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Limousin heifers take the limelight at Winter Stock Festival

Limousin heifer Brockhurst Oriana won top beef honours at the Winter Stock Festival at the East of England Showground in late November. Clemmie Gleeson reports. 

Overall commercial beef champion, Limousin Brockhurst Oriana.

Phil and Sharon Sellers bought the now 18-month-old after the Bucks County Show, at which Phil had judged the Commercial beef classes and chosen Oriana as champion.

Phil explained that he now had a ‘hobby herd’, having retired from full-time farming. He and his Sharlock herd of 12 cows are based at Thorpe Tilney near Sleaford.

Judge Jason Wareham said that Oriana had “lots of style and show character and will be a lovely body of beef”.

Reserve beef honours went to Kevin and Dawn Ludgate from Tebworth in Bedfordshire for their 16-month old heifer Tinkerbell. Shown by the couple’s 16-year-old son William, the 582kg home bred heifer is 3/4 Limousin and home-bred. Her dam was Big Bum who had a successful show career herself, winning several commercial beef titles in 2008. “She will now go back into calf and back into the herd,” said Kevin.

The judge said that Tinkerbell was a “really stylish black show heifer which handled well.”

Baby beef championship went to Ben Beckitt for Limousin cross Frankel with David Plested’s Red River in reserve. Judge Jason Wareham said the champion had “a bit more style about him” and praised his presence and ‘showiness’.

Meanwhile in the sheep rings Robert Priestley and Sarah Garth took top and reserve honours with Beltex cross and pure bred Beltex pairs. They also took the reserve continental championship with a Dassenkop pair. Robert and Sarah have a flock of 150 ewes in North Yorkshire and brought nine pairs to the festival.

Judge Andrew Atkinson said that the supreme champion lambs were “an outstanding pair – a perfect modern day butchers’ lambs.” The champions later fetched £380 in the sale ring while the reserve champions went for £300.

Supreme championship honours in the pig rings (single and pairs) went to Chris Hudson for his Landrace cross Pietrain pair of July gilts. Homebred, they are from his Maerose herd based at Claypole near Newark.

Beef (Judge Jason Wareham, East Sussex)

Supreme commercial beef champion Sup. P. & S. Sellers, Brockhurst Oriana (Limousin); res., K.W. Ludgate, Tinkerbell (Limousin cross)

Champion native Sup. G. Fountaine & P. Bodily, Quinbury June (Beef Shorthorn); res. Trehudreth Farm, Trehudreth Jackie (Lincoln Red)

Champion continental Sup. P. & S. Sellers, Brockhurst Oriana (Limousin)

Champion pure bred beast Sup. P. & S. Sellers, Brockhurst Oriana (Limousin); res. G. Fountaine & P. Bodily, Quinbury June (Beef Shorthorn)

Heifer champion Sup. K.W. Ludgate, Tinkerbell (Limousin cross); res., A. Dickinson & L. Powdrill, Black Magic (British Blue cross)

Steer champion Sup. P. & S. Sellers, Yogi (Limousin cross); res., M. Dickens & Family, Crunchie (Limousin cross)

Crossbred champion Sup. K.W. Ludgate, Tinkerbell (Limousin cross); res., A. Dickinson & L. Powdrill, Black Magic (British Blue cross)

Baby beef native champion B. Beckitt, Blue Lagoon (Aberdeen Angus); res., Warmington Beef Shorthorns, Warmington Vigor (Beef Shorthorn)

Baby beef continental champion Sup. B. Beckitt, Frankel (Limousin cross); res., D. Plested, Red River (Limousin)

Baby beef champion Sup. B. Beckitt, Frankel (Limousin cross); res., D. Plested, Red River (Limousin)

Pedigree calf interbreed champion (Judge D. Thornley, Derbyshire) Sup. R.&.C. Rettie, Retties Eveline (Aberdeen Angus); res., J.& B. Borlase, Sacombe Jacinta (Simmental)

Pigs (Judge Richard Taylor, Derbyshire)

Supreme champion pig Sup., C. Hudson (Pietrain x Landrace) res., C. Bull (Berkshire)

Supreme champion pair Sup. C. Hudson (Pietrain x Landrace) res., C. Bull (Berkshire)

Champion modern Sup. K. & B. Arden (Landrace)

Champion traditional Sup. C. Bull (Berkshire)

Champion cross bred Sup. C. Hudson (Pietrain x Landrace) res., E.C. Hartop (Landrace x Duroc)

Champion modern pair Sup. K. & B. Arden (Landrace)

Champion traditional pair Sup. C. Bull (Berkshire); res., K. & B. Arden (British Lop)

Champion crossbred pair Sup. C. Hudson (Pietrain x Landrace); res., M. Wilson (Pietrain x Saddleback)

Lambs (Judge Andrew Atkinson, North Yorkshire)

Best pair of continental pure bred lambs Sup. R. Garth & S. Priestley (Beltex);
res. R. Garth & S. Priestley (Dassenkop)

Best pair of native pure bred lambs Sup. C.D. Timm (Suffolk);
res., D. Burton (Southdown)

Champion pair of pure bred lambs Sup. R. Garth & S. Priestley (Beltex);
res. R. Garth & S. Priestley (Dassenkop)

Best pair of butchers lambs Sup. & res. Garth & S. Priestley (Beltex cross)

Supreme champion pair of lambs Sup. R. Garth & S. Priestley (Beltex cross);
res., R. Garth & S. Priestley (Beltex)

Breeding ewe lamb (Judges Mr C. Marwood, N Yorkshire & Mr G. Taylor, Cumbria) Sup. The Geary Family (North Country Mule); res., H. Williams (Beltex)


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