It was a case of deja-vu in the interbreed cattle line-ups at the Royal Norfolk Show with the same champion and reserve beasts as the Suffolk Show.
It meant a hat-trick of wins for Hertfordshire Simmental breeders David and Lesley Sapsed who also won the beef interbreed honours at the Hertfordshire County Show with two-year-old bull Heathbrow Important.
David said that the Norfolk win was particularly special due to it playing host to the breed society’s National Show. “With around 80 Simmentals here this is the pinnacle of the season,” he said. “We are absolutely delighted. He is home bred and from home bred parents. In my eyes he is a bull of very few faults. If I was going to design a bull, this would be it.”
Reserve honours went to Suffolk-based Darren Knox for Charolais heifer Balbithan Nancy. The two-year-old heifer was sired by Davally Illusion and out of Balbithan Forres.
Judge Andrew Anderson from Scotland said that the beasts in the interbreed championships were “out and out very very good.”
“I didn’t know what to expect when I came to judge here but throughout all classes it has been an excellent show of cattle.”
His champion and reserve were both ‘exceptional animals’ he said. “The bull will make an outstanding stock bull in the future.
“He was an easy winner for me. The Charolais is a lovely heifer for the future which will go on and do really well.”
In the dairy interbreed line-up it was also a double Norfolk and Suffolk win for the Billings family with their Holstein second-calver Onco Art Mandy.
Mandy is scored at VG89, gives 60 litres per day and calved in April. It comes after a successful show season last year when she was junior champion at all of the five shows she attended as an in-milk heifer.
Mandy is from the family’s Onco herd of 280 cows based in Darford, Kent. The herd is managed by Ben Dyer and wife Holly who handled Mandy in the show-ring.
Reserve dairy interbreed was five-year-old Moonshine Guapo Java from Beccles-based Moonshine Jerseys.
Pigs and sheep
Elsewhere on the showground the Wakeham-Dawson and Harmer family was celebrating interbreed wins in both the pig and sheep championships. Their Welsh boar Offham Ted 5th was the judge’s favourite in the pig ring. Handled by Gussie Harmer and Alex Moss the boar has also secured wins at Heathfield and will be heading to Edenbridge and Yorkshire later this season. The homebred boar was born in September 2018. The pig herd was set up in 2011 to supply the family’s farm shop in East Sussex.
Reserve interbreed pig was a Large Black January born gilt from PE Churchyard & Son. Breckles Grandeur 18th is one of six on the family’s holding near Attleborough, managed by Peter Churchyard and his son Paul.
Elizabeth Sargent (nee Harmer) won the sheep championships with a Southdown shearling ram. As well as Welsh pigs and Southdown sheep the Wakeham-Dawson and Harmer family also show Sussex cattle.
A Texel shearling ram from Peter Longdin won the reserve sheep title.
Judge Mary Gittins said the Southdown was “a really good sheep”. “He handled really well, was solid and stood well and looked at me. A very good representative of the breed. The Texel was also big and ‘upstanding’. He is a solid meat machine,” she said.
“We had a fantastic turn out of sheep. You don’t think of Norfolk as sheep county yet we had 1,200 sheep here,” she added.