THE overall cattle champion at this year’s Agri-Expo was awarded to Welsh breeder Tecwyn Jones for a second consecutive year.
Limousin cross heifer Black Beauty was awarded the top title at the sixth annual event, held at Borderway Mart in Carlisle, following her victory at Countryside Live in Harrogate last month.
A Limousin cross steer called No Likey, No Lighty was named reserve cattle champion at the event on Friday. His owners, the Alfords, travelled 370 miles from their home in Devon to show at Carlisle.
Mr Alford said: “This was a tremendous show animal with a great carcass. We are delighted to be taking home Champion Steer and Reserve Overall Champion from Agri-Expo.”
In the sheep section, a winning pair of Beltex crosses from Andrew Ballie of Carstairs Mains, Lanark, were named overall champions
And the reserve went to a pair of Dutch Texel lambs, which were also the Reserve Champion Pair of Continental/ Down lambs, that were bred locally by R Hall & Son of Inglewood Edge, Dalston, Carlisle.
There were more than 800 livestock entries and more than 12,500 spectators at the show. Twenty breed societies exhibited at the event, including the Blue Faced Leicester Society and the Charolais Cattle Society, which are both celebrating their 50th anniversaries in 2012.
As part of the celebrations the Blue Faced Leicester Society presented a cheque for £4,500 to the North West Air Ambulance after a year of fundraising.
Society president Douglas Hall said: “We are a strong society with good membership and at the moment the future of the breed is looking very strong.”
Agri-Expo director David Pritchard, operations director at show organiser Harrison & Hetherington, said: “There were some terrific animals through the show ring this year and only the very best walked out with that red rosette.
“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 judges, exhibitors and sponsors.”