Monday 31 October 2022
Making it a hat-trick of Agri Expo supreme championship wins for Halifax-based Heather Whittaker, Coley 1 Duchess 609 was selected by Northern Ireland’s William McMordie as champion at the Scottish and North of England Hereford Breeders Associations calf show. The current reserve poll female of the year, this September 2021-born heifer has already stood reserve grand female and overall junior champion at the National Poll Show and won its junior heifer class at the Great Yorkshire this year. Having started the 2022 show season at the foot of its mother Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 916, the outfit took the reserve supreme title at this summer’s Royal Highland Show.
Speaking of his champion, William described Duchess as a ‘big well grown’ heifer and said it was ‘good and wide all down her back through her rib and loin while still being very feminine’.
Having followed the champion all the way through from its heifer class and then the female and supreme championship was Porton House 1 Amethyst 2nd from Paul and Vicky Moyle, Newport, Gwent which stood reserve supreme champion. By former stock bull Panmure 1 Nugget, it is out of Ashley Moor 1 Amethyst 33rd, making it a maternal sister to the Moyles’ 2021 Designer Genes offering which sold for 3,600gns.
William explained this Porton House heifer stood ‘very close to the champion’, stating it was ‘probably more powerful but just not as sweet’.
There was further success for Heather Whittaker in the junior female championship as January 2022-born Coley 1 Mink 634 came out on top. A daughter of Gouldingpoll 1 Stockman, it is out of Frenchstone P. 1 Eve which was sired by Solpoll 1 Dynamite.
Reserve to the Coley heifer was Dendor 1 Anna Mary 44th, another from DE, ED and AL Jones. March 2022 born, this heifer is out of a Maxstoke 1 Yeoman daughter and by Dendor 1 Trigger, a Romany 1 Distiller son.
In the bulls, the male championship was handed to March 2022-born Harveybros 1 Willy-The-Womanizer from Glasgow-based George and Sophie Harvey. By Australian-bred AI sire Wirruna Matty M288, it is out of a Venture Night Time 7055 daughter from the Harvey’s famed Crocus line. This young bull was also named junior male champion.
Having made the trip north from Caersws, Powys, DE, ED and AL Jones occupied the reserve male champion position with Dendor 1 Wilson, a September 2021-born bull. By 2018 Royal Welsh Show champion Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine, it is out of Dendor 1 Wattle 6th which is by Solpoll 1 Gilbert, the three times UK sire of the year.
Reserve junior male champion went to first-time exhibitor and Scottish Hereford Breeders Association secretary, Margaret Galbraith, Sandilands, Lanarkshire with Craigdhu Will-It-Do. Another by Gouldingpoll 1 Stockman, it is out of home-bred female Craigdhu 1 Morag, a Laertes daughter, with Romany breeding on its female side which was selected as reserve female champion in the 2020 Scottish Hereford Breeders Association virtual show.
TD and WT Livesey, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire were responsible for the reserve senior male with Normanton 1 Winterwonderland W372. It is by Panmure 1 Pudding which was purchased at the 2018 autumn show and sale for 4,000gns and has performed well for the herd while employed as stock bull, including siring the 4,800gns Normanton 1 Fistulina 35th V569.
Elsewhere in the classes, Panmure 1 Plum W4 from JM Cant and partners, Arbirlot, Angus took the red ticket in the November to December 2021 heifer class. By Romany 1 Thor, a son of Fabb 1 Rocco, it is out of a Romany 1 Distiller sired home-bred female.
SC and GL Hartwright, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, the operators of the current show herd of the year, saw success continue in winning the October 2021 heifer class with Spartan 1 Oyster Gem SP166. By the UK sire of the year Solpoll 1 Perfection, it is out of Cleland 1 Oyster Gem 50th.
JM Cant and partners also led the November to December bull class with Panmure 1 Womble. Another by Romany 1 Thor, it is out of a home-bred Dendor 1 Leota sired female. Headed by Audrey Anderson, these breeders won both the pairs and the group of three classes.
The young handlers classes were once again well supported. In the junior section, 14 year old Maisie Beresford, associated with Moralee Herefords, won the class. Will Awan, 21 year old owner of Midford Herefords near Bath, took the red ticket in the senior section.