The Stars of the Future Calf Show, held on Saturday 12th November 2016 at Stirling Market, saw a fantastic entry of 360 calves across all breeds.
The Limousin breed shone at the event yet again, in front of a large crowd of spectators, winning two out of the three Interbreed titles and coming Reserve in the other.
The Limousin section was judged by the well-known figure of Mr Ian Nattress, who from a good entry of just under 90 young Limousins placed the powerful and shapely Whinfellpark Lomu from Messrs Jenkinson, Clifton Moor, Penrith, Cumbria as Senior Male Champion and Overall Senior Champion. November 2015 born Lomu is sired by the 30,000gns Lowerffryd Empire and is out of the Wilodge Cerberus sired cow Whinfellpark Femi.
The junior section judging saw the stylish January 2016 born Foxhillfarm Mamamia from Mike and Melanie Alford, Foxhill Farm, Cullompton, take the Junior Female and Overall Junior Championships. The January born embryo calf is by the homebred 38,000gns Foxhillfarm Irishlad and is out of the 125,000gns female world record price holder Glenrock Illusion.
Following on after the Limousin judging was the Interbreed Championships under the eye of Mr Phil Halhead, Cockerham, Lancashire.
Limousins very much dominated with Whinfellpark Lomu being awarded the Overall Senior Interbreed Champion Continental for Messrs Jenkinson.
Not quite making it the hat-trick of interbreeds, but in a very credible Reserve Overall Junior Interbreed Continental Champion position, was Foxhillfarm Mammamia.
Finally, completing what was a fantastic day for the Alford team, they were awarded the Interbreed Continental Champion Pairs for Foxhillfarm Manhattan and Foxhillfarm Mammamia.
From the senior sections of the Limousin breed judging, the Reserve Senior Male Championship was awarded to Foxhillfarm Louisvuitton, again from the Alford’s.
The August born embryo Louisvuitton is sired by Guards Boomer, who has bred well for the Foxhillfarm herd and is out of the multi show winning Foxhillfarm Gracie.
Gracie had a fantastic show season in 2013, winning the triple crown of breed championships at the Royal Highland, Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh shows.
The Alford team were in the rosettes again under judge for the day Ian Nattress, winning the Senior Female Championship with Foxhillfarm Limitededition.
This August born embryo heifer calf is by the show calf producer Kype Interrogate and out of the Bankdale Alice bred daughter, this time in the form of Bankdale Elizabeth.
Reserve Senior Female Champion went to Annanview Lala from Kevin Watret, Annan, Dumfriesshire.
The July 2015 born Lala is sired by the 15,000gns Emslies Hendreron and out of Tweeddale Harika, who was purchased by Kevin Watret for 12,000gns at the Tweeddale breeder’s sale in June 2014.
Into the junior sections and winning Junior Female and Overall Female Champion was the aforementioned Foxhillfarm Mammamia from the Alford’s.
An incredible day for the team saw them also take the Junior Male and Reserve Overall Junior Championship with Foxhillfarm Manhatten. Manhatten is a January 2016 born embryo full brother to Foxhillfarm Louisvuitton.
Both of these embryo calves are sired by Guards Boomer and out of the homebred dam Foxhillfarm Gracie.
Reserve Junior Male Champion went to local breeders R and J Graham, Bridge of Allan, Stirling with Grahams Murphy. The March 2016 born Murphy is sired by the well-known 22,000gns sire Claragh Franco and is out of the French imported dam Cousine.
Claragh Franco has certainly been producing the goods for the Grahams, having already produced the 40,000gns Grahams Lorenzo and the 16,000gns Grahams Lizzie so far this year for the herd.
The Reserve Junior Female Championship went to Meadowrig Maeva from Renton and Redden, Clarence House, Tweedmouth, Berwick on Tweed, Northumberland.
March born, Maeva is sired by the muscular 23,000gns Fairywater Haig, whose first son at auction sold for 14,000gns at the Society’s Carlisle bull sale in October.
The mother of Maeva is the powerful show cow Meadowrig Eva, who herself has seen considerable success showing on numerous outings.
Eva was Supreme Limousin Champion on her only outing in 2014 at Berwickshire County Show and won first at 2015 Northumberland Show and Overall Reserve Breed Champion, first at Highland Show, first at Scottish Grandprix at Turriff and Best Exhibitor Bred Animal.
Other first prized animals include:
Class 2 - Bulls born between 2nd October - 27th October 2015
1st - Maraiscote Lexington - Ian Nimmo
Class 5 - Heifers born between 3rd September - 5th November 2015
1st - Grahams Lisette - R and J Graham
Class 6 - Heifers born between 11th November - 23rd December
1st - Whinfellpark Ladonna - Messrs Jenkinson
Class 9 - Bulls born between 1st April - 23rd April 2016
1st - Strawfrank Maverick - A Campbell
Class 11 - Heifers born between 1st February - 29th February 2016
1st - Lodge Meribel - W and A Callion
Class 12 - Heifers born between 4th March - 9th May 2016
1st - Lodge Marimba - W and A Callion