’s Vinery Empress 4450; res SJ & AL Booth Chapel Patrick 10