Rare pig breed takes top title

A rare pig breed brought back from the brink of extinction won the interbreed title for the first time ever at this year’s Devon County Show.

Maureen and Andy Case’s Oxford & Sandy Black female Cwmnanthia XVII Cynthia 128 took the title ahead of Steve Loveless’s Large White gilt Port Bredy Beryl 1190, which also claimed the reserve spot in the BPA Pig of the Year Award qualifier.

“This is a breed that we’ve had a long struggle to get recognised, so it is a real triumph,” said Mrs Case of Milton Abbas, Dorset.

Two breeds featured strongly in the beef classes, with Simmentals leading the way ahead of Aberdeen Angus in both the championship and pairs.

British Simmental bull Corskie Radium, by Popes Laird, claimed the interbreed championship, delighting his owner Penny Lally.

Two-year old Corksie Radium, bred by FW Farmer Focus writer Iain Green will go on to the Royal Cornwall and Royal Show later this year.

Reserve champion was Colin Hutchings’ Aberdeen Angus bull Logie Daredevil D255.

This bull, sired by Blelack Blackstaff, was also making his showing debut and featured in the reserve pair and group of three beef cattle.

In the dairy classes it was Tim Reed’s Holstein, Osco Charles Amanda 12, which took the interbreed title.

This five-year-old cow by Summershade Inquirer is currently giving 40 litres/day.

“She’s a fantastic cow to own,” said Mr Reed, who keeps 140 pedigree Holsteins at Awliscombe, Honiton, Devon. Reserve champion and half of the winning pair was Mark Davis two-year-old Jersey heifer Rivermead Juno Tina.

By Potterswell Lord Juno, this heifer first calved in March and is now giving 26 litres a day.

Taking the sheep interbreed championship was an outstanding British Charollais ram, Sheldon Fearless, bred and owned by Gerald Burrough from Dunkeswell, Devon.

Reserve champion was Robert Jordan’s North Country Cheviot shearling ewe from his flock at Moortown Farm, Gidleigh, Devon.