Charolais breeders turned out one of the ‘best ever’ entries
of cattle at the Scottish and Northern Charolais Breeders’ National
Show staged at the Cumberland Show, Carlisle on Saturday 15 July
which was led by the two year old in calf heifer, Holstead Velvet
bred and exhibited by Freddie and June Andrews, of Holmfirth.
Not only did Velvet claim the supreme female and overall
Charolais event award, but she went on to secure the overall
beef interbreed award on the field.
“This show attracted an outstanding entry, one of the best
I’ve ever seen which bodes well for the Charolais breed’s
future,” commented judge, Brian McAllister, of Kells, Ballymena
after a three hour stint among the 101 entries. “However
Velvet was the obvious winner. She was very correct throughout
and had good locomotion, in fact she demonstrated all the breed’s
characteristics and was everything a Charolais should be.”
Velvet, who was fresh from her success three days earlier at
the Great Yorkshire where she claimed the supreme beef interbreed
title, was by Gretnahouse Noel and out of the homebred Halstead
Pascal who goes back Shamleys Hero and two Royal champions, Lakeland
Sagesse and Livermore Royal. She was also within the breed’s
top 1% with a Beef Value of CH33. “We are absolutely thrilled
with Velvet’s success, however what pleased us most is
the support we’ve had from fellow breeders and their appreciation
of such a quality beast,” said Freddie Andrews who has
been exhibiting Charolais from the family’s 30 cow herd
for more than 20 years, but never before won such accolades.
Pipped into overall reserve place was the junior male champion,
Corrie Alan, an 11 month old youngster by Oldstone Egbert, who
claimed the breed award at Doune and Dunblane. Alan was bred
and exhibited by Duncan MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow, who also
produced the senior male champion, Corrie Urbane, a 30 month
Mortimers Roselier son and out of the celebrated Burke trophy
winner, Mowbraypark Gigi. Urbane, who carried off the championship
at Campsie, was scheduled to be turned straight back out to work
among the 45 cow Corrie herd.
The junior female award went to Ian and Dot Goldie’s (Cummertrees,
Annan) Solwayfirth Abi, an 18 month old maiden who was placed
first in her class at the Royal Highland. Abi was by Maerdy Restful
and out of the successful show cow, Bassett Philly.
Kelton Unity, a three year old calved heifer was in reserve senior
female slot. Bred and exhibited by Gelston Castle Farms, Castle
Douglas, Unity was by Balmyle Magnate and no stranger to the
Cumberland ring having taken the breed title and reserve overall
award 12 months earlier.
The strong commercial classes were led by Crookdake Athena, a
12 month purebred Charolais heifer from David and Sharon Miller,
Waverton, Wigton. A Doonally New daughter and out of a Givendale
bred dam, one of the foundation cows in their four year old herd,
Athena was led to victory by the couple’s 12 year old son,
David also headed up the young handlers section, this time with
Crookdake Apple, another Doonally New daughter, while his brother,
10 year old Kieran Miller was in second place with Athena.
The overall reserve place in the commercial section was Whiskey,
an August 2005 born Charolais cross by Cargriff Rolls Royce and
bred by the Morgan brothers, Pencelli Court, Brecon. Exhibited
by Richard Hassall and Rachael Wyllie, Lower Brailes, Banbury,
Whiskey was making a highly successful showring debut, standing
above Peaches and Cream, a same way bred Charolais cross heifer
who claimed the top Charolais cross award at the Newark and Notts,
and the Three Counties.
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