Monday 12 December 2022

Holmefold 1 Rocco from Maddy Scott, Tower View, Lancashire strode into the supreme champion position at the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association Christmas Calf Show held at Shrewsbury Auction Centre.

At 25 years of age, Maddy has just six cows including Rocco’s dam Hoghton View 1 Chico 1st bred by S and E Walker from the Chico line at Baldinnie Herefords. Born in March 2022, it is by Hoghton View 1 Kid Rock, which is a Dendor 1 Kohinoor son.

Holmefold 1 Rocco

Judging the line-ups was Limousin and commercial cattle man, Colin Phillips, Sarnesfield, Herefordshire. Colin praised his champion saying it had ‘serious power’ and a ‘lovely front’.

Occupying the reserve position was Spartan 1 Woodsman from SC and GL Hartwright, Abingdon, Oxfordshire. September 2021-born it is by current UK sire of the year Solpoll 1 Perfection, which itself is a son of the renowned Panmure 1 Henry. Also winning senior male champion, it is out of Bounds 1 Madalaine, a daughter of Romany 1 Juggernaut.

Spartan 1 Woodsman

Reserve to the supreme champion in the junior male championship was nine month old Rempstone 1 Worldwide N649 from M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire. Out of Danish-bred Rosenkaer Miss World, it is another by a Dendor bull, this time the 2018 National Poll Show champion, Nairobi.

Rempstone 1 Worldwide N649

Taking the reserve senior male title was October 2021-born Kinglee 1 Wizzbang from Pete Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire. By Cleland 1 Nelson which was purchased by the breeder at the 2018 autumn show and sale for 3,100gns, it is out of Kinglee 1 Star 371, a Leos Pride 1 Ellis daughter.

Kinglee 1 Wizzbang

Adding another title to its name was Coley 1 Duchess 609 from Heather Whittaker, Halifax with Maddie Clark once again on the steering end and tapped out as senior female champion. Standing supreme at Agri Expo in October and reserve grand female at the National Poll Show, this September 2021-born Solbakkens Patrik daughter is out of the 5,900gns Gouldingopll 1 Duchess 916.

Coley 1 Duchess 609

Next to Duchess as reserve senior female champion was Studdolph 1 Vogue 839 from Non Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. At 12 months old, this female is by AI sire Fabb 1 Northern Star while the Vogue line at Studdolph goes back to Dendor’s Greta family.

Studdolph 1 Vogue 839

Junior female champion was selected as January 2022-born Bowendu 1 Ruby 2nd from L and L Bowen, Nelson, Glamorgan. By Solpoll 1 Trailblazer which was purchased for £10,000, it is out of Dendor 1 Ruby 23rd, one of the Bowen’s original female purchases.

Bowendu 1 Ruby 2nd

Moralee 1 Pippa BS265 from Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, Northumberland was named as reserve junior female champion. A daughter of the Canadian-bred Auckvale Barnstormer, its dam was one of the breeders’ foundation females and 2017 Royal Highland Show supreme champion, Coley 1 Pippa 356.

Moralee 1 Pippa BS265

Elsewhere in the classes, Hoghton View 1 Jack Hammer from S and E Walker, Hoghton, Lancashire took the red ticket in the January/February 2022 bull class. A son of the 2021 National Poll Show senior male champion, Hoghton View 1 Jackaroo, it is out Gouldingpoll 1 Pebbles 846 which the breeders purchased for 3,400gns from the 2019 Goulding Opportunity sale.

Hoghton View 1 Jack Hammer

Glenvale 1 Galway Guy from TG, El and EN Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire won the most junior bull class at just eight months old. It is by Gouldingpoll 1 Stockman semen and out of the Glenvale Polly line which consistently produces for this herd.

Glenvale 1 Galway Guy

Leading the line-up of March 2022-born heifers was Dendor 1 Anna Mary 44th from DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Powys. By Romany 1 Distiller son Dendor 1 Trigger, its female line is layered with generations of Dendor breeding.

Dendor 1 Anna Mary 44th

Rempstone 1 Bonny N655 from M Ludgate headed up the April 2022 heifer class. Another by Dendor 1 Nairobi, its home-bred dam is by Solpoll 1 Hollywood which also bred the mother of Rempstone 1 Vegan N621 which sold for 4,800gns at the 2022 autumn show and sale.

Rempstone 1 Bonny N655

The pair of bull calves was won by the Kingsland herd of Vaughan Farms, Kingsland, Herefordshire.

Bull calf pair

The pair of heifers class was won by FJ Wood and sons, Moreleigh, Devon and their Allwood herd.

Heifer calf pair

Finlay Soutter, 17, won the champion young handler title having already led the intermediate class on the day and follows winning the interbreed championship at the English Winter Fair last month. From Bowendu Herefords, 21 year old, Ethan Brook won the senior class and the reserve champion award. First time exhibitor Ashley Hughes won the junior class at 11 years old and was also named as winning the future champion award.

Finlay Soutter won champion young handler with Ethan Brook in reserve

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