A boyhood dream came true for Scottish Smithfield exhibitor Drew Hyslop, from Castle Douglas, when he scooped the overall cattle championship at the East of England Smithfield Festival, Peterborough, this week.
Mr Hyslop’s overall champion, which came through as crossbred Continental heifer champion and then overall heifer champion, before being tapped out as the show’s supreme champion, is a Charolais cross, Bang Tidy.
Bred at Holehouse, Cumnock, by Hugh and Lynne Dunlop, Bang Tidy is a daughter of 8000gns Charolais sire Glenrock Eiger and out of a Limousin cross dam. Weighing in at 602kg, she has previously been a first prize winner at the Scottish Winter Fair.
Cattle judge Archie MacGregor, from Kilsyth, and established breeder of pedigree Limousin, Charolais and commercial cattle, said Bang Tidy was an ultimate show beast. “She handles exceptionally well, has a great loin and length to her and has that all important added sparkle needed in the show ring. She was without question the best beast here today and every inch a true Smithfield champion.”
In the event’s traditional finale, Mr Hyslop then paraded his supreme cattle champion in a lap of honour to the sound of bagpipes played by Raymond Kennedy, before bids flew in with the hammer eventually falling to the sound of £8000 from auctioneer Paul Gentry of official show auctioneers Newark Livestock Market.
The successful buyers were father and son team Robert and William Woodward of Bowood Yorkshire Lambs. Mr Gentry announced that this heifer’s final destination would be the food hall of leading London department store Harrods.
Mouswald Aberdeen-Angus breeder Matt Currie also tasted success when his Angus steer Base Jumper won the first championship of the show, the pure bred native championship.
This 712kg Catrionas MacAllan son stood Aberdeen-Angus champion at the Scottish Winter Fair. This is the best result to date for Matt, who started his Angus herd in 2003.
Top Scottish exhibitors in the Baby Beef classes were Alistair and Elizabeth Vance, Newton Stewart, when their Limousin cross heifer Bonnie Betty was tapped out as reserve overall Baby Beef champion.
This May-born heifer is by Wilodge Azure and was a winner at Colmonell and Wigtown Shows and was reserve Baby Beef winner at Agri-Expo, Carlisle, last month.