The 13th year of Agri-Expo was one to remember for Welsh breeder, John Williams, when he secured his first overall championship from more than 240 battling it out across the 23 classes.

With five breed society shows, it proved to be a busy day all round at the Borderway event, which also attracted many spectators keeping the numerous trade stands busy amongst the cattle pens.

The commercial judging in the main show hall saw Wilson Peters, Cuilt, Monzie, Crieff, Perthshire, judging the suckled calf and cattle classes: "It was a tremendous show with a serious line up of heifers, they were full of meat, strong character and paraded well," he said.

"However, my champion was modernly shaped, well fleshed and showing plenty depth and length – she is a well balanced beast and has great potential."

A home-bred 19-month-old heifer from Mr Williams' 20-cow herd from Tynllyn, Trawsfynydd, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, was given the winning slap from Mr Peters.

His One and Only is a daughter of the AI sire, Waindale UFO, and bred from a Huntershall Philip-sired pedigree Limousin cow, and has secured eight local championships this summer as well as overall champion at Beef Expo earlier this year at Kendal, plus commercial champion at the Royal Welsh.

John has exhibited in Carlisle for three years, with this being his first championship. "This means everything. It is such a big event to win and I am chuffed to win with a home-bred animal," said Mr Williams.

From a strong heifer section, it was the reserve heifer that went on to take overall reserve title for Phil and Sharon Sellers, Thorpe Tilney, Lincoln. The February, 2018-born Limousin cross, Orihana, is a daughter of Hafodlas Domino and out of the Limousin cow, Brockhurst Lucy. Orihana has been shown throughout the summer and secured numerous local championships and reserves. She was bred by Doug Mash, Torrington, Chesham, Buckinghamshire.

Show enthusiasts, Blair Duffton and Rebecca Stuart, Bogie Street, Huntly, Aberdeen, went one further than last year's reserve when they went on to take the top honours amongst the steers with their 16-month-old Limousin cross, Dirty Dancer.

He is bred by Emily Jones, Coedmore Lodge, Cellan, Lampeter, Ceredigion, and was purchased in Brecon at the February sale for £1400. Dirty Dancer is a a son of Swarland Larry, out of a Limousin cross cow and has taken nine first prize tickets this summer, including one at the Royal Highland.

Just behind and lifting the reserve steer championship was Keltic Storm, from Alastair and Liz Vance, Bridgehouse, Whithorn, Newton Stewart. This 17-month-old was purchased in February at Barnard Castle from JW Dent and Son, Naby View, Barnard Castle, Co Durham. Keltic Storm is sired by Naby Jaguar, out of a Limousin cross dam and took steer champion at the Great Yorkshire this year as well as numerous wins at local shows. He is now set for both LiveScot in Lanark and the Welsh Winter Fair.


Steers – Native – 1, J Paterson and Son's Hughie G (Gall); 2, JM and SM Priestley's Duke (Gall); 3, Moralee and Keadyview's Beef Box (Hfd).

Cont steers (split by weight, lightest first) – Class 1 – 1, R Reid's Duncan, Char X; 2, A Ewing's Capaldi, Lim X; 3, JM and SM Priestley's Ronaldo, Lim X. Class 2 – 1, H Dunlop's Bobbi-Brown, Lim X; 2, N Chappelhow and M Morley's Red Dynamite, Lim X; 3, H Donaldson's Haribo, Lim X. Class 3 – 1, B Duffton and R Stuart's Dirty Dancer, Lim X; 2, L Calcraft's Shamrock, Lim X; 3, LT and SE Sellers' Yogi Bear, Lim X. Class 4 –1, A and E Vance's Keltic Storm, Lim X; 2, I Miller's The Orcadian, Lim X; 3, L Calcraft's Game Changer, Lim X. Class 5 – 1, A MacGregor's Norseman, Lim X; 2, RD Anderson's Mr Ed, Lim; 3, A and E Vance, Doodle Bug, Lim X. Class 6 – 1, D Thomas' Tommy, Lim; 2, H Dunlop's Jo-Malone, Char X; 3, Mudd and Bentley's Blue Boy, BB X. YFC steers – 1, H Donaldson's Haribo, Lim X; 2, L Allan's Game Changer, Lim X; 3, Newton Rigg College's Dumbledore, BB X. Char – 1, R Reid's Duncan; 2, H Dunlop's Jo-Malone; 3, Renton and Reddon's Gentleman Jack.

Heifers – Native – 1, N Slack's Maggie Brontemoor, A-A X; 2, S Priestley and R Garth's Brontemoor Olive (Gall). Cont (split by weight, lightest first) – Class 1 – 1, A Ewing's Ginger Spice, Lim X; 2, H Donaldson's Mini, Lim X; 3, D and T Charlton's Marmite, Lim X. Class 2 – 1, IT Edwards' Miss Hinch, Lim X; 2, L Calcraft's Woah Lassie, Lim X; 3, D Morrison's Evie, Lim X. Class 3 – 1, MacPherson and Currie's Rock The Boat, Char X; 2, P and B Robson's Foxey, Lim X; 3, G Rowlands and M Francis, Cadi, BB X. Class 4 – 1, Small and Duffton's Maverick, BB X; 2, L Calcraft, Who Dares Gins, Lim X; 3, J Nisbet's Just A Flirt, Lim X. Class 5 – 1, Wilkinson and Marwood's Rizzo, Lim X; 2, Edwards Brothers' Blackwater Oasis, Lim; 3, J Hyslop, Hightown Odyssey, Lim. Class 6 – 1, J Hyslop's Queen of Hearts, Lim X; 2, M and R Barker's Bucks Fizz, Lim X; 3, JL Marks' Bella, Lim X. Class 7 – 1, A Roberts' Spice Girl, Lim X; 2, J and S Wareham, It's A Stick Up, Lim X; 3, N Slack's Sparks, BB X. Class 8 – 1, J Williams' One and Only, Lim; 2, LT and SE Sellers' Orihana, Lim; 3, B Duffton B and R Stuart's Cinnamon, Lim X. Class 9 – 1, T Jones' Tequila, Lim X; 2, B Duffton and R Stuart's I'll Be There; 3, HS and Everatt, Msasa, Lim X. Class 10 – 1, S and L Bett's Queen Bee, Lim X; 2, G Scott's Clootie Miss Tootie; 3, Renton and Reddon's Havana, Lim X. YFC – Class 1 – 1, IJ Phillips' Ottie, Lim; 2, Fawcett and Wagstaff's Ruby, Lim X; 3, TE and FM Edwards' Miss Hinch, Lim X. Class 2 – 1, I and N Grainger's Montana, Lim X; 2, E Hunter's Lucky Star, BB X; 3, M Bentley's Too Hot To Handle, BB X. Char – 1, Macpherson and Currie's Rock The Boat, Char X; 2, G Rowlands and M Francis' Cariad, BB X; 3, T and I Ponsonby's Frostbite, Char X.