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    Millington Tangerine Leads Limousin interbreed Hat-Trick At The Royal Highland
30/06/06

A Saturday hat-trick of interbreed titles was the crowning highlight of another tremendous show of Limousin cattle at the 2006 Royal Highland Show 22nd – 25th June.  From another large entry of 132 cattle the Limousin breed again dominated the head to head weekend meeting of breed champions when winning the Individual Interbreed, Group Interbreed and Junior Interbreed titles.  For good measure Limousin steaks provided a 1-2-3 win in the prestigious Tesco/MacIntosh Donald Scotch Steak competition.  In the commercial section, a Limousin cross heifer picked up the Champion Heifer rosette.   

    Millington Tangerine

The Champion, Carmorn Voney, with owner and exhibitor, Peter Smyth.

Within blustery but thankfully dry conditions, judge Roger Hazard of the noted Mereside pedigree herd, Saltby Heath Farm, Skillington, Grantham, Lincolnshire, set forth on his task early on Thursday morning, 22nd June.  Some four hours later and from a large and particularly high quality female entry, he  awarded the Limousin Supreme Championship to Millington Tangerine, a first calver born in September 2002 and shown by the breeder Millington Grange Estate, Cold Skin Farm, Millington, York.

 This was the second time that owner John Weatherall and his Millington team had won the Royal Highland Limousin Supreme title following their victory, also with a cow, Gaich Nutcracker, in 2002.  In 2006 however, the Limousin Championship was just the precursor to a heavy haul of further titles.  In what was a formidable line-up, judge Roger Hazard teamed up Millington Tangerine with Millbrook R2K, the Limousin Male Champion from Mr W Campbell, 48 Ballyvaddy Road, Carnlough, Ballymena; Ballymoney Veronica, the Junior Limousin and Junior Interbreed Champion from Mr H Emslie, Kinknockie, Mintlaw, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire and Grahams Violet, a first prize two-year-old heifer from Mr & Mrs RJ Graham, Airthrey Kerse Dairy Farm, Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire. 

Oozing class, style and balance the team grabbed the attention of Interbreed judge Mr Billy Robson, Kilbride Cottage, 35 Kilbride Road, Doagh, Co Antrim who duly placed them as Team Champions and said, "the Limousins were a wonderfully balanced team with no weaknesses and being very correct all the way through.".  Better still was to come for Millington Tangerine.  After a quick breather, the Champions from each breed came back to compete for the title of Individual Interbreed Champion.  Under the eye of the same judge, Tangerine prevailed capping a sparkling seventy two hours for the Millington Grange Estate pedigree Limousin herd.

Roger Hazard, who has now judged all the mainland ‘Royals’ was delighted by the breed’s overall show success  and was particularly impressed by his champion animal.  He commented, “It was a great pleasure to judge such a strong and good show of animals.  The strength in depth of the female classes was superb and in overall quality just shaded the bull classes.  Millington Tangerine I think is a real classy Limousin female, ever so breedy, powerful but feminine with lots of presence and a real ‘look at me’ factor.  She is only young but she has it all and can go on to be a tremendous cow.”  “Ballymoney Veronica my Reserve Female and Junior Champion fitted very much as a type with the Champion and is a really super heifer,” said Mr. Hazard.

Millington Tangerine is by Woodhouse Prince, a Broadmeadows Cannon son who himself won the Royal Welsh Show Limousin Championship in 2002.  She is out of Newsham Lemon a daughter of Normande Ecosse purchased from George Westgarth, Richmond, North Yorkshire.  This coming four–year-old was shown with its November 2005 born bull calf at foot, Millington Ascot sired by the French bull Ideal.

Getting things of to a winning start on Saturday morning was the very stylish Ballymoney Veronica, the Limousin Overall Junior Champion and Reserve Female Champion from Harry Emslie Kinknockie, Mintlaw, Peterhead.  A July 2004 born heifer, Ballymoney Veronica was bred in Southern Ireland by Angus McDonnell.  She is by the French sire Highlander and is out of Ballymoney Noisette. Veronica’s style and presence saw her awarded the Show’s Overall Junior Interbreed title by judge Jim Neill, Boreland of Balmagie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway.

