Limousins ruled the roost in the championships at Countryside Live in Harrogate this year, taking the Supreme Beef Championship and Baby Beef titles, as well as the Reserve Baby Beef championship and the Reserve Overall Steer Championship.
On top of these achievements, the breed also claimed the best exhibitor-bred award and the title for the best beast bred, owned and exhibited by a Yorkshire resident.
Taking the supreme championship at the season-opening primestock event was the 604kg Limousin-cross heifer More Of That from Phil and Sharon Sellers, of Thorpe Tilney Farm, Lincs.
The animal, which clinched the Sellers’ fifth championship title at Harrogate, is sired by Fieldson Alfy and is out of a Limousin-cross cow.
Bred by Andrew Harrison and purchased from Carlisle in March, she has previously been Champion at Lincoln Show and second in her class at the Royal Welsh, as well as Reserve Overall champion at Pateley Bridge Show earlier in the summer.
At Harrogate, she was named Limousin heifer and overall Limousin champion before going on to clinch the top ticket.
Judge James Alexander of Randalstown, Northern Ireland, said his champion was an exceptional heifer with great length and end, adding: “She’s tremendous through her top and has very little waste on her.”
Taking the Reserve Championship Steer title were the Stephenson Family with their winner from the homebred class, Bordley Pot Black.
Sired by a homebred Limousin bull, he is out of a Blue-cross cow and was a regular winner this summer, being champion on four outings.
He was also the winner of the best exhibitor-bred title and the best bred and owned in Yorkshire award.
Reserve Champion Yorkshire-bred, owned and exhibited beast was the Stoney Family’s Red Magic, a 624kg December 2012-born heifer.
Meanwhile, the Reserve Limousin-cross beast was the Reserve Limousin Heifer Champion from Trevor Lyons and family - Ira, a January 2013-born heifer weighing in at 632kg.
In the Limousin steers, the Champion was Elfed Williams’ Red Alert, a 564kg, privately-bought bullock bred by Simon Blandford at Malvern.
Red Alert is by Ampertaine Commander and is out of the Limousin-cross cow, Bambi, which was Reserve Supreme at Smithfield in 2000.
Reserve Overall Limousin Steer Champion was Poker Prince from the Alford Family, Devon, who is by the French sire, Attila. Poker Prince was bred by John Robertson, of Newton of Logerait, and bought at Caledonian Marts in September for £3,200.
Leading the way for the breed in the Baby Beef section to secure the overall title was the March-born heifer Miss Chief – another from Lincolnshire-based exhibitors Mr & Mrs Sellers.
Sired by the 25,000gns Bailea BMW, this one is out of a British Blue-cross dam and was bred by the Robertson family of Fodderletter.
She was bought from the Thainstone Spectacular earlier this autumn for £3,300 and was on her first outing for Phil and Sharon Sellers. having enjoyed a successful summer show season, with championships at Echt, New Deer, Grantown and Turriff shows.
Standing Reserve Overall were Mike & Melanie Alford with their Limousin-cross heifer Pokerlicious, bought from the Caledonian Marts sale for £3,200 and bred by Brian Harper, Falkirk.
Pokerlicious is by Easegillhead Exterminate and out of a Limousin x Blue dam.
Limousins were also to the fore in the steer class, taking first and second.
Top spot in this class was Neil Slack’s Limousin-cross bullock Sparticus, a 398kg January-born entry.
In second spot, then, was Trevor Lyon’s March-born steer Midnight Black, weighing in at 300kg.