Record numbers of visitors poured through the gates and enjoyed two action-packed days at this year’s Countryside Live. (Sat 21 and Sun 22 October)
The Supreme Beef Champion, Tecwyn Jones’s, Limousin X steer “Jager Bomb” shown by Mr Jones. He and his 13 year old son Llyr Jones are with the championship trophy.
Organisers the Yorkshire Agricultural Society announced a final gate figure of 10,700 beating last year’s previous record of 10,221.
Now in its ninth year, Countryside Live is held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate and includes the best of British livestock along with rural activities and demonstrations which appeal to all the family.
Bill Cowling, Show Director, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have another record attendance – our third in four years. It’s clear that Countryside Live appeals to both the farming community and the general public. The many, many families who have been here over the weekend, have had a great time learning about rural life, enjoying locally produced food and having fun. We’re the first of the winter livestock shows, and I’m sure our champions, particularly the Supreme Beef Champion will go on to win further top prizes.”
In the cattle section, it was the Welsh who headed home with the silverware taking both the Supreme and Reserve beef championships. Tecwyn Jones of North Wales collected the top award with his black Limousin X steer, Jager Bomb. Weighing 654kg, the steer has already taken eight championships and six interbreed titles, and will doubtless go on to win further awards at forthcoming shows. Glyn Howatson’s homebred heifer, Minni M had to be content with Reserve. She had earlier won Champion Limousin Heifer. Mr Howatson is from Denbigh, North Wales and this was his second visit to Countryside Live.
Judge Phil Sellers said: “They are both outstanding animals but I’ve chosen the bullock because I felt it had more finish, more loin, and more length and depth.”
In the Baby Beef, Charlotte Alford of Devon won the championship with Pokemon, her March born steer who was having his first outing. Neil Slack of Penrith took Reserve with Swagger Jagger, a home-bred heifer, also born in March. Charlotte had double cause to celebrate as she was also first in the Young Beef Handlers section.
In the sheep, it was a great weekend for the Beltex. For the second year running Messrs R Hall & Son of Dalston, Carlisle, won the Supreme Champion Pair of Butcher’s Lambs with their homebred Beltex cross. They also took the rosette for the Champion Single Butcher’s Lamb. The lambs were shown by Joanne Hall and Johnny Aitken.
The Reserve Supreme Pair Champions were shown by George Cropper and Harry Wood of Accrington, Lancashire, also with Beltex crosses, owned by the CW Showteam, from Preston. The Reserve Champion Single Butcher’s Lamb went to Martin and Val Brown of Newton le Willows, Bedale with another Beltex cross.
In the natives, Anthony Thompson of Colne, Lancashire won the championship with a pair of Suffolk sired lambs out of Dutch Texel ewes.
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