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Royal Welsh Show 2022 – Beef Shorthorn takes Reserve Inter-breed Championship

It wasn’t just the sun that was shining at a sun-drenched Royal Welsh Show, so too did Highsky Erin’s Enchantment, as this young heifer claimed a prestigious Reserve Inter-breed Championship under the watchful eye of experienced judge Rachel Wyllie.  

Bred by Millie Hendy and Boomer Birch, Erin’s Enchantment also took the Native Junior Inter-breed Heifer Championship, on what proved to be a successful show for the Beef Shorthorn breed. This 17-month-old heifer is all Irish breeding, out of Caramba Erin’s Kiss and by prolific sire Carrarock Chalkie IE.

Her successes vindicated the decision to make her Breed Champion by judge Andrew Barrett of Glenariff Beef Shorthorns based in South Wootton, Norfolk. Andrew commented his champion was a worthy winner, ‘perfectly combining power and femininity with a great top line.’   

Taking the Reserve Breed Championship was another female in the form of Castlemount Matrix Strawberry 3 bred by well known Northern Irish breeders McDowell & McKeon, she was exhibited by Messrs Evans and Price of Llanilar, Aberystwyth. Five-year-old Matrix Strawberry 3, exhibited with her fourth calf at foot, is out of Castlemount Neptune Zabrina and by Elliot Matrix. She has a great set of performance recorded figures with her 200, 400 and 600 day weights in the top 10% of the breed, along with a carcase weight and retail beef yield also in the top 10% and a terminal sire index in the top 15%.

To complete the female section, in the class female born on or between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020, it was the aptly named Elliot Pure Class who came to the fore. This beautifully marked 27-month-old heifer, who has a good range of performance recorded figures, is out of Elliot Royal Flush and sired by Elliot Pure Surprise.

To complete a successful day for Baird, Edwards and Timbrell they also went on to win the Best Group of Three animals owned by the same Exhibitor.

In the first class of the day, Dunsyre Horatio owned and exhibited by Mr T Allan Jackson of Headlind Partners based in Lanark came out on top. This powerfully built eight-year-old bull is out of homebred female Dunsyre Lily 16th and by Langalbuinoch Barney. Justifying the long trip south from Scotland, Horatio went to claim the Reserve Male Championship. Standing runner up to Headlind Horatio in his class was Caramba Poser from Tommy Staunton from County Galway, Republic of Ireland. Poser went on to take the Reserve Junior Male Championship.

In the class bull born on or after 1 January 2021, it was another Headlind Partners exhibit which took the red ticket, this time it was homebred Headlind Rokaku which caught the judge’s eye. This well put together 18-month-old young bull is out of Headlind Flossy Lotty and by Burnside Elite. There was no stopping Rokaku as he went on to take both the Junior and Grand Male Championships, in what proved to be a one-two for the Headlind stable in the male classes.

Clive Brown, Operations Manager, would like to go record in thanking the breed’s class sponsors Event Eateries Ltd. He also commented on how well the cattle paraded under such extreme heat, due to record breaking temperatures, which he added, was testament to the exhibitors superb stockmanship.