Described by many ringsiders as one of the best displays of Aberdeen-Angus stock ever seen, the breed’s National Show held at the Royal County of Berkshire Show, Newbury, at the weekend (19-20 September), saw more than 120 Aberdeen-Angus cattle forward and exhibitors travelling from many corners of the UK to compete at this prestigious event.
Champion Eastfield Black Bandit H876
And it was some of the furthest travelled that picked up the championship places. Taking the male and overall championship under judge and renowned breeder Neil Massie of the Blelack herd was Eastfield Black Bandit H876 from Messrs T H Brewis, Kelso, Roxburghshire. Born February 2008, Black Bandit is by Rawburn Rochester E242 and is out of Eastfield Blackbird C338. Shown by Ewan Brewis’ stock manager Iain McGillivray, this bull has been unbeaten in his classes since last year where he was first at the National calf show in Edinburgh in November, before taking a first and reserve champion at the Border Union Show this year as well as first and overall champion at Berwick Show.
Described by Mr Massie as “a good young bull with great length, elevation, legs and one of the best heads he has seen on an Aberdeen-Angus bull for a long time”, he is adamant this is a bull with a great future. Black Bandit has a terminal index of +33 and a self replacing index of +33 and will be sold at the Stirling bull sales in October.
Champion female Belhaven Ruisseau H062
Taking the reserve and female champion spot was John and Teena Gilmour of J Gilmour Co Ltd, Macmerry, East Lothian. In the hands of Richard and Carol Rettie who have been housing and exhibiting the Belhaven show team this summer, Belhaven Ruisseau H062 caught the eye of Mr Massie for being a correct, stylish and well balanced heifer. Born February 2008, she is by Vermilion Payweight J847 and is out of Prairielane 6009 Rosebud 8022. She has immense figures to match with a terminal index of +42 and a self replacing index of +46.
Reserve male champion Hawstead Lodge Eric H163
Both the reserve male and reserve female championship spots were won by Andrew Brown of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. His reserve male champion Hawstead Lodge Eric H163, shown by Kevin Byford, stood second to Black Bandit and is by the herd’s stock bull Nightingale Panimure E281 and is out of Curzon Ebonnie V26. He will now be retained as the herd’s junior stock bull for the 80-cow herd.
The reserve female champion, Hawstead Lodge Pamela E042, is a January 2005 born daughter of Blelack Blackberet A241 out of Hayrish Petula A033. Shown with her April born Nightingale Panimure calf at foot, she has picked up countless championships in her time as a two year old heifer as well as native interbreed at this year’s East of England Show and female interbreed champion at Edenbridge and Oxted Show.
Calf champion Rull Francis
The incredibly competitive calf classes were won by Edward and Claire Jones, Cullompton, Devon, with Rull Francis J062, a January 2009 born daughter of Muirhall Top Deal out of Rull Francis F062 who is a daughter of Netherton Francis C236. Shown by Andrew House, this was the first outing for Francis who will next appear at the South of England Calf Show at Bristol later in the year.
1st and 2nd prize class winners:
Bull born before 1st January 2007
1 I H McLaren and Son’s Aynho Prince Kincaid F341 (by Belvin Kincaid 27’00)
2 CJ and JLM Hutchings’ Wedderlie Kentucky Excel (by Wedderlie Eriexad)
Bull born in 2007
1 AE and CR Bishop’s Warrenho Dalmigavie G237 (by Nightingale Dalmigavie)
2 CJ and LM Hutchings’ Hallington Lancer (by Blelack Prince Consort)
Bull born between 1st Jan 2008 and 31 March 2008
1 TH Brewis’ Eastfield Black Bandit H876 (by Rawburn Rochester) (Male and overall champion)
2 AJ Brown’s Hawstead Lodge Eric H163 (by Nightingale Panimure) (reserve male champion)
Bull born between 1st April 2008 and 31st December 2008
1 JR Elliot’s Elliot Dam Buster H852 (by Rawburn Lord Ross C216)
2 HW Sclater’s Deveron Parakian H252 (Penguin Bobby E208)
Bull calf born in 2009
1 G Brooke’s Linton Gilbertones Percy (by Rawburn Ravovo)
2 AR Franklin’s Blacktank Billy (by Lockerley Kruz Prince)
Reserve female champion Hawstead Lodge Pamela
Senior cow in milk or in calf born before 1st Jan 2006
1 AJ Brown’s Hawstead Lodge Pamela E042 (by Blelack Blackberet) (reserve female champion)
2 BS Ronan’s Jerusalem Delia (by Blelack Blacksmith)
Cow in milk or in calf in 2006
1 AE and CR Bishop’s Warrenho Juliet Erica F186 (by Netherton Kiwi Sam A141)
2 P Frain and L Davey’s Woodvale Juliette (by Penguin Toney Bear)
Heifer born between 1st Jan 2007 and 31st March 2007
1 BS Ronan’s Jerusalem Diana (by Jerusalem Faraday)
2 PC Stovold and Son’s Rosemead Ekim G732 (by Ellin Erroneous)
Heifer born between 1st April 2007 and 31st December 2007
1 BS Ronan’s Jerusalem Pride (by Jerusalem Lord Hermes)
2 EA and MC Jones’ Rull Janira Erica G073 (by Jeremy Eric of Bridgefoot)
Heifer born between 1st Jan 2008 and 31st March 2008
1 J Gilmour Co Ltd’s Belhaven Ruisseau (by Vermilion Payweight) (Female and overall reserve champion)
2 DH Batch’s Lockerley Georgina (by Lockerley Mr Big)
Heifer born between 1st April 2008 and 31st Dec 2008
1 Tom Rennie’s Mosston Muir Eline (by Rawburn Transformer)
2 AJ Brown’s Hawstead Lodge Buttercup H194 (by Nightingale Panimure)
Heifer calf born in 2009
1 EA and MC Jones’ Rull Francis J092 (by Muirhall Top Deal)
2 Melview Farming’s Melview Georgie (by Nightingale Kruncher)
Group of Three owned by exhibitor
1 BS Ronan, Jerusalem team
2 CJ and JLM Hutchings’ Kingsbrompton team
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