Masseys’ heifer stands supreme at National Calf Show
Hollyvale 1 Gracious 3rd
Hollyvale 1 Gracious 3rd from Allen and Philip Massey, Bury, Lancashire took the plaudits at the National Hereford Calf Show, hosted by the North of the England and Scottish Hereford Breeders’ Associations at Agri Expo, Carlisle winning supreme, grand female and junior female champion on their first time exhibiting at the event.
Making the journey across the Irish Sea to sort the line-ups was James Graham of the Richmount herd who described Agri Expo as a ‘fantastic show’, allowing the breed to capture its target audience of commercial producers at the ringside.
This was Masseys’ seven month old heifer calf’s first time from home where it is still suckling its dam Hollyvale 1 Gracious. It is a Dendor 1 Leroy daughter which was purchased in a private deal from the Caersws-based Jones family four years ago. This bull was also responsible for Hollyvale 1 June 3rd which won breed champion at Shropshire County and Westmorland earlier this year.
James said it ‘all came down to correctness’ when deciding on his champion, adding he didn’t want anything that was ‘over conditioned’. He described his supreme champion as a ‘nice and correct novice little heifer’.
Reserve supreme, grand male and senior male champion was September 2018-born bull calf Normanton 1 Sydney from Tim and Will Livesey, Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire. Sired by the 2016 Royal Highland and Royal Welsh interbreed champion Normanton 1 Laertes, it was out of Llancillo Hall Bertha 7th.
James said this young bull ‘moved freely on its legs’ and had a ‘well-sprung rib’, being ‘clean on the front shoulders’.
Standing next to Masseys’ heifer in the grand female championship was the March 2019-born Moralee 1 Katy-Perry KS S8, from Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, Northumberland. This young female was sired by SMH Kingsize 87K, the Danish-bred 2019 UK sire of the year which has been so influential across the Harrisons’ 2019 show team. It is out of Richmount 1 Katie-Perry, bred by the judge.
Coley 1 Sebastian from Heather Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire was tapped out as reserve grand male champion, with farm manager Andrew Hughes on the halter. Born in October 2018, it is by the Danish sire Rosenkaer Messi 410M and out of Coley 1 Pippa 355.
Moralee 1 Katy-Perry KS S8 Coley 1 Sebastian
Moralee 1 Mink KR S4 from Tom and Di Harrison was named senior female champion. It is by Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider, bred by Harry Elliott, Cowshill, Durham, which itself is by the Candian-bred Spurstow 1 Victor. This 12 month old heifer is out of Moralee 1 Mink 2nd.
Continuing George and Sophie Harvey’s successful year and standing reserve senior female champion was Harveybros 1 Crocus S2, which carries three quarters of the same breeding as Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose, sharing the sire Normanton 1 Laertes and maternal grand dam.
Relative newcomers to the breed, Steven and Lizzie Walker, Hoghton, Lancashire went to the fore in the junior male championship with Hoghton View 1 Landslide, born February 2019. Out of Dendor 1 Anna Mary 30th, it is by semen from the Danish-bred bull Valma Landslide.
Coley 1 Saturn from Heather Whittaker was the reserve junior male champion. A Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid son, it is out of Kammerherre Iben 1026 M816 which was again imported from Denmark.
In the young handlers, James Anderson, 13, of the Moralee herd took thetop honours, after also winning the junior section and 19 year old Tom Horsley of Ridgeline Herefords won the senior class.
Harveybros 1 Crocus S2 Hoghton View 1 Landslide