There was a long distance success at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual Craven Champions highlight in February when Norfolk breeder Henry Harvey & Son, from Waxham Hall, Waxham, took the supreme championship.
At the two-day show and sale of 2018-born store cattle with show potential, Mr Harvey’s April-born British Blue-cross bullock won the first class of the evening show for un-haltered steers, before progressing to become champion steer, then overall supreme champion.
The 9-month-old is among the first crop of home-bred calves to the Norfolk farming family’s new stock bull, the Welsh-bred Dragon Blues Kevin, acquired in May 2017, for 12,000gns. Out of a Blue-cross-Limousin cow, at the following day’s sale the all-black victor became the top-priced male when selling for £2,300 to Skipton regular Mathew Keel, of Thirsk.
The Harveys first exhibited at the Craven Champions showcase in 2016. Mr Harvey farms with his son Ben and they regularly make the long journey north to both sell and buy sheep at Skipton – Texel is their main breed, while they also run a 50-strong herd of cross-bred commercial cattle, as well as growing barley, wheat, peas, potatoes and sugar beet on their 345ha Grade 1 arable holding, with cattle grazed on Norfolk Broads marshes.