Birch & Brindley secure success at the National Poll Show

Supreme and grand female champion Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th
Supreme and grand female champion Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th

There was quality in abundance with 100 Herefords on display at National Poll Show, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire, for judge Mr Steve Edwards to preside over.

Taking the Supreme Championship was Grand and Intermediate Female Champion, Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th owned and exhibited by B Birch & G Brindley, Weston, Stafford. Twenty three month old Jennefer 15th has a good set of Performance Recorded Figures to back up her striking physical appearance.

Reserve supreme and reserve grand female champion.

Reserve supreme and reserve grand female champion.

She is in the top ten per cent of the breed for 200 and 400 day weights, the top five per cent for rib fat and top 25 per cent for Terminal Sire Index.

Bred by DE, ED and AL Jones, Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th, is out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 8th and by current Sire of the Year Solpoll 1 Gilbert. This success is the latest in a long list of awards throughout a very productive summer for exhibitor Boomer Birch.

Later in the day there was more success for Jennefer 15th, when she was awarded the Poll Female of the Year Trophy - after gaining the most number of points from a maximum of five qualifying shows. She also took the Moreton in Marsh Show reserve inter-breed championship.

Judge Steve Edwards stated that he had a “weakness for the ladies” and he didn’t disappoint when he placed Junior Female Champion Blakesley 1 Kimberley as his Reserve Supreme and Reserve Grand Female Champion.

Grand male: Champion Normanton 1 Lionel.

Grand male: Champion Normanton 1 Lionel.

Ten month old Kimberley beautifully presented and exhibited by Edward Thompson is bred and owned by P and AM Riley, Towester, Northamptonshire. This “well put together heifer”, out of Blakesley 1 Icicle and by Kinglee 1 E-Bay also took the Hallwood Perpetual Trophy as the Best Overall Junior Champion.

In the Senior Female section, it was Herefordshire breeders Mark and Maddy Roberts who came out on top with Bromley 1 Vanessa 468.

This six year old cow is out of Hawkesbury 1 Vienna and by Dorepoll 1 Crown Royal. The Bromley herd has enjoyed a string of successes at major summer shows over recent years with a number of good females.

The judge particularly liked the power and volume of Vanessa 468 and added that she was “doing her job well – being productive and rearing a strong calf at foot”.

Standing reserve to Bromley 1 Vanessa 468 was 2014 National Poll Show Reserve Supreme Champion Romany 1 Julia D1 J42 from P&E Williams, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Four year old Julia D1 J42 is out of Romany 1 Julia R22 E65 and by SMH Castro 0001.

In the intermediate division, and standing Reserve to Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th, was another female bred by DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Newtown, Dendor 1 Honeysuckle 14th. Two year old Honeysuckle 14th, out of Dendor 1 Honeysuckle 6th, is also by successful sire and former Royal Welsh Show Champion Solpoll 1 Gilbert.

Taking the Reserve Junior Female Championship behind the Reserve Supreme Champion was Romany 1 Ishbel D1 M11 owned and exhibited by Miss H Whittaker, Coley Herefords, Halifax, West Yorkshire. Twelve month old Ishbel D1 M11, bred by JRB Wilson & Sons, is out of Romany 1 Ishbel A84 G53 and by Danish bred bull SMH Castro 0001.

In the male section the Grand Male Championship went to the Intermediate Champion Normanton 1 Lionel bred and exhibited by TD and WT Livesey, Leicestershire.

Twenty month old Lionel, out former Female of the Year Normanton 1 Jews Ear C21 and by Dendor 1 Harinordoquy. This award completes a wonderful show season for this attractive young sire.

Judge Steve Edwards stated “he was an easy and worthy winner – a bull that was superbly presented by the Normanton team”.

It was appropriate that Lionel took the male championship, as immediately following the show, William Livesey was presented with the impressive Poll Bull of the Year Trophy. Normanton 1 Lionel also teamed up with the supreme champion to take the Moreton Show Reserve Inter-breed Pairs Championship.

For those of you who missed the Poll Show this year there will be a chance to Normanton 1 Lionel in the flesh as he is entered in the autumn show and sale at Hereford Mart on Tuesday 13th October.

Standing Reserve to Normanton 1 Lionel in the Intermediate Male Championship was 17 month old Nicholashayne 1 Kingkong from A Kerslake and K Prettejohn, Wellington, Somerset. Kingkong”, who is out of Coverwood 1 Careful 200 and by thrice Royal Ulster Show Champion Solpoll 1 Dynamite, has been competing with Lionel all year - and following these placings finishes a close Runner-Up in Poll Bull of the Year 2015.

From the senior male classes it was three and half year old Fisher 1 Jaguar J347 from W J Hutchings and Sons, Chichester, West Sussex who was awarded the Senior Male Championship and with it the Grafton Trophy.

Jaguar J347, who has good set of Performance Figures across all breeding traits is out of Fisher 1 Eva C190 and by the well-known and admired sire Fisher 1 Cracker. The jcommented that the bull had “power” with “good locomotion” and went on to make him his Reserve Grand Male Champion.

the Reserve Senior Male Championship went to the eye-catching Pepperstock 1 Kingsley from Speirs Farms Ltd, Luton, Bedfordshire. Exhibited by young breeder Jim Speirs Kingsley is out Boundless 1 Venus 1064 and by Kinglee 1 Gangster.

In the final classes of the day it was Dendor 1 Murdock from DE, ED and AL Jones who came to the fore by taking the Beaudesert Cup and with it the Junior Male Championship. Twelve month old Murdock, out of Dendor 1 Helen 14th and who is another promising son of Solpoll 1 Gilbert, has Performance Recorded Figures for 200, 400 and 600 day weights in the top five per cent of the breed.

The Dendor herd once again enjoyed a marvellous National Poll Show winning a number of classes and championships throughout the day including; the best group of three animals by the same sire and the best group of three animals to include both sexes. Their accolades culminated in the Dendor herd winning the Ted Hewitson Trophy for Most Successful Herd on the Day.

Standing reserve to Dendor 1 Murdock in the Junior Male Championship was Romany 1 Major H12 M8 from JRB Wilson and Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders. Twelve month old Major is another stylish son from the famous Julia bloodline, this time out of Romany 1 Julia 41H V23 and by 2012 Royal Highland Show Supreme Champion Romany 1 Heavyduty A84 H12.