A 700-mile round trip to the National Aberdeen Angus Show in Cumbria
paid off for north of Scotland breeder Hamish Sclater when he lifted
the supreme championship.
Ron McHattie - Chief Executive, AACS,
Husband - Account Manager for Costco, AKS Ltd,
Barry Young - Judge,
Mr Sclater, who had made the journey from Turriff with his father
Bill was able to break the news to his wife Margaret, who works
full time, and his mother Mary back home in Scotland then he went
on to win the interbreed native beef award at the Westmorland County
Show which hosted the national Angus event for the second year
Increased interest in the Angus breed across the UK backed by
calf registrations doubling in the last decade led to a boost in
entries for the national show with a total of 81 cattle compared
with 63 in 2005.
The Angus judge Canadian Barry Young on his UK judging debut braved
day long virtual torrential rain – no rain has fallen at
his home in Saskatchewan since June - at Crooklands, Kendal and
selected his supreme champion and male champion was the 17 month
old bull Deveron Kankara E146.
His reserve overall champion was his female champion the three
year old cow with calf at foot, Cragg Majestic Martina C027 shown
by Julia Swires, of Cragg House Farm, Wilshill, Harrogate.
Mr Young, who runs 150 pedigree Angus cows in his Youngdale herd
which was established in the early 1970s, said of his choices: “The
bull has a lot of future. He shows character and is lean at the
front with clean muscle and is well balanced.
“He is the type of bull which would sire my reserve champion.
She is an excellent cow with exceptional female attributes, quality
It was the best show success yet in the 10 years since Mr Sclater
established his Deveron herd at the mainly arable unit, Denhead
Farms, Dunlugas, Turriff.
As well as winning three other classes, he was presented with
the top prize award of £1,000, plus the Certified Aberdeen
Angus Beef Trophy by Lucy Husband on behalf of Costco and their
Aberdeen Angus beef supplier AK Stoddart.
The April 2005 born bull was sired by Whitfield Jester Eric, sold
to Mr Sclater by Northumberland breeder John Rutherford, of Whitfield,
Hexham, for 3,000gns, the top price at the Carlisle October 2003
Kankara is among the first of a successful crop of calves by Jester
Eric which has a beef value of 30 putting him in the top two per
cent for the breed and his eye muscle score places him in the top
one per cent.
The champion’s dam is the first daughter of the Irish-bred
bull Giggintown Toy Boy to produce a calf.
“This is our best success to date and it’s just by
chance of how the calendar falls that we were able to attend the
show this year,” said Hamish Sclater.
“Because we have 400 acres of arable crops we are usually
harvesting during the first week in September but with the Westmorland
Show being held on September 14 – the latest date in the
month it is held – that allowed us to get here,” he
“In the past we have won the McRobert Trophy for the best
group of three at the Royal Highland Show and twice we have won
the championship at the biggest Angus calf show in the UK, the
Black Beauty Bonanza Calf Show in Inverurie.”
Mr Sclater plans to sell Kankara at the Perth February Angus sale.
Mr Sclater also won the exhibitor-bred trophy and the group of
three animals owned by the exhibitor, as well as one of the yearling
heifer and heifer calf classes.
Equally delighted with her reserve championship success was accountant
Julia Swires, who runs the Cragg herd which totals 15 animals with
help from her father Don, a retired insurance broker, and her mother
Jane on 50 acres at 650ft above sea level in Nidderdale, Yorkshire.
The herd dates back to 1976.
The April 2003 born cow Majestic Martina by Rawburn Transformer
weighed 540kg at 400 days and is from one of the herd’s original
“She has been very much admired,” said a delighted
Julia. “She is a very feminine cow. I’m very pleased
that she caught the judge’s eye.”
Her heifer calf at the time of the show at eight months old weighed
340kg. The calf, Cragg Majestic Marcella D042 is by Netherton Fabulous
Cruz and was placed fourth in her class.
Reserve male champion was from TA and P Johnson of Clarence House
Farm, Yearsley, Brandsby, York with their January 2006 born bull
calf Yearsley Maistro Boy F056 by Rawburn Eric Star.
Reserve female championship went to Andrew J Brown, of Hawstead
Lodge Farm, Pinfold End, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk with Hawstead
Lodge Pamela E042 by Blelack Blackberet A241 which also won her
yearling heifer class.
Two year old bull – Mrs C Fletcher’s Barwise Meridian
Yearling bull – 1 HW Sclater’s Deveron Kankara E146;
2 J and W Arnott’s Haymount Wavacca; 3 Andrew J Brown’s
Hawstead Lodge Eurevine.
Senior cow – Stuart Addison’s Castlegate Barbara Z021;
2 Mrs C Fletcher’s (no 277); 3 J and V Brooks’ Bon
Three year old cow – 1 Mrs JB Swires’s Cragg Majestic
Martina C027; 2 D K Jeary’s Briston Echo C024; 3 Tom Rennie’s
Mosston Muir Jennifer.
Two year old heifer – 1 Alistair Clark’s Duncanziemere
Jodie D147; 2 TA and P Johnson’s Yearsley Prunella D042;
3 HW Sclater’s Deveron Kleo D130.
Yearling heifer – 1 Andrew J Brown’s Hawstead Lodge
Pamela E042; 2 C S Page’s Foolness Erinn E040; 3 TA and P
Johnson’s Yearsley Pru E045.
Yearling heifer (class 2) – 1 HW Sclater’s Deveron Black
Thorn Pelaree E89; 2 Mr and Mrs R Tuke’s Hardiesmill Edessa
E146; 3 J and V Brooks’ Bon Lea Elegance.
Group of three – HW Sclater; 2 Andrew J Brown; 3 Tom Rennie.
Bull calf – 1 TA and P Johnson’s Yearsley Maistro
Boy F056; 2 J and W Arnott’s Haymount Wavuzzo; 3 J Robert
Galloway’s Cardona Punch.
Heifer calf – 1 HW Sclater’s Deveron Elize F159; 2
Mrs JB Swires’ Cragg Millicent Belle D041; 3 Stuart Addison’s
Castlegate Baroness F014.
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