Reduced numbers were forward for the South Devon Performance championships at Beef Expo due to a large number of herds hit with BVD.

It was nevertheless a day to remember for Northumberland-based Robert and Sally Lee, Lumbylaw, when their rising two-year-old bull, Lumbylaw Quintus 8, secured the overall. Their home-bred bull was on his first outing and is a son of the private purchase, Colcharton Brutus and out of Lumbylaw Snowdrop. The couple is set to retire this year and are staging a herd dispersal in July at Exeter following 50 years breeding.

Judge, Mar Thomas, Treguddick, Cornwall, found his reserve in the two-year-old female champion, Enterprise Juin from Scottish breeder, David Irving, Thornhill, Dumfries. She is a daughter of Aurora Storm and out of the dam, Enterprise Jenna VG85, which is backed by home-bred genetics being sired by Enterprise Condor.

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LEADING awards

Heifers born in 2020 – 1, KV and MA Plain’s Foxhole Clover, by Trewint Churchill; 2 and female champion, DL Irving’s Enterprise Juin, by Aurora Storm; 3, CJ Page’s Coton Kitty, by Langham’s Herman.

Heifers born in 2021 – 1, CJ Page’s Coton Gladys, by Langham’s Herman; 2, DL Irving’s Enterprise Jakira, by Arncliffee Piper.

Bulls born in 2020 – 1 and overall champion, AR Lee’s Lumbylaw Quintus 8, by Colcharton Brutus; 2, AR Lee’s Lumbylaw Quintus 14.

Bulls born in 2021 – 1, CJ Page’s Coton Herman, by Langham’s Herman; 2, Ingleby Farms’ Arncliffee Tiberius, by Welland Valley Majestic; 3, Ingleby Farms’ Arncliffe Tamworth, by Woodbastwick Marvel.