The annual South West Winter Fair saw a high standard of cattle put forward with the championship title awarded to a Limousin heifer.
Taking the title, Tip Top, was put forward by Messrs TC Edwards & Sons (Gwyn) of Pencraig Fawr, Corwen, Ruthin, North Wales. This one is out oa a Limousin x Aberdeen Angus cow and was described by judge Mr Stuart Clatworth of Court Farm Butchers, Puriton, as “correct on her plates with a tremendous depth of fleshing throughout.” Mr Clatworth then went on to buy the 508kg heifer for £3,000 (590.6p/kg).
Meanwhile, the top price on the day of £4,000 (781.3p/kg) went to the reserve champion, a Limousni cross heifer from Michael and Melanie Alford, Devon. Described by the judge as a “very showy black heifer with equisitine lines”, Real Thing weighed in at 512kg.
Other leading prices on the day included 254.5p/kg for a 597kg purebred Limousin steer from Mr BE Williams, Station Court Brecon. This beast stood reserve, reserve champion, which follows on from the title of reserve champion steer at Welsh Winter Fair and pedigree champion steer at Smithfield.
Meanwhile, a Blue x Limousin heifer weighing in at 611kg, sold for breeding at 449.5p/kg. Pricey was put forward by Chrstine Williams and Paul Tippets. And Mr JEL Morgan of Llys Newydd of Llandovery achieved 255.5p/kg for his 626kg Blue x Limousin steer. Eddy Morgan also achieved 324.5p/kg for his 625kg black Limousin x heifer.
Others achieving more than 300p/kg were a black Limousin heifer from HArry Porter which sold at 304.5p/kg, and a 512kg Blond heifer from Gwyn Edwards which achieved 300p.kg.
The cattle stewards from the South West Winter Fair committee said: “The standard has been set and we will have a real challenge to follow it next year. We are committed to driving the show forward and we hope all exhibitors will find a ‘good one’ to return to compete again next year.”