Livestock shine at sizzling at Royal Three Counties Show
This year’s Royal Three Counties Show in association with Bruton Knowles, Malvern, saw a record turnout of livestock which was one of the major highlights of a show which basked in the mid-June heatwave.
Head of shows Diana Walton said the show had been an outstanding success, with crowds flocking to the Three Counties showground from across the west midlands and further afield and the judging rings thronged with spectators on all three days of the show.
In the beef lines it was a case of dejavu, with Paul Dawes’ Dinmore herd of Limousins once again clinching the interbreed championship on the second day of the show.
Mr Dawes’ winner this year was the homebred two year old bull Dinmore Lionheart, a son of the noted Requin out of Dinmore Caprice. Led out by herd manager Richard Bartle, Lionheart was praised by interbreed judge Colin Hutchings for his cleanness of fleshing, locomotion and overall breed character. “He’s a great example of a modern Limousin and a clear winner on the day.”
Picking up the reserve interbreed title was the Charolais champion, Balbithan Iona from the White family, Dorset. This 2013-born cow is by Chunal Dougie and out of Balbithan Dixie. She was brought out by her manager Jane Haw and had followed the Limousin champion through from the Continental championship to take the reserve supreme.
In the native championship it was a win for the Mells Park Trust with their South Devon bull Carzise Claudius 1, a Grove Claudius 102 son out of Carzise Audry 12.
Then in the interbreed pairs championship it was the turn of the native breeds to shine, with Mr Hutchings tapping forward the Hereford duo to take the overall title ahead of the Limousin pairing.
Making up the Hereford pair were Lowesmoor 1 Maverick, an April 2015-born bull by Dorepoll 1 499 High Society and out of Lowemoor 1 Winkle 571, and Dendor 1 Jennifer 15th, a Solpoll 1 Gilbert daughter out of Dendor 1 Jennifer 8th. These were brought forward by M J Clark and Sky High Herefords, respectively.
The reserve pairing included the supreme champion, Dinmore Lionheart, with this bull joined by Ironstone Lavender, a Wilodge Vantastic-sired heifer from Messrs Smiths of Bloxham.
Across in the sheep lines the overall interbreed championship went to John Sinnett’s Suffolk shearling ewe, an Irongray Black Magic daughter out of a homebred ewe. This one was on her first outing of the season having been interbreed champion at the Royal Welsh last summer.
Taking reserve under judge Colin Ponting was the reserve from the terminal sire section, the Sercombe family’s Charollais shearling ram from their Dalby flock.
Meanwhile, the champion in the other breeds interbreed was the Bleu Du Maine leader from Percy Tait, with reserve here being the Kerry Hill from J M Jones and Co.
And the sheep interbreed pairs title was awarded to the Charollais duo, with these being a shearling ram and shearling ewe, both from Percy Tait. Reserve to these was the Blue Texel pair from Rhys Cooke.
The Blue Texel breed enjoyed further success in the terminal sire progeny group, with the trio from Paul Tippetts and Christine Williams taking the title ahead of a group of Hampshire Downs from the Pink family.
Record entries in the pig section saw Steve Loveless find his overall champion in the form of the Large Black champion, a February 2016-born sow from Alison Smith. This was Trausmawr Doreen 3, a Weylands Defender 470 daughter out of Sock Doreen 199.
Reserve here was the champion from the Any Other Breed champion, a Landrace sow, Sunrise Cordelia 3211A. This one was bred by Mr Loveless, with the interbreed decision requiring a referee judge, Guy Kiddy, to enter the ring and adjudicate.
Moving to the dairy lines and the interbreed champion in the inaugural National Junior Dairy Show was the Holstein leader, Panda Rhubarb Crumble Gem Red, a GS Alliance O Kalf Red daughter out of Panda Rhubarb Gem Red. She was brought out by Panda Holsteins.
Reserve to her was another from the Holsteins lines and from the same exhibitor, Panda Blackstar Fools Gold, a November 2016-born heifer by Mr Atwood Brokaw. And the dual purpose interbreed championship went to the Red Poll champion from the Daw family, Pochin Illston, with reserve here being claimed by the Gloucester champion, Noent Spirit from C G Freeman.
Rare and Minority Breeds Show
The final day of the show saw the National Rare and Minority Breeds Show, with the cattle interbreed championship in these classes awarded to the Irish Moiled champion, Curraghwaheely Pandora 7 from C and M Ball. The sheep section saw the interbreed award claimed by the Kerry Hill champion from J M Jones and Co.
Mrs Walton said the Three Counties Agricultural Society was indebted to all who supported the show and the exceptional turnout of livestock from across the UK was testament to the high regard the event was held in by breeders and breed Societies. “We couldn’t put on such a high quality show without the livestock and we thank all our exhibitors who helped make it such a success no matter whether they won or not.
“All parts of the Farming village, organised in association with Ballard Dale Syree Watson, were well attended by visitors, including the Ask the Farmer theatre and the other farming elements of the show.
“Our thanks must also go to our judges and stewards who worked hard in some exceptional weather to provide our show visitors with an excellent show of livestock which is without doubt one of the finest in the UK. We look forward to welcoming exhibitors to next year’s Royal Three Counties Show on 15-17 June 2018.”