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Beefbox on top at Royal Welsh Winter Fair


After taking the native-bred and Hereford championships, Beefbox, jointly owned by Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, Northumberland and Steven O’Kane and Helen Morgan, Adfa, Powys stood champion native at the 30th anniversary Royal Welsh Winter Fair. It went on to sell for £2.75 per kilo to William Lloyd Williams and son of Dovey Valley District Meats, Machynlleth, Powys.

By the UK Hereford sire of the year SMH Kingsize 87K, this 14 month old steer is out of Pinmoor 1 Gem, which was purchased privately in 2011 as one of Moralee Herefords’ foundation females.

Beefbox also took the commercial Hereford class at Agri Expo this autumn and reserve pure-bred Hereford champion at the English Winter Fair.

Reserve Hereford champion and the highest placed heifer at the show was Normanton 1 Ink Cap 14th R264 from TD and WT Livesey, Normanton-le-Heath, Leicestershire. Born in November 2017, this female is by the notorious Normanton 1 Laertes and out of Normanton 1 Ink Cap 8th J107.

Reserve in the steers was Penrhiwgoch 1BM Progress 32 from last year’s steer champion exhibitors, Messrs Griffiths from Broadlay, Carmarthenshire.It is by Border Mortlake M8 which sired last year’s steer champion, purchased from Stan Quan’s Herefordshire-based herd in a private sale. It is out of Penrhiwgoch 1 Kinetic Orange 151 and was snapped up in the Tuesday sale at £2.22/kg by Webster and sons, Kinmel Bay, Denbighshire.

Reserve in the heifers was Celynen 1 Harmony 3rd from Alun Richards, Pumpsaint, Carmarthenshire, who took the heifer championship on his Winter Fair cattle ring debut last year. Born in June 2017, it is by Thornysure 1 Kasper, which sired last year’s heifer champion and is out of Blackwell 1 Hermione. This animal went on to be purchased by P Parfitt, Onllwyn, Glamorgan for £3.20/kg.