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Black Beauty does it again

A CRACKING turnout of more than 800 livestock entries plus around 150 trade stands and 20 breed societies ensured a crowd, estimated at 12,500, turned up to the sixth annual Borderway Agri-Expo, held last week at Harrison and Hetherington's Carlisle centre.

Andrew Baillie lifted the overall sheep title with this pair of Beltex lambs
Andrew Baillie lifted the overall sheep title with this pair of Beltex lambs

Welshman, Tecwyn Jones, of Ty Newydd, Nebo, Llanrwst, once again lifted the overall title in the commercial cattle section, this time with his Countryside Live champion from last month, Black Beauty.

Sired by the Shire Apollo and out of a British Blue cross cow, this 16-month-old heifer weighed in at 542kg and first lifted the heifer championship before being tapped out as overall champion by Northern Irish judge, Gareth Corrie, Drumhilla, 13 Crossnamuckley Road, Newtonwards.

And, in a repeat of the final line-up from Countryside Live, it was the bullock champion, No Likey, No Lighty from Michael, Melanie and Charlotte Alford, of Foxhill Farm, Cullompton, Devon, which stood reserve overall to the heifer.

Standing reserve to Black Beauty in the heifer championship was Miss Moneypenny, from Andrew White and Andrew Scarborough, Newland, Goole while reserve steer spot went to Limousin-sired The Outlaw, from James Alexander, Randalstown, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.

First time exhibitors at Agri-Expo, 16-year-old Hannah Donaldson, together with her sister Katrina Donaldson and Dave Hall, took the baby beef championship with That's My Boy, a six-month-old steer by the Limousin sire, Soleil, and out of a British Blue cross dam.

Eight-month-old Limousin-sired Mr B from Callum, Grant and Ollie Bailey of Skelton, Howden, Goole, took the reserve baby beef title.

Lifting the overall title in the sheep section was Lanarkshire based Andrew Baillie, with his winning lambs from the lightweight Beltex class.

The pair of lambs, by Clary Prankster and out of ewes that are part of the 100 pure Beltex ewes at Carstairs Mains, weighed in at 38kg apiece and had previously been picked as Continental/Down champions before being awarded the overall title by Bill McKinnon, Scotbeef's sheep procurement manager.

Standing reserve to Andrew was the reserve champion Continental/Down pair from Joanne and John Hall, who won the overall accolade here two years ago.

See this week's The Scottish Farmer for full results, pictures and reports on the Aberdeen-Angus, Hereford, Beef Shorthorn, British Blue and Simmental calf shows, out November 10.

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