Great British Livestock celebrated at Royal Three Counties Show
This year’s Royal Three Counties Show, in association with JCB Paint, was an outstanding celebration of Great British livestock and all those associated with the farming industry and British countryside.
Taking centre stage at the show, staged in association with JCB Paint, was an outstanding display of some of the finest cattle sheep and pigs from across the UK, including national shows for a number of breeds of both cattle and sheep.
Fittingly it was stock from two of these national shows which headed the lines in the cattle and sheep interbreed competitions, with a British Blonde heifer taking the cattle interbreed and a Southdown ram winning the top ticket in the sheep section.
Head of Shows Diana Walton said this year’s show had once again exceeded expectations on all fronts, with exceptionally strong displays of livestock across all sections coupled with high numbers of visitors and a number of high profile visitors adding to the celebratory atmosphere around the showground.
“This year’s Royal Three Counties Show, the 60th to be held at the Society’s Malvern showground, will go down as one to remember for all the right reasons. The feeling around the showground from the moment the gates opened to the public on Friday was one of celebration and excitement, something the entire team here at the Society work so hard to achieve over the 12 months between shows.”
Heading up the beef cattle classes was a Blonde heifer from David and Sue Knight’s Bristol-based Doncombe herd, Doncombe Madhu. This Janurary 2016-born heifer is by French sire Aramis and out of Doncombe Ishtar. She had won the Blonde breed classes before going on to be tapped out as champion of the Continental breeds and then overall champion under judge Bill Quick, Credition, Devon.
Mr Quick said Madhu had been a standout from the moment he saw her. “She is exceptionally correct with great locomotion and breed style, coupled with a great top. It was close between her and the Limousin which took reserve spot, but she edged for being that bit more stylish on the day.”
Madhu then went on to win the show’s champion of the parade award on Saturday afternoon at the show, with this award pitting the champion bovine against the champion sheep and the champion pig and judged this year by actress Felecity Finch better known as Ruth Archer from the radio serial drama The Archers.
Taking the reserve championship in the beef lines was the Limousin champion, Dinmore Madonna from Paul Dawes’ Herefordshire-based herd. This August 2016-born heifer is by the 140,000gns Trueman Jagger and out of Ampertaine Estelle. Mr Quick said she was another which caught the eye immediately for her fleshing and breed character. “This is a great heifer and one which has a great future ahead of her.”
The tables were then turned in the interbreed pairs championship when the Limousin duo pipped the Blonde pairing to the Continental pairs championship before going on to take the overall pairs championship ahead of the native pairs championship, a brace of Aberdeen-Angus.
In the native breeds section of the interbreed the champion was the Aberdeen-Angus leader, Angus Neish’s January 2017-born heifer Rodmead Pribaby T815, a homebred Warrenho Elite M417 daughter.
Reserve here was the Hereford champion Dendor 1 Ruby 29, an October 2016-born heifer by Solpoll 1 Gilbert and out of Dendor 1 Ruby 17.
The Hereford breed had to be content with reserve honours in the native pairs championship too, taking second spot to the Aberdeen-Angus again.
Taking the championship in the commercial beef classes was James May’s Limousin cross heifer Lady B, a heifer which was bought by Mr May at last year’s Welsh Winter Fair from Ayrshire-based Louise Allan. Reserve to her was the reserve heifer champion, Lady De Beouf, from Ed and Sarah Layton, with this being another Limousin sired heifer.
In the show’s dairy cattle classes, the National Junior Dairy Show, saw a first calved Holstein heifer from Dymock, Gloucestershire Paul and Kirsty Westaway clinch the top ticket. This was Hasworth Shot Al Margherita, an embryo transfer bred Mr Regelcreek daughter which is expected to exceed 10,000kgs I her first lactation.
Reserve here under judge David Jones, Monmouthshire, was the leader from the Jersey classes, Parkplace Topeka Hilda from Duncan Dawes Farms. This is another first calved heifer born in June 2016 and sired by Chili and out of Parkplace Warrior Hilda.
