Queen B Crowned Supreme Champion at English Winter Fair

Queen B, a 19-month-old Limousin cross heifer from Denbighshire, was crowned Supreme Champion at the 2017 English Winter Fair.

In front of a packed crowd on the second day of the event at the Staffordshire Showground, Queen B, the crossbred took the top prize for her owners Edwards Bros & JM Rowlands. The April 2016 born animal was bred by Bowen & Bowen in Welshpool.

Queen B

Queen B

Reserve Champion was a pedigree Limousin heifer, Dolderwen Mercedes. April 2016 born, she was shown by P&S Sellers from Lincolnshire and bred by G Jones out of Dolderwen Indulgence, sired by Lodge Hamlet.

It brought two days of high class cattle showing to a thrilling climax.

Limousins also stole the show in the baby beef category where April-born Babes was crowned champion for Builth Wells-based W Morgan. Mrs Lady G took the reserve for BL & JE Griffiths from Newton in Powys.

In the National Pedigree Calf Show, Charolais Balbithan Nabrasila won the championship for Thor Atkinson from Cumbria. Reserve was British Blue Dinmore Moschino for PR Dawes from Herefordshire.

It was another good year in the sheep ring for Robert Garth from Bentham in Lancashire who won the Supreme Championship with a pair of trimmed Beltex lambs. Mr Garth claimed the same title in 2016.

Reserve champion with two pure bred Beltex was H & E Williams from Llanddeusant.

It was a clean sweep for pig producer Mark Horsley who won both the singles and pairs championship with his Pietrains, plus the carcass competition.

It was the sixth time in seven years the farmer from Skirpenbeck, Yorkshire, has claimed such a medal haul.

In the carcass hall it was first time lucky for Jonathan Lyon whose British Blue was named champion with B Blandford & Sons from Hereford winning the lamb carcass with a Beltex.

R Beaman won a hotly-contested turkey and goose competition with a hen from the over 6.8kg class.

Richard Williams, chief executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, said:
“The English Winter Fair has a well deserved reputation for attracting some of the best stock and carcasses to compete and this year’s event has reinforced that.

“After seeing relatively static visitor numbers in recent years it was particularly pleasing to see a marked increase in attendance at this year’s show.”

The English Winter Fair introduced a number of new features for 2017 including the addition of the Royal Smithfield Club competitions for beef ribs and a saddle of lamb.

Both winners came from Derbyshire with Jonathan Wildgoose winning the beef category and Michael Hadfield winning the lamb section.

A new charity class to benefit the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution was also won by Robert Garth.

And a new schools class in the sheep ring saw 28 Staffordshire schoolchildren competing for the first time, won by Thomas Alleynes High School from Uttoxeter.

Mr Williams said:
“We created a new class and invited the schools to enter because it’s great to have young people involved in the show.

“They are our future and the future of agriculture so we have a duty to give them an opportunity to be at the show, not just visiting but competing too.

“The level of entries and the quality was fantastic and we have had a great response from the visitors and exhibitors who came to the show.”

Mr Williams said he would definitely hold the class again for the 2018 event after such a successful show this year.

EWF 2017

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