Romany herd takes national herd of the year competition
It was a premier win for JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso and his Romany herd to take the much anticipated national herd of the year title at the Hereford Cattle Society’s annual awards dinner.
Pictured right, from L to R, Master Judge Danny Wyllie, Lucy and Robert Wilson.
Judged by Staffordshire-based Scotsman Danny Wyllie, the Romany herd was praised for its “uniformity, quality and its stock bulls.”
Mr Wyllie congratulated the regional entries for their standard of stock, particularly bulls and commented how tight the competition was between all the regional winners.
In second position in the national herd competition was Northern Ireland regional winner John Conlon, Co. Armagh, followed by the Welsh regional representatives, Aled and Jen Jones, Caersws.
Mr Wyllie added that after the top three herds the remaining five regional winners were all equal fourth, such was the standard across the UK.
Breed secretary David Deakin commented: “It’s reassuring to hear Danny’s positive comments on the eight regional finalists and to hear his views on how much the Hereford breed has improved over recent years. As a sound commercial farmer and well respected inter-breed judge, his comments will resonate across the beef industry.”
Also announced on the night was the bull of the year competition which saw Coley 1 Pilot from Miss H Whittaker receive the top honours. Second place was Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine from Aled and Jen Jones who were also presented with the Hereford female of the year title with Dendor 1 Ruby 29.
Other major awards included:
Sire of the year: Barwise 1 Lancer – JRB Wilson & Sons (owner) and CS Fletcher (breeder)
Show herd of the year: Romany – JRB Wilson & Sons
Poll female of the year: Dendor 1 Ruby 29 – DE, ED & AL Jones
Poll bull of the year: Coley 1 Pilot – H Whittaker
Horned herd of the year: Highhedges – S Cowle
Horned female of the year: Bethanfield Lissette – B Hutchinson
Horned bull of the year: Haven Possum – EL Lewis & son
Hereford female of the year: Dendor 1 Ruby 29 – DE, ED & AL Jones
Hereford bull of the year: Coley 1 Pilot – H Whittaker