Brother and sister duo, Luke and Beth Wilkinson, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, had a field day at that National Beef Cattle show winning the supreme title with their March 2021-born home-bred Limousin cross heifer, Maggie.

Baby beef champion at the English Winter Fair last year, this 576kg heifer by Trueman Idol is out of a previous show cow that stood reserve at the Great Yorkshire as a heifer. She is now destined for the Great Yorkshire Show at Harrogate.

"It feels amazing to win it. It's our first big win here and it is even more special when it is one of our own," said Beth.

Judge, Dafydd Lewis, Pentwyn, Wales, commented: "As soon as I saw her, I knew she was my choice of champion. There is only one thing wrong with her – she isn't mine!"

Following her all day, having been placed second in the same class, was Stewart and Lynsey Bett's Sexy Spice from Stirling, this yearling heifer crossed the scales at 544kg.

Sexy Spice was bought privately at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair last year from her breeder, Llyr Hughes of Pabo Limousins. A daughter of the top breeding sire, Pabo Oldspice, she is out of a Limousin cross Blue female and stood supreme at the Aberdeen Spring Show, Thainstone, in March, as well as champions of champions at Ayr Show, last month.

"They are two excellent heifers with very little between them," added Mr Lewis.

Among the steers, it was the British Blue cross, Black Magic, from first time exhibitor, David Leedham, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, that stood out from the rest. This March 2021-born entry was bought out of Darlington from Keith Stones and family, North Yorkshire, and weighed in at 436kg. Black Magic is now destined for Stafford, the Royal Welsh and other local shows this summer.

Cumbria-based Richard and Sarah Priestley, Cracrop, Kirkcambeck, produced the reserve steer in a home-bred Limousin cross. Their 638kg, 15-month-old entry, Captain Tom is another by Trueman Idol, out of one of 120 cows in the herd. Reserve overall champion at the Extravaganza at Skipton last month, Captain Tom is now destined for Northumberland, Great Yorkshire and the anniversary show at Carlisle, later this year.

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Baby Guiness landed the top winnings in the baby beef section for Cia and Dion Edwards, who run 80 cows back in Corwen, Denbighshire. No strangers to limelight, the Welsh duo previously stood supreme here in 2015 won the baby beef honours in 2013. Their 385kg home-bred Limousin cross heifer is by Brickhill Luca, and out of a British Blue cow. She is bound for the Royal Welsh.

Andrew Ewing's yearling heifer, Penny, from Annan, Dumfries, was tapped out as reserve baby beef. Second in her class to the champion, this 415kg Limousin cross heifer on her first outing is now set to tackle the Royal Highland Show. She was bought at Carlisle in March from P and A Jarman, Cumbria, and is a daughter of Hunters Hall Odyssey.

The highly contested young handler's competition was won by Amy Vance (14), Whithorn, Newton Stewart.

LEADING awards

Native steer or heifer – 1, Messrs O'Kane and Rowlands' Minnie; 2, Keadyview Livestock's Spot; 3, Messrs O'Kane and Rowlands' Freckle Kicks.

British Blue steer – 1 and steer champion, DM Leedham's Black Magic; 2, Messrs Mudd and Bentley's Blue Mojito; 3, HS and M Everatt's Reggie.

Limousin steer – Lightweight – 1, JM and SM Rowlands' Mr Bond; 2, A Ewing's Jacko; 3, G Rowlands and M Francis' Josh.

Heavyweight – 1 and reserve steer, JM and SM Priestley's Captain Tom; 2, A and E Vance's Hoopla; 3, S Graham's Tiddly Winks.

Baby beef – Steer – 1, GH and AH Roberts' Custard Cream; 2, GW Amos' Tiny Dancer.

Heifer – Lightweight – 1, A Wilson's She's A Belter; 2, E Roberts' Oh My God; 3, WP Hughes and Son's Hot Spice.

Heavyweight – 1 and baby beef champion, Edwards Brothers' Baby Guiness; 2 and reserve, A Ewing's Penny; 3, B and L Wilkinson's Ivyfarm Sienna.

Any other breed – 1, Messrs Mudd ad Bentley's Champagne To Go.

British Blue heifer – Lightweight – 1, A Wilson's Black Magic; 2, JL Marks' Liqourice; 3, RD Anderson's Dorrie.

Heavyweight – 1,SA and BE Williams' Black Beauty; 2, N Slack's TikTok; 3, W A Peters' Ava' Butt.

Limousin heifers – Super lightweight – 1, J Hyslop's Brownie; 2, S and L Bett's Happy Ending; 3, G Rowlands and M Francis' Kayla.

Lightweight – 1, D Hall's Shakira; 2, B and L Wilkinson's Hightown Sarah; 3, A Ewing's Lottie.

Heavyweight – 1 heifer champion and overall champion, B and L Wilkinson's Maggie; 2 and reserve heifer and reserve overall, S and L Bett's Sexy Spice; 3, TA and LC Lyon and Son's Sparkle.

Super heavyweight – 1, Messrs Dufton, Small and Wilkinson's Black Magic; 2, Edwards Brothers' Westpit Revolution; 3, JM and SM Rowlands' Something Special.

Young handlers – Junior – 1 and champion, Amy Vance (14); 2, Elizabeth Haughan (14); 3, Matthew Bentley (14).

Senior – 1 and reserve, Orlena Henderson (17); 2, Rachael Graham (18); 3, Harry Asquith (17).