The opening Traditional Hereford breed classes of the year were held in Llanelwedd on Saturday 20th May where the sun shone on the lineup, attracting exhibitors from far and wide.
Standing in the overall Breed Championship spot was maiden heifer Albany Lindy, bred and exhibited by the Cook family from Cambridgeshire. Sired by Willow Grange Louis, a son of MMB bull Summerpole Norseman bred by J Duggan in 1972, this heifer also represents the prolific L family at Albany which originates from the famous Wigmore Grange tribe bred by AP Turner at The Leen, Herefordshire.
The Reserve Championship went to another from both the same home and the same maiden heifer class, Albany Model 2nd also sired by Willow Grange Louis. Judge Mr Alun Thomas of Premier Polled Herefords in Carmarthenshire described the contest between the two heifers as very close, and he had deliberated for some time about which to choose, settling on the winner for her length and style.
In the male section, it was the two-year-old Carpenters Monarchist from Mrs H MacLeod, Worcestershire, which won the class for bulls of any age. A full brother to last year’s Male Champion at the event, this bull is sired by Shefford Monarch, bred by Mr P Carter.
Judge Mr Alun Thomas ended the day by thanking all the exhibitors in the cattle section and those behind the scenes for their hard work towards the event, and the staff and stewards at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society for their fantastic hospitality and organisation. Mr Thomas, along with his wife Anwen, are involved in running the Welsh Multibreed Pedigree Calf Show at Carmarthen Livestock Market, which sported a strong Hereford section in 2022.
Breed Champion, Female Champion Albany Lindy, Mr L Cook
Reserve Breed Champion, Reserve Female Champion Albany Model 2nd, Mr L Cook
Male Champion Carpenters Monarchist, Mrs H MacLeod
Bull, any age 1st Carpenters Monarchist, Mrs H MacLeod
Cow or heifer with calf at foot 1st Carpenters Laura, Mrs H MacLeod
Heifer in calf 1st Albany Prettymaid 30th, Mr L Cook; 2nd Gavelock Sarah, P & E Lynn; 3rd Caebach Unity Amorous, N & R Johnson
Maiden heifer 1st Albany Lindy, Mr L Cook; 2nd Albany Model 2nd, Mr L Cook; 3rd Hockerwood Caroline, P & E Lynn; 4th Rhydri Heidi Laura, Mrs G Crow
Calf under 12 months of age 1st Albany Leona, Mr L Cook; 2nd Lower Eaton Io Sylvia 54th, Mr M Horton