Limousin adopts a royal Welsh cross
In what is the royal closing of the summer show season, the Limousin breed has thrilled the crowds by putting on a show of over eighty cattle described as perhaps the best in terms of depth and quality ever seen in the Kingdom. -United in 2014. The Limousin entry, which included cattle from all four countries of origin, saw the breed feature in all major crossbreeding titles and win the Supreme Individual and the prestigious Team of Five. Other titles include Elite Junior Bull Interbreed, Fitzhugh Pairs Reserve, Reserve Junior Heifer Interbreed and a championship double in the hotly contested commercial beef section.
For Paul Dawes and his team Dinmore, led by breeder Richard Bartle, the victory ensured the herd had won Supreme or Reserve Championship in four of the last five Royal Welsh Shows. The senior bull born in 2008, Diamant, was purchased privately from famous breeder Gaec Camus, Martinet, France. Full of breeding, Diamant is by Berliozb, a grandson of Levrier, while his dam is Version by the famous Pasha 08. Diamant had finished first of his class at the National Exhibition of France in St Gaudens in 2013 and was Male Reserve Champion at Paris Exposition in 2013. Purchased privately on the strength of his offspring, Paul Dawes said Diamant “will bring scale, fairness, musculature and growth” through his breeding at Dinmore herd which has 60 purebred cows in addition to its embryo work.
Commenting directly after winning the individual crossover in the late afternoon, Mr Dawes said: “This title is something you work hard for. It’s a great honor and marks a fantastic summer after winning the Burke Trophy at the Royal Three Counties. The standard within the Limousin section alone was so high and the Royal Welsh is, in my eyes, the best show in the country for Limousin cattle. Diamant is used as the benchmark bull within the herd and his semen is already available from him for worldwide use.
The man with the enviable task of judging the Limousin classes was Peter Kirton of the famous herd Ashledge, Severn Lodge Farm, Kinlet, Bewdley, Worcs who is also the current president of the British Limousin Cattle Society. Mr. Kirton opened the day with a class of seven senior bulls and it was from that opening class, and after about four hours of intensive judging later, that the Diamond Champion emerged.
Commenting, Peter Kirton said: “He’s just a great bull that has come out of an exceptional class. A breeder’s bull, he has everything you need, lift, length, structure and locomotion. It will also elevate the potency and faster growth rates that the commercial beef producer so desperately needs. Regarding the Limousin show, the judge was quick to join in the praise and continued: “I have been coming to the Royal Welsh Show for many years and think it is the best Limousin show I have ever seen. remember. They were of quality in abundance, style, form, power, class and accuracy in the junior and senior classes. It was a great honor to judge such quality and at such a prestigious show.
Eight-year-old Brockhurst Bolshoi of Doug Mash, Torrington Farm, Grove Lane, Chesham, Bucks won the Reserve Overall Supreme and wrapped up a glorious 2014 summer season. The Bolshoi arrived at the Royal Welsh just after winning the 2014 Supreme Championship at the Royal Highland and the Great Yorkshire Shows, as well as the Royal Bath & West and a host of Interbreed titles. Shown with his Brockhurst Centurion bull on foot, Brockhurst Imacelebrity. Brockhurst Bolshoi is by the 55,000gns Grahams Samson and is descended from the largest cow in the herd, Ronick McAinsi. Judge Peter Kirton commented: “What a great cow this is and for her age. She has so much style, is very correct and does her calf very well. Bowing gracefully at the top, Doug Mash said the intention after the Royal Welsh had always been for Brockhurst Bolshoi to step out of the ring.
Mr. Elgan Jones, Coedmore Hall Cellan, Lampeter, Ceredigion lowered the curtain on day one by presiding as a judge of the Interbreed Individual Supreme Championship. A great day for Paul Dawes and the Limousin breed was confirmed when Diamant was named Champion of the day.
Limousin team of Cinq
Crossbreeding was also the theme of the second day with once again the Limousins firmly in the spotlight. Perhaps the biggest spectator spectacle of the show is the Nat West Team of Five Interbreed which was held in the natural amphitheater of the main ring. The judge on this occasion was the famous farmer and broadcaster Mr. Dai Jones MBE, Berthlwyd, Llanilar, Aberystwyth. The Limousin team, full of power and quality, duly won this title of Blue Ribbon Champion with flying colors. The winning team consisted of Diamant, Brockhurst Bolshoi, Evidence by Doug Mash, Dinmore Glorious by Paul Dawes and Nealford Honey from JH Neale & Son, Wilkie Down, Boyton, Launceston, Cornwall.
In a fantastic face-to-face with Brockhurst Bolshoi, Dinmore Glorious had placed the overall female reserve at the Limousin championships. This calf heifer born in November 2011 is another by Wilodge Vantastic and is descended from Aghadowey Alix, a daughter of Broadmeadows Cannon. Crownhead Busby calf, Dinmore Glorious is a full sister to the 2010 Royal Welsh Champion and member of the Fitzhugh Interbreed winning pairs, Dinmore Elle. Earlier this year, Dinmore Glorious won the Limousin Grand Prix held at the Royal Three Counties where she also teamed up with Diamant to win the Burke Trophy.
The fourth member of the team was Evidence, of French breed, of Doug Mash, who had finished third in his class at Brockhurst Bolshoi and Dinmore Elegance. The winning team was completed by Nealford Honey of JH Neale & Sons, Wilkie Down, Boyton, Launceston, Cornwall. In arguably the flagship class of the day for depth and quality, Nealford Honey had won second prize behind Dinmore Glorious in the class of calves or young heifers born from 1/8/11 to 30/6/12. With a strong show record, Honey had just won a breed championship in County Devon, a reserve at Royal Cornwall as well as a crossbreed champion at Liskeard. Born in January 2012, she is descended from Ironstone Duncan, a bull bought privately from Smiths of Bloxham and is descended from Nealford Tracy, 12, a daughter of Ronick Matador, who is still breeding in the herd.