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Coley Herefords flying high at the Great Yorkshire Show

Coley 1 Pilot bred and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire took the Breed Championship at the Great Yorkshire Show under the watchful eye of experienced Judge, John McMordie, Solpoll Herefords, County Down. Eighteen month old ‘Pilot’, who is out of Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 and by homebred bull Coley 1 Maverick is a powerfully built bull with a good set of Estimated Breeding Values.

He swept all before him taking the Junior Male, Overall Junior, Grand Male and Breed Championships. Later in the show Coley 1 Pilot took the coveted Overall Inter-breed Junior Championship in what was a very competitive class at a show situated in a strong beef region, with four beef breeds holding their National Shows.

After picking out his Champions, John commented that both his “Breed and Reserve Breed Champions were cattle that he would very much like to take home.”

Standing Reserve to ‘Pilot’ in the male classes was fourteen month old Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62 from JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders. He’s another excellent animal from the Ishbel family bloodline, this time out of Romany 1 Ishbel A84 G53 and by Barwise 1 Lancer. ‘Prime Time BL P62’ has excellent Performance Recorded Figures across the board, including; a 200 and 400 Day Weight, an Eye Muscle Area and Retail Beef Yield all in the Top 1% of the Breed. So too are his Self-Replacing and Terminal Sire Indices.

There was more success for Romany Herefords when they were awarded the Best Pair of Animals by the Same Sire and Best Group of Three Animals - the property of the same Exhibitor.

However, it was the female classes that were the most competitive with two classes being split, due to the large number of heifers entered. Coming out on top was another junior animal, 15 month old Hollyvale 1 Sapphire 2nd from A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire. ‘Sapphire 2nd’, who is out of Mersey Valley 1 Sapphire and by Dendor 1 Leroy, caught the Judges attention as soon as she came into the ring, with John McMordie stating that “she will make a superb breeding animal in the future, she has great femininity, balance, good spring of rib and good locomotion.”

Hollyvale 1 Sapphire took the Junior and Grand Female Championships before being tapped out as his Reserve Breed Champion.

Keeping with the junior animals, John made Pinmoor 1 Pennie from G Hall, Knowsley Park, Prescot his Reserve Junior and Reserve Grand Female Champion. Also 15 months old, She’s out of homebred female Pinmoor 1 Hope and by successful Danish bull SMH King Size 87K.

In the Senior Cow Class there was another red ticket for the 2017 Reserve Female of the Year, Coley 1 Pippa 356 with her calf at foot, from T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland. This stylish cow is out of former Female of the Year, Frenchstone P. 1 Boo and by Australian sire Days Calibre G74.

Other first prize winners in the female classes were Messrs Spooner, Leek, Staffordshire with 28 month old Clipston Pansy V6, out of Clipston Pansy K11 and by Irish bred Moyclare Malcolm.

JRB Wilson followed up their success in the bull classes with a first place, this time with Romany 1 Plum BL P2. Two year ‘Plum BL P2’, who is out Romany 1 Plum A84 E37, is another by successful herd sire Barwise 1 Lancer.

In the class Heifers born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2017, it was young Bethan Hutchinson, Billingham, Cleveland, who came to the fore with Bethanfield Lisette. She’s out of Fourstones Lisette 285 and by Auckvale Monument 1436N.

Last but not least, in the youngest heifer class, it was breed stalwarts, R & RI Shaw, South Wirral, Cheshire, who came on top and with it a £100 first prize ticket – which according to a delighted Ian Shaw was the “first one that they had ever won!” Their 13 month old heifer, Hallwood 1 Careless 7th is out of Hallwood 1 Careless and by show bull Hallwood 1 Knight.

Pictured right is Emmerdale's Eric Pollard, aka Chris Chittell, passing on his congratulations to breeder Heather Whittaker and showman Andrew Hughes with Coley 1 Pilot.