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Local breeders could really hold their own
6:30pm Saturday 14th September 2013 in News
THE quality of sheep and cattle at Moreton Show is at least equal to any agricultural show in the country and breeders travel long distances in a bid to gain a valuable prize rosette.
But local exhibitors proved that they can more than hold their own and many were among the spectacular parade of prize-winners.
It was, however, a two-anda- half year old British Charolais heifer from Milton Keynes that led the beef parade as the supreme show champion.
Led by Emma Bishop, Alymar Galatea, owned by Armstrong & Partners, was breed champion at Moreton last year. Ms Bishop said: “We are very pleased to have come top of all the breeds today.”
Leading the way for the South Devon breed was a young bull bred in the Grove herd of Douglas Scott who farms at nearby Wells Folly, Moreton.
Grove David 18th won his class, was male champion and then breed champion.
Mr Scott said: “It was his first time in the show ring. He has been working all summer on some of our cows.”
Les Digweed, of Tooloos herd, Aston Road, Chipping Campden, took the Dexter cattle championship with his five-year-old cow Langley End Morisia, a previous winner at Moreton. The cow was led by Abbie Gardner who said: “We have had a really good show.
We weren’t able to be here last year but we won the year before that.”
In the sheep lines it was a proud day for 14-year-old Tom Britten, of Wick Road, Little Comberton, near Pershore, who won the young sheep handler competition and joined the parade of winners with his prize-winning Jacob shearling ram to collect his award.
Tom has 12 Jacobs in his flock and said: “I have been showing on my own behalf for five years and before that for Jerry and Lorna Strong of Elmley Castle.”
Shows manager at the Three Counties Agricultural Society, Doreen Smillie has regularly shown her Ryeland sheep at Moreton and this year celebrated winning the interbreed champion with her shearling ram, Dolwen Noble.
She also won the shearling ewe class with one of his offspring.
Miss Smillie has 30 ewes and Noble is her stock ram. “I have been showing for 15 years and this is the first time I have won a supreme championship,” she said.
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