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Leicestershire Charolais breeders score hat trick

Charolais enthusiasts, James and Vanessa Webb have collected the Eprinex Pour-On Charolais Herd of the Year award for the third time with entries from their 55 cow Rushfield herd based at Billesdon, Leicester.

BCCS chairman, Jimmy Wilson and his wife, Betty, far right present the Eprinex Pour-On Charolais Herd of the Year award to Vanessa and James Webb, with second left, Rex Ford, herdsman to Don Marshall who won the Female of the Year title.
Eprinex Pour-On Charolais Herd of the Year award

The couple amassed a plethora of tickets on the 2006 show circuit with their six strong show team which featured their senior stock bull Hackleton Victor, who also claimed the Bull of the Year title. In addition, Rushfield’s new stockman, David Oliver was awarded the Stockman of the Year title.

Victor who is a Roundhill Rocky son bred by Northampton based Hackleton Farms, was secured at Carlisle in November 2005 after claiming the day’s male championship. “We picked him out immediately we saw him,” Vanessa explained. “We were impressed by his excellent conformation and fantastic feet and legs.” Victor also caught the judges’ eye at the Newark and Notts and Derby Shows where he creamed off the breed titles, he was in reserve slot at the Great Yorkshire and headed his class at The Royal.

Running neck and neck with Victor throughout the season was Darshams Sacha, the celebrated five year old who had already enjoyed a distinguished show career prior to the Webbs purchasing her for 8,000gns at Darshams dispersal last March. She went on to amass numerous tickets including the interbreed at the Herts County and the breed championship at the Bucks County and found herself in reserve place for the Female of the Year title, below Don Marshall’s (Scropton, Derbyshire) home - bred Cotehouse Violet whose greatest accolades for the season included The Royal female and overall reserve championship, and the Royal Highland female and reserve supreme championship, as well as the Staffordshire breed title.”

“We are pleased to have recaptured this award for the third time and achieved yet another goal for the season,” said Vanessa who together with James clocked up more than 2,000 miles on the 2006 circuit visiting 15 shows. “We’ve been exhibiting pedigree Charolais for the last 12 years and our success has been steadily gaining momentum. While the show ring takes up a lot of our spare time, it really does pay off. In the last 12 months we have virtually sold out of bulls to both the pedigree and commercial sector.”

In reserve place for the Eprinex Pour-On Charolais Herd of the Year Award was Andrew Taylor, with his Brinsley herd based at Brinsley, Nottingham. Andrew was also in reserve slot for the Stockman of the Year award. Third place in the herd section went to Inverlochy owned by father and son team, John and Raymond Irvine, Ballindalloch, Banffshire. Raymond was in the same position for the stockman award.

Merial’s Brian Rice commented: “James and Vanessa couldn’t be more deserving of this, their third Eprinex Pour-On Award. There was tough competition in this year’s entries, however it’s clear that the Webbs have identified exactly what the judges want from a Charolais and are absolutely consistent in producing quality, well-bred animals time after time. By securing Stockman of the Year too with David Oliver, it’s evident that they have made commitment to detail and good animal husbandry part of the ethos of Rushfield.”

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