A ’fantastic trip’ to Scotland brought Welsh breeder, Jane Smith, a clutch of Belted Galloway cattle top prices and trophies.
Jane Smith with her three big priced Belties, the 3800gns, top priced 5800gns and her 5000gn bull with handler Mathew Stoker, Jane Smith and Jimmy Frame, Meadow Farm Stud, Ramsbury
At the show and sale at Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas on Friday 21st October, Jane who farms her Whitepool Herd at Longwood Farm, near Usk, had the three top prices, won the National Show Herd competition, and Stockman of the Year.
Her bull Northern Light sold for 5,800gns to Sir Martyn Arbib for the Howemill herd in Wiltshire, while another of her bulls, Whitepool Neptune, secured at 5,000gns to Speddoch Farms, Muil, Shawhead, Dumfries and Messrs Marshall and Son, Eastlands, Crocketford, Dumfries.
Whitepool McCoy was sold for 3,800gns to Irish breeder Des Dunne of Castle Martin Farms, Co Kildare, Southern Ireland.
Jane says: The breed provides something for everyone, excellent beef with low inputs, good growing cattle that help the environment and they are very attractive! What more is there?
"I have looked after quite a few breeds of cattle over many years, Belties look after me. This is the right way round.”
It follows a wonderfully successful year for Jane, who has been breeding Belted Galloways since 1998. Northern Light was male champion at this year’s Bath & West Show, first at the Royal Highland and male champion at the Great Yorkshire.
His full sister was also very successful this year: Interbreed at Bath & West, Res. Supreme Royal Highland & Supreme Champion at the Great Yorkshire.
Jane is also the NSA Wales & Border Ram Sales Committee Secretary, responsible for organising Europe's biggest ram sale at the Royal Welsh Showground.
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