A select entry of high quality Breedplan recorded South Devon cattle competed in the breed’s annual Performance Championships, held this year within the Livestock Event at the NEC.
Cattle with above average performance indexes and aged between twelve and thirty months were eligible to compete, and the entries came from Cornwall, Oxfordshire, Shropshire and Leicestershire. Inspection points were added to performance points to determine the placings.
Judge for the day was Mr Peter Rowe from Menheniot, Liskeard, Cornwall, whose Trewint herd has itself produced many prize winners and champions.
Best heifer born in 2014 was Welland Valley Claudia 12, sired by Z Welland Valley Trident 1 and out of Welland Valley Claudia 2, from M E & T E Broome, Thorpe Langton, Leicestershire. She went on to beat the best heifer born in 2015 – AI Z Eyton SAS Lolita 10 by AI Hawkley SAS Intrepid, from Mr C W Whitehead, Telford, Shropshire, to be awarded female champion.
In the males, the championship went to Welland Valley Pioneer 5, also from Mr & Mrs Broome, a two year old bull by Welland Valley Crusader, and out of Welland Valley Dainty 16. He beat a strong class of 2015 born bulls from which the reserve male champion was from Cornwall – Laity Farms’ Polkinghorne Baxter, by Carzise Bentley 2 and out of Polkinghorne Betty 24.
The overall championship was judged on inspection alone, and Mr Rowe tapped out the female champion, Welland Valley Claudia 12, to be presented with the Harlington Trophy.
The Society is most grateful to its sponsors of this event, namely Neogen, Kivells, and Pickstock Telford. The Breed Secretary said that although the entry was small, it was an excellent quality of recorded pedigree cattle at this high profile technical event.
Class 1 – heifers born in 2014
1st M E & T E Broome - WELLAND VALLEY CLAUDIA 12
2nd C J Page - COTON VENUS 19
3rd R V Hartshorn - AI Z CILGWRRWG SAS ZOOM
4th Laity Farms - Z POLKINGHORNE TULIP BLITZ 58
Class 2 – heifers born in 2015
1st C W Whitehead - AI Z EYTON SAS LOLITA 10
Class 3 – bulls born in 2014
1st M E & T E Broome - WELLAND VALLEY PIONEER 5
Class 4 – bulls born in 2015
1st Laity Farms - POLKINGHORNE BAXTER
2nd R Hartshorn / C Whitehead - Z EYTON TRUSTY 3
3rd C J Page - COTON HADRIAN OF 2015
4th R Hartshorn/C Whitehead - AI Z EYTON SAS LEO 1
5th E G & S M Hawkins - AI CUTSEY RED ENSIGN 1
6th O Brewin - NORTH VIEW ALFIE