The Aberdeen-Angus breed carried off a clutch of top awards at the
new-look Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair on Saturday (December 2).
Duke of Norfolk Trophy presentation
The highly-prized Duke of Norfolk Trophy for the best group of three
pure-bred steers was won by Aberdeen-Angus - repeating the breed’s
success of two years ago at London’s Earls Court - and the
breed also walked away with the Queen Mother’s Perpetual Trophy
for the native breed champion and the pedigree cattle championship.
Aberdeen-Angus also stood reserve in both sections.
“This is the most successful day the Aberdeen-Angus breed
has enjoyed at the Royal Smithfield Show for many years,” said
a delighted breed president, Nigel Hammill, owner of the Tegsnose
herd at Pyegreave Farm, Coalpit Lane, Langley, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Britain’s top prime stock show, held at the Royal Bath and
West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, was being held outside
London for the first time since its foundation in 1799.
Leading the Aberdeen-Angus onslaught was the 20 month old heifer,
Lockerley Kind Princess E549, which was stepping up from reserve
overall champion at the National Primestock Show two weeks ago.
Sired by Idvies Euris B112 and bred by Leonard van Geest, Lockerley
Hall Farm, Romsey, Hants, the heifer was exhibited by Michael Kirby,
Milton Mill Farm Milton Damerel, Holsworthy, Devon, and won a string
of championships at the local shows.
The heifer was joined by the reserve pedigree and native breeds’ champion,
the 14 month old heifer, Carlhurlie Emberiza, by Skaill Dotcom,
from Rae Grieve, Carlhurlie, Lundin Links, Fife, and the 20 month
old steer, Billy Boy, by Rawburn No Limits, from Stewart Ogle,
Jennywoodston Farm, Kippen, Stirling, to complete the team which
won the Duke of Norfolk Trophy.
Reserve champion in the Aberdeen-Angus section was the 14 month
old steer, Back to Black, by St Fort Pilot, from M and H D Currie,
Skewbridge, Mouswald, Dumfries.
Class results for pure-bred Aberdeen-Angus or sired by Aberdeen-Angus
Heifer – 1 Michael Kirby’s Lockerley Kind Princess
E549; 2 Andrew Stevenson’s Maria’ 3 Rae Grieve’s
Junior steer – 1 Andrew Stevenson’s The Gruffallo;
2 M and H D Currie’s Back to Black; 3 Lynher Valley’s
Senior steer – 1 Brailes Livestock’s Black Velvet; 2
A E and C R Bishop’s Elmo; 3 Stewart Ogle’s Billy Boy.
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