Best show of cows and calves ever seen at Alston

The best show of cows and calves ever seen at Alston turned out for the last of the agricultural shows in south west Northumberland

The best show of cows and calves ever seen at Alston turned out for the last of the agricultural shows in south west Northumberland.

Taking the Swaledale championship and then going on to win the overall title was an outstanding three-shear ewe from Ben Richardson of Ghyll House, Dufton, Cumbria. This ewe has Aygill breeding on both sides.

The Bluefaced Leicester section was won by Ron and Fran Wilson from Carrholme, Armathwaite, Cumbria, with a crossing type ewe lamb. This lamb is out of an Ashley Caton-bred ewe and by a Robin Booth tup.

Mule section exhibitors travelled for miles to attend with the journey paying off for winner James Porter from Riddings near Reath, Yorkshire. His home-bred ewe lamb is by stock tup D41.

Angus Murray and Sons, from Sewingshields near Hexham, took the Blackface Championship, also with a ewe lamb. She is by the Plenderleith tup bought from Lanark and out of a Fingland ewe bought from Castle Douglas. This ewe lamb is part of their Stell Green flock.

Alan and Helen Dent of Beamwham, Haydon Bridge, picked up the Calf Championship with a Limousin heifer calf, bred by a bull from John Smith-Jackson, Hightown, Melkridge.

The best cow and calf shown together was by John Dixon, Chirdon, Tarset.

In the local classes, top honours went to Amanda Waugh, Moss House, Coanwood, with her British Blue cow and British Blue heifer calf.

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