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Agri-Expo – Autumn Calf Show - Normanton’s success mushrooms as “Enoki” takes the Supreme Title!

TD & WT Livesey, Normanton Herefords, Leicestershire took the Supreme Championship for the second time in three years when their Grand Female Champion 14 month old Normanton 1 Enoki 5th P233 (pictured right) took the eye of Welsh Judge Miss Non Thorne from Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. Expertly shown by experienced stockman Colin Soutter, this stylish heifer claimed her first prize of the day by pairing up with stablemate Normanton 1 Jurana 14th  P612  in the Best Pair by the Same Sire before going on to take the Grand Female and Supreme Championships.

“Enoki 5th P233”, who is out of Normanton 1 Enoki J874 and by multiple Inter-breed winning bull Normanton 1 Laertes has a cracking set of Performance Recorded Figures with almost all of the important traits to the right of the midline Breed Average. She has has a Gestation Length in the Top 5%, 400 & 600 Day Weights in the Top 15% and Retail Beef Yield, Eye Muscle Area, Self-Replacing and Terminal Sire Indexes in the Top 10% of the Breed.

Standing Reserve to the Normanton pair in the first class of the day were DRA Fabb, Warboys, Cambridgeshire with two attractive animals by Moeskaer Pacman.

The Reserve Grand Female Championship went to frequent exhibitor Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire with her powerful 12 month old heifer Romany 1 Julia BL P43 (pictured left). She is out of Romany 1 Julia A84 F51 and by Barwise 1 Lancer. In the youngest heifer class it was another Romany animal who was awarded the red rosette, this time, seven month old Romany 1 Mink BL P60 bred by JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders and shown by young Lottie Wilson. She too was sired by “Lancer” and is out of Romany 1 Mink A41.

In the bull classes there was more joy for Miss H Whittaker when she took the Grand Male Championship with 10 month old Coley 1 Pilot (pictured below right). This well balanced bull who has 200 and 600 Day Weights in the top 10% for the Breed, is out of Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 and by Coley 1 Maverick, went on to be judged Reserve Supreme Champion.

The Reserve Grand Male Championship went to Moralee 1 Punchdrunk (pictured below left) from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland, breeder’s of last year’s Grand Male & Supreme Champion. Seven month old “Punchdrunk” is out of the Romany 1 Mink bloodline, on this occasion, out of Romany 1 Mink D1 L24 and by SMH King Size 87K.

In the last class of the day, it was the oldest bull in the show, 14 month old Fabb 1 Peter Pan who was awarded first place, justifying the long trip up from Cambridgeshire for the Fabb team. This strapping bull is out of Hartshorne 1 Popinjay 21st and by Square-D Tortuga 953T.

Before selecting her Supreme and Reserve Supreme Champions, Judge Non Thorne described her Grand Female as a heifer who “oused femininity, with a great top line and spring of rib, a female with good locomotion that will make a great cow on day.” In describing her Grand Male Champion, Non commented, “he is a great representative of the Breed, looks wonderful for his age and is a young bull with great thickness, depth of body and like my Female Champion has good locomotion.”

Completing a long day in the showring Miss Thorne was asked to Judge the Young Handler Competition, which was split into two classes, Under 15 years and 16 to 21 Years of Age.

In the Junior section, Miss Lottie Wilson, Romany Herefords triumphed in first place with Kaite Wason, Saltire Herefords in Reserve.

In the Senior section, is was Marcus Murdock, Fabb Herefords who came out on top with the experienced Beth Harvey in second place.