Despite some decidedly dreich, damp weather, it was fantastic day for Jimmy and Vikki Wood when their Simmental champion went on to win the beef inter-breed championship at the Great Yorkshire.

Securing a first supreme beef title at the Harrogate event for the couple from Preston, was the top show cow, Popes Princess Cleo, a home-bred six-year-old daughter of Banwy Wonderboy, shown with May-born heifer calf at foot.

Inter-breed judge, Jimmy McMillan, Brechin, was most impressed by this cow which made up part of the winning inter-breed pairs here last year and at the Royal Welsh.

"She was easy winner as soon as she came into the ring. The Simmental has a big powerful head, with a good level top line and depth throughout. She can also walk with a leg in each corner, but most of all - she has that all important touch of class," he said.

His choice of reserve overall was the lead Limousin, Foxhillfarm Lordoftherings, a 26-month-old bull from Mike and Melanie Alford, Devon, which scooped the breed championship ahead of his herdmate Foxhillfarm Mamamia - the inter-breed beef winner at the Highland.

Lordoftherings was sold at Carlisle in October for 35,000gns and is owned in partnership with Danny Swarij.

For full report and pictures see this week's Scottish Farmer.