Jalex Scoop Reserve Steer Champion at Agri-Expo
Crowds flocked to rway Mart, Carlisle at the weekend to attend the 6th Annual Agri- Expo event which attracted over 12,500 spectators and livestock entries in excess of 800. This is a record number of visitors and entries for this event as it has now become established as a firm favourite in the agricultural calendar. In the short time since its inception the event has become England’s foremost winter livestock and agricultural show and also one of the largest in the UK. In many eyes it is now regarded as “the one to win” as the livestock numbers and visitors surpasses many other events.
After attending the event in 2011 and Jalex bred cattle doing well in the judging, we thought we would head over and entered four cattle to compete in the commercial section. The entry of almost 200 commercial cattle makes this event the largest of its kind in the UK.
We were delighted with how our cattle looked notching up two first prizes, a second and a fifth en route to being tapped out Reserve Male Champion with the Limousin sired steer “The Outlaw”. Sired by Crillaune Armani this eye catching black steer tipped the scales at 645 kilos, and is a half brother to “Black Magic” who was Male Champion at the Scottish Winter Fair two years ago for the MacPherson family, Oban.
We also scored well with our Heatherview Cooper daughter “Miss Steak” who stood top of a strong class of junior heifers. Weighing in at 454 kilos this British Blue heifer has had a successful season on the show circuit having being placed Supreme Champion at the NICCEC Summer Spectacular,
Our Black N Blue Diesel sired youngster “The Gambler” brought home a second prize ticket for the Jalex team. We were also pleased to see Diesel bred calves perform in other herds, with John Smith Jackson, Hightown have ing a very stylish Diesel sired placed 3rd in the lightweight male calf class.
Not to be outdone our Belted Galloway baby steer also picked up a ticket in the native section.
We were really pleased with how our trip went and our cattle were well received at Carlisle. Perhaps what makes it even more worthwhile is that all the cattle we exhibited were homebred, and sired by our own bulls.
Judge for the commercial section was Gareth Corrie, Newtownards who carried out his task with speed and expertise. Overall Cattle Champion went to breeder Tecwyn Jones of Llanwrst, Conwy for the second year running. This year the breeder took the top prized spot with Limousin cross heifer, Black Beauty, daughter of Shire Apollo. The heifer followed up their win at Countryside Live swiftly taking out the Agri-Expo title, and prior to these two events had only been shown locally
Harrison & Hetherington were delighted to see this sixth successive event prove such a success and it was attended by sheep and beef breeders across the UK. Speaking afterwards Harrison & Hetherington’s Operations Director and Agri-Expo Director David Pritchard said: “It was a fantastic day for the industry. The support was overwhelming, with huge attendance and an exceptional quality of livestock. On behalf of everyone here at Harrison & Hetherington I would like to thank all of the judges, the exhibitors and the sponsors for their support. Without this support Borderway Agri-Expo would definitely not be the hugely successful event that it has become.”
A list of all results can be found on www.harrisonandhetherington.co.uk/agri-expo.
Steer Champion “The Outlaw” was a red ticket winner and Reserve Male Champion for James Alexander, Jalex Commercials.
James Alexander secured the Reserve Steer Champion at the highly successful “Expo” event which saw almost 200 entries compete for a generous prize fund. Pictured is Melanie Alford with her Champion steer, Tara O’Brien with Reserve Champion and Gareth Corrie who was judge at the event.
Miss Steak getting her red rossette in the lightest heifer class off the day.
Our heifer Miss Steak in the ring.