Limousin x British Blue heifer secures Scotbeef championship

Champion at the Scottish National Premier Meat Exhibition at Scotbeef, Bridge of Allan, was a Limousin x British Blue heifer bred by Edward Cuthbert, Low Town, Alnwick, Northumberland, and shown by Alan Turnbull, Meadowend, Clackmannan. This one  killed out at 64.1% and classified -U3.carcass champ.jpg

Judge, Brian Glaves (right), who has an abattoir and butchers shops near Scarborough was looking for carcases with good eye muscle, eating quality and as little waste as possible. This 388kg heifer also caught the eye of Italian judge, Paola Fabbri, who selected it for the Premio Speciale Italiano prize for the carcase most suited to the Italian market.

Reserve overall was Charlie Simpson, Mains of Creuchies, Alyth, who was surprised and delighted to turn up at Scotbeef on Saturday to discover a blue and white ticket on his 344kg steer which graded -U4L.

Harry Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains, Peterhead, took the prize for the best Aberdeen-Angus carcase with a 409kg steer which graded -U3 and had taken third place in the live judging at Caledonian Marts on Wednesday.

Cattle winner on Wednesday was Steven Wylie, Longloch Farm, Kirkcaldy, with a Limousin cross British Blue cross heifer, while reserve was father and daughter, Fraser and Stephanie Ewart, Easter Dounie, Blairgowrie, with a British Blue cross steer.

In the lamb classes French judge, Dominique Bart, picked a ¾ Beltex lamb from John and Kirsty Guthrie at Cuiltsburn, Muthill, for his champion and also the lamb most suited to the French market.  This 23.4kg lamb was an E3L and killed out at 54.2%. John also won the carcase prize two years ago, he and daughter, Kirsty, lamb about 300 cross sheep and 50 pure Beltex every year.

 Andrew Baillie, Carstairs Mains, Carstairs, took reserve, again with a Beltex cross lamb which graded E3L.

The Blackface champion was Donald MacKenzie, Ryechraggan, Inverness, Malcolm Stewart, Brotherstone, Melrose took the top Suffolk spot while the best Cheviot came from Alex Paul, Ballingall Mill, Leslie.

The live sheep classes were led by Richard and Granville Colegrave, Guardswell, Inchture, with their Beltex cross lamb, while John Hall, Inglewood Edge, Carlisle, fresh from his Smithfield win, took reserve.

The award for the most successful lamb group went this year to Highland Glen based at Aberfeldy.