Cairnsmore Eloise Scarlet, an eight month old heifer calf sired by Vortrekker of Upsall secured the championship honours at the second Beef Shorthorn open calf show staged at Borderway Agri-Expo, Carlisle on Friday 28 October.
Champion calf, Cairnsmore Eloise Scarlet
Bred by Bill and Jane Landers, Newtown Stewart, Wigtownshire, Eloise Scarlet is a member of their 50 cow herd and is out of the Perth 2007 sale leader Elliott Starlet, bought for 2,600gns by the Landers from John Elliott, Kelso. Reserve champion went to eight and a half month old Pode Hole Gypsy Estelle by the three times interbreed champion, Trojan of Craigeassie from Harry Horrell, Thorney, Peterborough.
Judge and Beef Shorthorn breeder, Andy Ryder commented: “The champion was full of style and had very good mobility. She was an outstanding heifer calf that really stood out against a tremendous entry of calves. It was a fantastic display of the future stars of the breed and I was honoured to be judging such an entry.”
Winner of the young handlers championship was 16 year old Sophie Harvey, Glasgow who helps Richard Rettie from time to time on the show and sale circuit. “I came along to Agri-Expo to help Richard Rettie with his Beef Shorthorns and I was delighted to win the young handler championship, it definitely wasn’t expected,” she said. This was Sophie’s second win at Agri-Expo, having topped an under-16s class there in 2009. The runner-up was Eiladh Ramsay, Mauchline, Ayrshire of the Millerston herd.
Beef Shorthorn Society secretary Frank Milnes commented: “After a fantastic entry of over 40 calves at the inaugural show last year we were pleased to see an entry to match it this year. The entry was of a very good standard and there was plenty of interest on the day with a packed crowd around the ring throughout the judging. Both our champion calf and champion young handler were excellent winners and in the young handlers section in particular we were delighted to see 10 under-21s take part.”
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