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Alford show team crowned champions at National Pedigree Calf Show

Inaugural Cogent-supported National Pedigree Calf Show success.

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Alford family’s National Pedigree Calf Show Inter-breed champion the pure-bred Limousin junior bull Foxhill Farm Just the Job sired by Loosebeare Fantastic

The Alford family from Foxhill Farm, Cullompton, Devon enjoyed spectacular success at the inaugural National Pedigree Calf Show (NPCS) on Nov 15/16 taking the Inter-breed Champion’s title with its pure-bred Limousin junior bull Foxhill Farm Just the Job to collect £1000 prize money from sponsor Cogent Breeding Ltd.

Foxhill Farm Just the Job was bred by the Alfords and born in January this year having been sired by Loosebeare Fantastic and out of the pedigree cow Bankdale Alice.

Inter-breed judge James Little – a pedigree auctioneer based at Carlisle – said of his winner: “I was asked before the event what I would be looking for and this young bull has it all – show-ring presence, class and a style that the modern beef market is looking for.”

national pedigree calf show res champ

National Pedigree Calf Show Reserve Champion the pure bred Charolais senior heifer Graig Goch Imogen from G Jones of Conwy, North Wales

Into Reserve Champion’s placing went the Charolais senior heifer Graig Goch Imogen from the Jones family of Conwy, North Wales. This September 2013-born female bred by the exhibitor was sired by Burradon Talisman and out of Thrunton Starband. It collected £500 prize money from sponsor Cogent Breeding Ltd.

The calf show, held as part of the national English Winter Fair livestock showcase at Staffs County Showground, was opened officially by Meurig Raymond, president of the National Farmers Union on the Saturday afternoon.

Individual breed classes judged in front of ringsides that remained crowded throughout Saturday afternoon each put forward a Champion and Reserve for Sunday’s Inter-breed final. Going forward were:

British Blue Cattle Society-supported classes for British Blue – Champion entry K Watret’s Serum D’Anloy-sired senior heifer calf Solway View Irresistible (Reserve Champion K Watret’s Solway View Firecracker-sired Junior bull calf Solway View Jackpot).

Norbrook Laboratories-supported classes for Charolais – Champion entry G Jones’ Burradon Talisman-sired senior heifer calf Graig Goch Imogene (Reserve Champion Boden & Davies’ Barnsford Ferny-sired senior bull calf Sportsmans Influence).

Norbrook Laboratories-supported classes for Limousin – Champion entry Alford Show Team’s Loosebeare Fantastic-sired junior bull calf Foxhill Farm Just The Job (Reserve Champion Alford Show Team’s Loosebeare Fantastic-sired junior heifer calf Foxhill Farm Just The One).

British Simmental Society-supported classes for Simmental – Champion entry G T Van Der Gucht’s Penwern Amber-sired junior heifer calf Deerhurst Fern (Reserve Champion Boddington Estate’s senior heifer calf Ellie).

Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc-supported classes for Any Other Native – Champion entry J & A Price’s Te Mania Berkley-sired senior Aberdeen Angus heifer calf Oakchurch Delia (Reserve Champion TD & WT Livesey’s Romany 1 Distiller-sired senior Hereford bull calf Normanton 1 Laertes).

Immediately after the Inter-breed championship was announced on Sunday NPCS co-ordinator Boomer Birch of genetics supplier Cogent was delighted at the show’s success . “It’s been absolutely fantastic; couldn’t have gone any better,” he said.

The ringside has been crowded from start to finish. The exhibitors have brought us excellent genetics to show, the judges have been thorough, and the crowd supportive throughout the competition. A tremendous event; I’m grateful to everyone involved.”


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