Griffiths family on top at Royal Welsh Winter Fair
This year saw the Ferryside-based Griffiths family’s best result yet at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, going home with both champion and reserve in the pedigree Hereford championship, judged by Arwyn Morgan, Builth Wells and Chris Stubbs, Northwich.
For the third consecutive year, Griffiths-bred steers have stood in the top three at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, but this is the most successful trip to Builth yet for the family.
Taking the top spot was Penrhiwgoch BM Progress 277, a May 2017-born steer. It is from Border Mortlake M8’s first calf crop and was purchased from Stan Quan’s Herefordshire-based herd in a private sale. The steer is out of Penrhiwgoch Eloquent Spark which owner Paul Griffiths described as ‘one of those cows which just work hard’.
The champion steer attracted bids to £1,489.20 (£2.19/kg) at Tuesday afternoon’s sale, and sold to D. Davies, Aberystwyth.
The reserve, an April 2017-born steer from the same home and also by Border Mortlake M8, was out of Penrhiwgoch 1 Acheiver Orange 121, an L1 American female with Bosa breeding. This animal sold for £1,347.84 (£2.08/kg) to RGB Webster and sons, Rhyl.
William and Elen Griffiths showed the two animals and were presented with their prize cards by the Countess of Wessex, along with other exhibitors in Monday afternoon’s steer class.
On his first time in a cattle showring, Alun Richards, Pumpsaint took first place in the pedigree Hereford heifer class with Celynen 1 Floppy, an October 2016-born home-bred female. Sired by Thorneysure 1 Kasper, purchased privately from Mike Shaw, it is out of Blackwell 1 Floppy which was bought as an in-calf heifer. The heifer realised the highest price in the Hereford section, selling at £2,100 (£3.70/kg) to P. Parffit, Neath.
He also took second place heifer with Celynen 1 Jill, again by Thorneysure 1 Kasper, which sold at £1,301.90 (£2.35/kg) to L. Williams, Macynlleth. Alun has enjoyed previous successes at Builth Wells, taking the sheep interbreed title at the 2017 summer show with a Beulah Speckled Face ewe.
Celynen 1 Floppy from Alun Richards, Pumpsaint
Sophie Harvey made the journey from Glasgow worthwhile as she shone in the interbreed young handlers’ section, taking the champion title which was judged by Tonyrefail-based commercial cattle and British Blue breeder Rhys Millichap, Tonyrefail.
David Deakin, breed secretary said: “The Hereford breed stand was busy throughout the course of the show and the Society was very pleased to meet up with Dunbia’s Kenny Linton and two representatives from the Co-op, Oliva Nicholson and Sioned Davies. The stand was well-received by visitors and our thanks must go to the Jones family of Dendor Herefords for supplying two tremendous young bulls for display.”
The bulls displayed were Dendor 1 Roscoe P. Coltrane, sired by Bakgard 1 Keno and supreme Hereford champion at last year’s Royal Welsh and Dendor 1 Rising Sun. This bull is by Romany 1 Distiller and out of Dendor 1 Molly 41st which holds a raft of show titles to its name including female of the year 2014.
Champion pedigree Hereford - Messrs Griffiths, Penrhiwgoch BM Progress 277
Reserve pedigree Hereford - Messrs Griffiths, Penrhiwgoch BM Progress 238
Pedigree Hereford heifer
1- AD Richards, Celynen 1 Floppy
2- AD Richards, Celynen 1 Jill
3- Mr Glenn Pritchard, Daisy
Pedigree Hereford steer
1- Messrs Griffiths, Penrhiwgoch BM Progress 277
2- Messrs Griffiths, Penrhiwgoch 1 BM Progress 238
3- Harvey Brothers, Harveybros 1 Paolo