“Tremendous heifer with great power” takes Westmorland

Date: Friday 15th September 2017
Geoffery Birkbeck, of Soulby, and his champion home-bred three-shear Scotch Blackfaced ewe.
Geoffery Birkbeck, of Soulby, and his champion home-bred three-shear Scotch Blackfaced ewe.

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Rosie and Adam Gargett, of Ruckcroft, near Armathwaite, with their champion Blue Texel gimmer shearling ewe, which won the lowland interbreed championship.
Rosie and Adam Gargett, of Ruckcroft, near Armathwaite, with their champion Blue Texel gimmer shearling ewe, which won the lowland interbreed championship.
Joanne Fisher and her father, Malcolm Hoggarth, of Southwaite, with their reserve champion and champion two-shear coloured Ryland ewes.
Joanne Fisher and her father, Malcolm Hoggarth, of Southwaite, with their reserve champion and champion two-shear coloured Ryland ewes.
Paul Capstick, of Newbiggin-on-Lune, with his champion two-shear Rough Fell tup.
Paul Capstick, of Newbiggin-on-Lune, with his champion two-shear Rough Fell tup.
Bekka Blenkharn, of Ravenstonedale, with David Dent’s champion Shorthorn cow, Winbrook Peeress.
Bekka Blenkharn, of Ravenstonedale, with David Dent’s champion Shorthorn cow, Winbrook Peeress.
Ben Richardson, of Dufton, with his champion Limousin, Mystyle Maitoi, which won the interbreed beef title.
Ben Richardson, of Dufton, with his champion Limousin, Mystyle Maitoi, which won the interbreed beef title.

LIVESTOCK exhibitors from the Eden area enjoyed a highly successful day at the Westmorland county show, taking a number of championships in the cattle and sheep sections, and two of the prestigious interbreed awards.

One of these went to Ben Richardson, of W. Richardson and Son, Ghyll House, Dufton, who won the top honour in the beef breeds section with his champion Limousin, a home-bred heifer called Mystyle Maitoi, which was sired by the bull Ampertaine Elgin. The 16-month-old animal won its class at Dufton show, and was described by Westmorland cattle judge Bob Adams as a “tremendous heifer with great power”. Messrs. Richardson also took the reserve breed championship in an extremely strong Limousin section with a heifer called Graham’s Lilly.

Nicola Chappelhow, of Chappelhow and Morley, Green Croft, Clifton Dykes, took the commercial cattle championship with a 19-month old home-bred heifer called Jessie. The Limousin cross British Blue heifer was reserve champion commercial beast at Cockermouth.

In the dairy cattle section, David Dent, Winton, Kirkby Stephen, took the top Shorthorn award with a four-year-old cow called Winbrook Peeress, which was shown for him by his regular helper Bekka Blenkharn, Ravenstonedale. The home-bred cow was sired by an Australian bull called Llandovery Jenny’s Empire. Bekka said the cow had its second calf on 27th August and was giving 38kg of milk per day, and rising, at 5.59 per cent. butterfat and 3.62 per cent. protein.

Winners of the class for best dairy herd of any size — which was judged on the farm — were Fred, John and Richard Harrison, who trade as F. Harrison & Sons, of Crossrigg Farm, Cliburn. They said they were very pleased that their Holstein herd had been successful at what is, for them, “the county show”.

Competition was intense in the sheep section, with a record entry of nearly 1,100 animals going before the judges. Winners included 14-year-old Adam Gargett, Bon Vista, Ruckcroft, Armathwaite, who claimed the lowland interbreed championship with his home-bred Blue Texel gimmer shearling. Adam said it was sired by the tup Hackney Excel out of a Turbo Blue ewe.

The top award in the fiercely contested Rough Fell section went to Paul Capstick, High Lane, Newbiggin-on-Lune, for his two-shear ram which was bred by Jeff Hunter, Tebay. The tup was reserve champion on its only other show outing of the year, at Ravenstonedale.

Geoff Birkbeck, Castle Hill, Soulby, had the top Scotch Blackfaced sheep, a home-bred three-shear ewe sired by a Penpugh tup. It was making its first show appearance of the year, and was said by the judge to have “nice commercial attributes and a super coat”.

Joanne Fisher and Malcolm Hoggarth, Greenlea, Southwaite, continued their run of good form at the show by taking the championship in the new Coloured Ryeland section with a bought in two-shear ewe being shown for the first time this year. The father and daughter partnership have won several championships at the Westmorland county in previous years, but in the native breeds classes. They also won the reserve championship this year with a gimmer shearling.