Wednesday 3 July 2024

Spirits were high and the sun shone down on exhibitors at this year’s Norfolk Show with sixteen herds in attendance battling it out in the heat, to be crowned overall champion.

Judge David Sapsed from Hertfordshire assessed the cattle presented and deliberated over his champion, crowning Porton House 1 Duchess 2nd from Bethan Hutchinson female and overall champion. Duchess was purchased from the society’s Spring sale in 2023 and soon embarked on her show success, coming 1st in her class at the Royal Highland Show and again at Westmorland, later that year. Bred by Paul and Vicky Moyle, she is a March 2022 born female out of Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 978, sired by Dendor 1 Sherlock.

Porton House 1 Duchess 2nd from Bethan Hutchinson

The heifer born in the 2022 class provided a powerful selection for our judge, featuring not one, but two exceptional females who took home the top honours: the overall champion and the reserve female champion.  Reserve female champion was awarded to Pepperstock 1 Blossom W869 from J. Speirs. This two year old female stood out, accompanying Duchess in the female line-up and securing a victory for Mr. Jim Speirs.

Pepperstock 1 Blossom W869 from J. Speirs

Standing as male and reserve overall champion was Pulham 1 Achilles from PRJ & LR Vincent, sired by Appel 1 Kaboom and out of a homebred cow Pulham 1 Curly 3rd. Achilles is having a successful showing season for the husband and wife team, having already secured the reserve male championship at Shropshire County Show. Appel 1 Kaboom is proving to be a triumphant sire for the herd with half sister Pulham 1 Olive 7thstanding in overall reserve champion at the same show.

Pulham 1 Achilles from PRJ & LR Vincent

Sixteen-month-old bull Newtoncroft 1 Aintree from Newtoncroft Farms Ltd has continued to impress, following up his recent performance at the Three Counties Show. This time, he won his class and then went on to secure the reserve male champion finishing just behind Pulham 1 Achilles. Another accolade he won to his name was junior champion. This flashy young man was sired by Hawkesbury 1 Swift, born out of homebred cow Newtoncroft 1 Truelove 346.

Newtoncroft 1 Aintree from Newtoncroft Farms Ltd

The Bethanfield herd made the worthy trip from Cleveland, County Durham, as not only did they take the championship, they secured a 1st place with Harveybros 1 Crocus Ariel in the heifer born on or after 1st April 2023 class. Other female class winners included Avery from Josh Matthews and Pepperstock 1 Jade S572 from Speirs Farms.

UK Hereford Youth member Liam Jackson-Carr had a great show with his March 2023 Bull JC 1 Austin, taking 1st place in his class and the reserve junior champion title.

JC 1 Austin from Liam Jackson-Carr

Full Results List

Breed and female champion – Porton House 1 Duchess 2nd – Bethan Hutchinson

Reserve breed and male champion – Pulham 1 Achilles – PRJ & LR Vincent

Reserve female champion – Pepperstock 1 Blossom W869 – Speirs Farms

Reserve male and junior champion – Newtoncroft 1 Aintree – Newtoncroft Farms Ltd

Reserve Junior champion – JC 1 Austin – Liam Jackson-Carr & Damien Carr

Heifer, born on or after 1st April 2023

1st – Harveybros 1 Crocus Ariel – Bethan Hutchinson

2nd – JC 1 Marigold 006 – Liam Jackson-Carr

3rd – Coley 1 Malan 697 – Heather Whittaker

Heifer, born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2023

1st – West Caister 1 Avery – Josh Matthews

2nd – West Caister 1 Connie – Josh Matthews

Heifer, born on or between 1st January and 31st December 2022

1st – Porton House 1 Duchess 2nd – Bethan Hutchinson

2nd – Pepperstock 1 Blossom W869 – Speirs Farms

3rd – Dendor 1 Greta 37th – The Benacre Company

4th – Banjos 1 Miss Athena – Long Park Farm

5th – Pulham 1 Olive 7th – PRJ & LR Vincent

Cow, in milk, in calf or with calf at foot, born before 1st January 2022

1st – Pepperstock 1 Jade S572 – Speirs Farms

2nd – Pulham Pansy 26th – Borovere Herefords

3rd – Wellhart 1 Coffee – Leisa Freeman

4th – Claxton 1 Tash – Hilgay Livestock

Bull, born between 1st January and 28th February 2023

1st – Newtoncroft 1 Aintree – Newtoncroft Farms Ltd

2nd – Banjos 1 Aero – Long Park Farm

Bull, born on or after 1st March 2023

1st – JC 1 Austin – Liam Jackson-Carr & Damien Carr

2nd – Coley 1 Andreas – Heather Whittaker

3rd – Moorside 1 Ample – The Benacre Company

4th – Borovere Bomber – Borovere Herefords

Bull, born prior 1st January 2023

1st – Pulham 1 Achilles – PRJ & LR Vincent

Interbreed wins for the breed

Day two of the renowned county show saw great success for the breed with the males coming out on top. Newtoncroft 1 Aintree made a remarkable impression in the ring, capturing the judge’s attention with his standout qualities, securing his first title of the day as native junior champion. His success didn’t stop there as he then went on to achieve reserve interbreed junior champion, behind the Charolais. His achievements are a testament to his quality and potential, further solidifying his reputation in the competitive showing circuit.

Pulham 1 Achilles from PRJ & LR Vincent had an impressive showing following a successful judging on the first day. Achilles competed against other native breeds and emerged triumphant, earning the title of native male beef champion.

Pulham 1 Achilles then teamed up with Porton House 1 Duchess 2nd in the beef breed pairs to come third, an excellent achievement against all other breeds competing that day.

Full Results List

Native junior champion & reserve interbreed junior champion  – Newtoncroft 1 Aintree – Newtoncroft Farms

Native male beef champion – Pulham 1 Achilles from PRJ & LR Vincent

Best beef breed pair – 3rd place – Porton House 1 Duchess 2nd – Bethan Hutchinson & Pulham 1 Achilles from PRJ & LR Vincent