The first of the shows in the south east started with a bang at the weekend for Rupert Taylor Ltd’s Charolais herd as they took both the interbreed and reserve overall tickets in the beef cattle lines at Heathfiled Show, East Sussex.
Although entries were down considerably this year, with classes having to be emalgamated, the string of Charolais cattle led out by Robert and Fiona Temple dominated proceedings.
Their champion and overall female champion was the March 2006 heifer Rumsden Bianca, by Burnside Taz. Standing reserve to her was their male champion Rumsden Cruiserweight, by Roundhill Rocky. Both exhibits were out of the same dam, Rumsden Tatania.
The Sussex breed dominated the reserve line up with the Milson family taking the reserve female title with Trottenden Terpischore 91 and Trottenden Major 2 from the same holding taking the reserve male title.
In the any other breed section, Jason and Sarah Wareham took the best British Blue ticket with their August 2006 Gitan son Wareham’s Billy, while Sue and Tim Watson took the best Limousin ticket with their yearling heifer Thorndean Cracker.
Thorndean also led the way in the commercial section with their purebred Limousin heifer Thorndean Cheeky.
Supreme Dairy Champion was a Holstein from
The Champion Ayrshire was from Maggie Howie, Douglass Admiral Molly from class 5 for a heifer in milk. The champion Dexter was from May Henderson, Iffin Brandy from class 34 for an in-calf heifer.
The champion young handler was Maxine Gray (dairy classes). The award for best beef handler went to Heather Graham.