Galloways have secured three champions at the three winter shows in recent weeks.
First champion was steer calf champion at the Welsh Winter Fair held at the Builth Wells Show ground, a baby steer called Foxhillfarm Super Bonzo from Tim and Kitty Bodily, Llanymynach Barn, Parsonage Farm, Abergavenny. This January 2013 born son of Quartz of Kilnstown was purchased on his dam at the Alford family’s dispersal of the Galloway herd in Brecon.
At the Scottish Winter Fair, held at the Royal Highland Showground, Edinburgh, Galloways reign supreme in the native awards, a pure bred Galloway bullock exhibited by Messrs M Telford and H Claxton, Newton High House, Newton, Stocksfield, Northumberland, won the best native award. This April 2012 born bullock named Digby was bred at Kilnstown Farms Ltd, Kilnstown, Bewcastle, Carlisle, and was purchased at the Society spring show and sale held at Castle Douglas. Digby, by sire Orinocho of Over Barskeoch and out of Doreen 31st, received the new prize of £250 from the Galloway Cattle Society. This is the first time it has been won since its introduction for a Galloway if it wins the Best Native award at the show.
In the steer class, sired by a Galloway, it was a cross Galloway which clinched the first prize. This November 2012 born bullock called Onapromise was bred and exhibited by Neil Slack, Newby Penrith, Cumbria. Neil is a regular exhibitor of commercial cattle and Onapromise is out of a previous show heifer Golden Promise which is a Charolais cross and by the AI sire and previous Highland Show champion Blackcraig Kodiac.
The heifer class is for heifer by any native sire and it was a Galloway which took first prize. Nerys 1307 of Romesbeoch was exhibited by J & S Ross, Romesboech, Shawhead, Dumfries. This September 2011 born heifer is by their senior stock sire Kirkmabreck Nimrod and out of the show cow Doon of Nerys 42nd.
Less than a week later at the famous Royal Smithfield Show, Galloways received another championship, the baby beef won by Jason and Sarah Wareham, Heathfield, East Sussex, with a Galloway-sired, homebred steer calf Cheeky Vimto. He is by Ballavair Black Jack who was purchased at Castle Douglas and out of a British Blue x Limousin dam.