An abundance of Inter-breed successes for the Hereford Breed at the Royal Welsh Show!
Overall Junior Inter-breed Beef Champion Sponsored by Coleg Cambria
Seventeen month old Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine took the Native and then Overall Junior Inter-breed Beef Championships at a highly competitive Royal Welsh Show.
Proceedings were interrupted when Prime Minister Theresa May made a surprise visit into the cattle judging rings. After asking Inter-breed Judge David Jones what he was looking for in a good beef animal and stating that it must be a very difficult job to compare different breeds of high quality, David tapped out his Champion.
‘Moonshine’, who is out of Romany 1 Lucy A84 F26 and by Gouldingpoll 1 Captain, has a good set of Performance Recorded figures - with his 200, 400 & 600 Day Weights and Eye Muscle Area all in the Top 10% for the Breed.
Junior Heifer Inter-breed Championship - Sponsored by Nettex, a division of Rumenco.
The Hereford Grand Female Champion, 16 month old Shraden 1 Alice P809 bred and exhibited by MJ & HM Timmis, Baschurch, Shropshire took the Reserve Native Inter-breed Championship under the watchful eye of Judge Gareth James.
Out of Shraden 1 Alice C198 and by Dendor 1 Knuckleduster, she’s another animal with a good set of EBVs with her 200 Day Wt in the Top 10% and Eye Muscle Area and Retail Beef Yield in the Top 5% for the Breed.
Fitzhugh Championship – Inter-breed Best Pair of Beef Animals – Sponsored by HSBC
Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine and stablemate Dendor 1 Ruby 29th paired up to compete in the prestigious Fitzhugh Championship – and what a great pair they were – taking the Overall Championship in front of thousands of onlookers around the ring. ‘Ruby 29th’ is another top female out of the Ruby bloodline this time out of Dendor 1 Ruby 17th and is by current Hereford Sire of the Year, Solpoll 1 Gilbert. Inter-breed Judge David Jones, stated “as a former Hereford breeder, I was reluctant to give to the Hereford because of my connection with the breed - but I had no choice - they were a so well matched pair, correct in every way, a great credit to the breed.”
Marks & Spencer Native Inter-breed Group of Three
Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine and Dendor 1 Ruby 29th then teamed up with 21 month old Glenvale 1 Polly 617 from TG, EI & EN Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire to take the Reserve Native Inter-breed Group of Three. ‘Polly 617’ is out of Glenvale 1 Polly 387 and by Dendor 1 Ledley.
The Native Group of Three is one of the breed’s favourite competitions having had many successes over recent years. Judge Richard Rettie commented afterwards that the animals were “a credit to the breed and only just missed out on the top spot.”
Marks & Spencer Young Cattle Handlers Inter-breed Beef Competition
Iona Smith originally from Scotland but now based in Northumberland was judged the Best Overall Young Handler after first winning the Senior section 16-19 years of age. Iona, a protégé of UK Hereford Youth and competing for the first time at the Royal Welsh, caught the eye of Judge Carol Rettie from the moment she stepped into the ring – Carol was impressed with her “calm control, attention to detail and knowledge of the animal.” Iona commented afterwards that she was delighted to have won such a prestigious competition, given the calibre of her fellow competitors and the history of the show.
Best Inter-breed Beef Breed Display
Tom & Diane Harrison, Moralee Herefords, Stocksfield, Northumberland, first time exhibitors at the Royal Welsh Show were awarded third place in the Best Breed Display in the Cattle Lines. The Judge commented that the new Moralee branding was strong, clean, crisp and unmistakable. He was also impressed that the Moralee brand ran throughout, from clothing to show box and from banners to leaflets. Well done Tom & Di!