Amongst the bulls it was a fantastic day for the Campbell family from Carnlough, Ballymena with their six-year-old bull Milbrook R2K.  No stranger to the show ring this Festin son out of Milbrook Monique is a multi title winner having last year secured the Individual Interbreed title at the Royal Ulster Show and in 2004 having stood Reserve Male Champion to the Overall Champion at the ILC National Limousin Show.  In a very tense senior bull class, Milbrook R2K was placed first in from of Mr & Mrs R&J Grahams defending champion and, himself, multi title winning bull, Samy.  Milbrook R2K, bred by Mr W Smith, Milbrook, Old Castle, Co Meath stood as the Limousin section Overall Reserve Champion.

The Royal Highland Show 2006 marked yet another realisation of the strength and depth of quality there is in Limousin cattle around the United Kingdom.  A truly inclusive and national Limousin competition saw prize-winners and exhibitors from all four home countries.  Breed support at the principle Royals continues to grow unabated with entries well in excess of 100 evident at the Royal Ulster, Royal Highland, Royal and Royal Welsh Shows.  It constitutes great competition and a fantastic showcase for the Limousin breed. 

INDIVIDUAL SHOW RESULTS

Class 269 Female born on or after 01.04.05
1st            Agate                                                Mr & Mrs R&J Graham
2nd            Keirsbeath Atlantis                        David Orr
3rd            Bettws Asta                                    AH & GW Roberts

Class 270 Female born  01.11.04-31.03.05
1st            Alagils Ainsi                                    AJ Macnab
2nd            Ronick Viveur                        Ronald Dick
3rd            Grahams Virtue                        Mr & Mrs R&J Graham

Class 271 Female born 01.04.04-31.10.04
1st            Ballymoney Veronica            Mr H Emslie
2nd            Spage Valentine                        Mr W Campbell
3rd            Newstart Viyella                        Mr D & Mrs M Cormack

Class 272 Female born 01.11.03-31.03.04
1st            Grahams Violet                        Mr & Mrs R&J Graham
2nd            Newhouse Vommy                        Mr BD Mairs
3rd            Ronick Vorita                                    Ronald Dick

Class 273 Female born 01.11.02-31.10.03
1st            Grahams Trendy                        Mr & Mrs R&J Graham

Class 274 Female born on or before 31.10.01
1st            Millington Tangerine            Millington Grange Estate
2nd             Gaich Pinup                                    Millington Grange Estate
3rd            Ronick Money                        Mr BD Mairs

Class 275 Bull born on or after 01.03.04
1st            Sarkley Volcanic                        Mr Andrew Ewing
2nd            Hafodlas Vino                        Mr Harry Emslie
3rd            Lodge Vilamoura                        WI& AW Callion

Class 276 Bull born 01.09.03-28.02.05
1st            Springsett Agent                        D McBeath & SJ Jessop
2nd            Maraiscote Alfy                        John Nimmo
3rd            Hafodlas Awdur                        AH & GW Roberts

Class 277 Bull born 01.01.04-31.08.04
1st            Greenhill Viper                        Mr D & Mrs M Cormack
2nd            Dyfri Victor                                    David Orr
3rd             Taymar Vince                        Martin Taylor

Class 278 Bull born on or before 31.12.02
1st            Milbrook R2K                        Mr W Campbell
2nd            Samy                                                Mr & Mrs R&J Graham
3rd            Ravageur                                    N&E Cruickshank      
                 
INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Best Junior Bull                               Vigot
Reserve                                             Lodge Actor

Best Junior Female                         Ballymoney Veronica
Reserve                                             Agate

Best Junior Animal                          Ballymoney Veronica
Reserve                                             Vigot

Best Cow                                           Millington Tangerine

Best Female                                      Millington Tangerine
Reserve                                              Ballymoney Veronica

Best Bull                                             Milbrook R2K

Best Animal                                        Millington Tangerine

INTERBREED CHAMPIONSHIPS

INDIVIDUAL
Supreme Champion                                    Millington Tangerine

GROUP OF FOUR
Supreme Champions            Milbrook R2K, Millington Tangerine, Ballymoney Veronica, GrahamsViolet

JUNIOR INTERBREED                                               
Supreme Champion                                    Ballymoney Veronica

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