Top spot in the Dual Purpose section interbreed went to the Gloucester champion, a 2008-born cow from Keith and Helen Burgess. This was Fenton Cinders, a daughter of Dymock Burgess out of Fenton Stella.
Following along in reserve here was the Dexter champion, Tooloo’s Freesia from Messrs Digweed, with this one being a May 2014-born cow sired by Wise Harris Hawk and out of Langley End Morisia.
In the show’s bumper sheep section which saw more than 1800 entries, the interbreed championship fell to local exhibitors Jonathan Long and family from Bishops Frome, Herefordshire, with their Southdown aged ram which had been tapped out as champion in the breed’s National Show staged on the first day of the Show.
This four year old ram, Percheron, was imported from France as a two year old and is senior stock sire for the family’s Chaileybrook flock and is shared with Sid Cook’s Lincolnshire-based Brant flock. He took the championship in the terminal sire section of the interbreed championship before going on to be overall champion.
Interbreed judge Charles Sercombe praised the ram for his exceptional correctness and topline. “For a ram of his age he is simply outstanding in every aspect. He is great on his legs and feet and has exceptional evenness of fleshing with a loin that would be the envy of many breeds.”
Taking the reserve overall championship was a Blue Texel shearling ewe from Shropshire-based David Roberts, with this one having followed the Southdown ram through from the terminal sire section before going on to be reserve overall champion. Mr Sercombe said it had been a close call between these two, but the Southdown’s correctness won out on the day.
In the other breeds section of the interbreed championship it was a Poll Dorset ram lamb from Pembrokeshire-based David Lewis which took the top spot ahead of the Leicester Longwool champion from Davina Stanhope, Shropshire.
David Roberts then enjoyed further success when he took the interbreed pairs championship with his pair of Charollais from his Boyo flock, with this being a duo of lambs which triumphed under judge Andrew Walton, Northumberland. Reserve in this competition was the Poll Dorset pair, with a trio of Charollais from Mr Roberts also taking the terminal sire progeny group of three championship too.
Somerset-based Alice Newth rose to the top of the pile in the pig classes, taking the interbreed title with her September 2017-born Landrace gilt Prestcombe Ally 6, a Prestcombe Hawk 3 daughter out of Prestcombe Ally 4, with judge William Gregory praising her for her exceptional growth and correctness. “Her size for age is tremendous and she is just an all round great pig which I’d be proud to have bred myself,” he added.
Reserve overall here was the Large Black champion, a February 2016-born sow from Martin Snell and family, Sock Doreen 208, a daughter of Glenariff Attempt 2 out of Sock Doreen 194.
Rare and Minority Breeds Show
The final day of the show, Sunday 17 June saw the National Rare and Minority Breeds Show take place, with exhibitors converging on Malvern from across the country to compete for top honours.
Leading the way in the beef cattle classes was a Beef Shorthorn heifer Dinmore Zoe Katrina from Paul Dawes. This is a March 2016-born heifer by Dunsyre Forrester and out of Grafton Zoe.
Taking reserve here was September 2012-born Belted Galloway cow Howiemill Mustang Sally from Sir Martyn Abib. This is a daughter of Howiemill See the Sky and out of Howiemill Sally
In the sheep section of the Rare and Minority Breeds Show the interbreed title was taken by Bromyard-based Matt Gray and Louise Crowther with their Dorset Horn ewe lamb from their Buckenhill flock, while reserve was a Norfolk Horn ram from Lancashire-based Lewis Walton.
And in the pig section Alice Newth continued her winning form, taking the interbreed championship title with her British Saddleback gilt Prestcombe Belle 8, a Prestcombe Golden Arrow 15 daughter out of Prestcombe Belle 5.
Following her in to reserve spot were H D and E M Roberts with their Welsh sow Gwynys Jean 2150, an Gwynys Victor 1477 daughter out of Gwynys Jean 1608.