It was an male do among the British Charolais, with bulls claiming both the champion and reserve honours.

Taking that all important top ticket was the four-year-old, Seawell Olympian from first time Harrogate exhibitor, Peter Donger, Towcester. His home-bred bull from the Seawell herd which runs alongside one of the biggest enterprises of Salers in Europe, totalling 1000 head of cattle, was brought out by farm manager, Neil Brown and stockman Richard Davis.

Their Charolais, which was on his second outing after winning at the Three Counties Show, is a son of Maerdy Jumbuck, and out of Seawell IMA which again goes back to Maerdy breeding being a daughter of Maerdy Banksia.

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Judge Steven Nesbitt, Darlington, who was selecting the top winners at the show which was forming part of the World Congress to celebrate 60 years in the UK, found his reserve in another big bull, Maerdy Morwr, the six-year-old from AJR Farms, Aberdeenshire, brought out by farm manager, Andrew Reid.

Inter-breed champion at the Royal Highland Show last month, and here in 2021, Morwr was purchased privately four years ago from Esmor Evans, for 25,000gns. He is by Maerdy Dynamite and out of Maerdy Fee.

The supreme female and reserve breed champion from the Royal Highland secured the female championship for Cumbria-based, Thor Atkinson. This was March 2020-born heifer, Tophill Roxanne brought out by stockman, Steven O’Kane. She was purchased from Andrew Stott, at Stirling Bull Sales, for 4500gns and is a daughter of Hackleton Largerlout and out of Hackleton Hetty, a Mulroog Alpine daughter.

Aberdeenshire was back in the tickets when Harestone Royallady from the Barclay family, Banchory, secured the reserve female title. Maerdy breeding is also behind this November 2020 born entry which is a daughter of Maerdy Newman out of Harestone Julie.