It was a memorable one for Andrew Reid of AJR Farms, Ellon, who secured his first inter-breed win at the Royal Highland Show with his six-year-old Charolais bull, Maerdy Morwr, among the beef lines.

Having bred the Charolais champion inter-breed judge, Esmor Evans, Mold, Flintshire, Wales had to call in the umpire, David Leggat, former Executive Chairman of United Auctions, who agreed the Charolais was a well worthy champion.

“He is the best bull here today being a real powerful boy that was good on his legs being very mobile for the size of him. He really is the ideal Charolais bull,” said Mr Evans.

Mr Leggat added: “It was an amazing show and to see the stock brought out to the highest quality after a two-year break. The Charolais was an easy winner in my eyes, the scale of the bull was powerful and his locomotion was fantastic for the size of him.”

The supreme, Maerdy Morwr, stood reserve inter-breed champion here last year at the showcase and inter-breed supreme at the Great Yorkshire last year on his only two outings. This stock bull was purchased privately four years ago from Esmor Evans, for 25,000gns, being a son of Maerdy Dynamite and out of Maerdy Fee.

Mr Evans selected his reserve champion as the Limousin commenting: “He is a real meat machine just not being quite as good on his legs as the Charolais.”

This rising three-year-old bull came in the form of Pabo Procters from the Jenkinson team, Penrith, having been brought out by stockman, Craig Douglas. The team’s stock bull was purchased in October 2020 at Carlisle for 18,000gns from WP Hughes and Sons, Rhosgoch, Anglesey. On his first outing this rising three-year-old bull is a son of International Limousin Congress male champion Derrygullinane Kingbull and his dam, Pabo Jympa, is a daughter of Sympa and full sister of the 13,000gns Pabo Francis.