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British Blue Steer takes Top Honours at Beef Expo 2011

A British Blue cross steer from David and Louise Todd took top honours in the unhaltered section of Beef Expo 2011’s National Spring Spectacular Show at Newark Market on Wednesday 25 May under judge Keith Harryman, Keswick.

Louise Todd with her show champion British Blue cross steer which weighed 734kg and sold for 254.5p/kg.

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The 23 month old steer from Wragby, Lincolnshire-based Newark market regulars Mr and Mrs Todd tipped the scales at 734kg and sold in the weekly prime auction for 254.5p/kg.

Reserve overall champion was a Limousin cross heifer from Newark Market directors Doug and Rachel Gascoine, Southwell, Nottinghamshire. This one weighed in at 665kg and sold for 269.5p/kg.

The Todds were also successful in the barren cow class, with their 888kg Blonde cross cow taking first place and selling for 249.5p/kg.

Winning the young bull class was Ian Wildgoose, Chesterfield, with a Limousin bull which weighed 660kg and sold for 210.5p/kg.

Commenting on the show and subsequent sale Paul Gentry, Newark Market director and Beef Expo 2011 chief cattle steward said the support for the unhaltered show had been superb from both local and further afield exhibitors. “It’s been a great show of cattle and the prices show just what farmers can achieve by selling through the live ring.”


Champion D and L Todd’s 734kg British Blue cross steer (249.5p/kg)

Reserve champion D and R Gascoine’s 665kg Limousin cross heifer (269.5p/kg)

Class One – Young bulls
1st I Wildgoose’s 660kg Limousin bull (210.5p/kg)
2nd P R Dawes 697kg Limousin bull (186.5p/kg)
3rd Messrs Coton Farms’ 664kg Limousin cross bull (194.5p/kg)

Class Two – Barren cow
1st D and L Todd’s 888kg Blonde cross cow (249.5p/kg)
2nd C Watts’ 1021kg British Blue cow (279.5p/kg)
3rd P R Dawes 994kg British Blue cow (309.5p/kg)

Class Three - Prime steer
1st D and L Todd’s 734kg British Blue cross steer (245.5p/kg)
2nd I R Wildgoose’s 687kg Limousin cross steer (225.5p/kg)
3rd T A and L C Lyon and Son’s 702kg Limousin cross steer (219.5p/kg)

Class Four – Prime heifer
1st D and R Gascoine’s 665kg Limousin cross heifer (269.5p/kg)
2nd P and B Hodgson and Sons’ 565kg British Blue cross heifer (219.5p/kg)
3rd M Dickens and Family’s 584kg Limousin cross heifer (201.5p/kg)

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