CROSS-BRED cattle dominated the judging at the English Winter Fair taking the overall championship and reserve titles.
Winner was an October 2010-born Limousin cross heifer, Miss Scarlet, from Phil and Sharon Sellers of Thorpe Tilney, Lincoln.
The heifer, bred by Wendy Morgan of Builth Wells, is by Raffertys Buster and out of a Limousin cross dam.
Mr Sellers bought the heifer at last year’s Welsh Winter Fair and said he had been aiming her towards this event.
Mrs Morgan has now bred an English Winter Fair champion three times over the last four years.
The champion, weighing 575kg, sold at £4,150 (£7.22/kg) in the post-show auction. The buyer was Lee Machin of Derbyshire-based Manifold Valley Meats.
Taking the reserve spot was Andrew Bishop of Eldersfield, Derbyshire, with a Limousin sired cross-bred heifer, Black Beauty.
Mr Bishop bought the heifer’s dam as a calf at the English Winter Fair before selling her to B. Blandford and Sons of Herefordshire. Mr Bishop said he had always wanted a heifer back off her so bought Black Beauty privately from them.
The August 2010-born heifer, by Waindale UFO, sold at £2,720 (£4.81/kg) to C. Bowring, Nottingham.
Mr Bishop also won the pedigree section with a British Blue heifer, Bishops Feather, which is by Ridgedean Comet.
The baby beef title went to the proven show winner, Pokermon, from the Alford family at Cullompton, Devon.
Baby beef cattle topped at £3,000 (£8.70/kg liveweight) paid for the reserve champion from Messrs Lawson and Wilkinson of Leyburn, Yorkshire. The 71 cattle sold averaged £3.17/kg.
The winning pair of lambs were Texels from Steve and Sara Gibbons who have 50 Texel ewes alongside 300 Beltex and 100 Charollais at Hay on Wye, Herefordshire. This was the first, and last outing, for the pair of February-born lambs. They weighed in at 51kg and the judge Martin Brown of Bedale, bid £590 (£11.39/kg) for them.
Runners-up were a pair of pure-bred March born Beltex lambs from David and Linda Wadland of Aston Le Walls, Daventry.
In the pig rings the winner was Mark Horsley who was showing at the English Winter Fair for the first time.
His winning pair of 16-week-old gilts are from his 200-sow herd at York. Mr Horsley decided on a trip to the event for the first time after deciding he had some ‘classy pigs, which would be well suited to the show’. The pair made £170/head.
He also took the supreme and reserve awards in the pig carcase judging. They sold at £3.80/kg (£245) and £5/kg (£320).
In the cattle carcase section the championship and reserve both went to Bryan and Carole Wilson of Haughton, Staffordshire. The winning carcase was a heifer weighing 302kg and reserve was a steer weighing 380kg. Both were by home-bred pedigree Limousin bulls. They sold at £5.10/kg £1,544) and £4.40/kg (£1,673) respectively.
The lamb carcase championship and reserve was taken by O.P. and A. Beresford of Ashbourne, Derbyshire. They sold for £10/kg (£241) and £10.30/kg (£266), respectively, to Lee Machin.
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