£10,800 Limousin-cross ‘Rizzo’ leads 2019 Welsh Winter Fair

A Limousin-sired heifer from North Yorkshire took Supreme Champion ‘Rizzo’ at 30th Welsh Winter Fair held at Builth Wells on November 25-26.

Owned by Messrs. Wilkinson & Marwood, Ivy Farm Cottages, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, Rizzo went on to fetch £10,800 to meat wholesaler Mark Webster at the post-show auction.

This victory was the culmination of a lot of hard work from the Marwood & Wilkinson partnership who bought Rizzo at Carlisle in March at the Borderway Spring Show of Suckled Calves where she stood Reserve Heifer Champion.

The June 2018-born heifer was bred by P. & A. Jarman, Brow Top Farm, Branthwaite, and is by Netherhall Jackpot.

This red Limousin-cross heifer is bred from the same Limousin-cross cow that bred the 2016 Champion at the Carlisle Show, and had previously won her class at Beef Expo, Agri Expo as well as taking home wins at both Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale shows.

Having been put up as Supreme Champion by joint judges Eddie Morgan and Dickie Wright, she topped it all by going under the hammer to Mark Webster for £10,800 later in the day.

Limousin cattle also featured strongly throughout other sections this year.

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Beulah Otty (pictured above) was bred by Mervyn and Jackie Price from Penycrug Farm, Builth Wells and brought out by father and son John and Ifan Phillips, Castellan, Penlon, Newcastle Emlyn. She took the pedigree Limousin and overall pedigree titles before being crowned Overall Reserve Champion.

The Phillips run the Silverstone prefix of five pedigree cows which was established in 2016 with the purchase of a Calogale heifer.

Weighing in at 553kg, Beulah Otty was born in May 1, 2018, sired by Gunnerfleet Hicks and out of the Ampertaine Foreman daughter Beulah Lotty, and had previously won her class at Agri Expo as well as remaining undefeated at all local shows.

She will now head to the British Limousin Cattle Society’s premier Red Ladies female sale at Carlisle on December 13.

The Reserve Overall Steer ‘Firecracker’ came from the Sarkley herd of EH Pennie & Sons, Gwern-Yr,Ychain, Llandyssil, Montgomery.

Born in December 2018, and homebred, he had come through from the first of four Limousin crossbred steer classes comprising 24 animals and is by Waindale UFO and out of a Blue-cross cow.

Baby Beef Champion under judge Chris Longton was the homebred Limousin-sired heifer calf ‘Treacle’ from Mr. R.W. & Mrs. L.A. Jones, Lower Argoed, Builth Wells.

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Weighing 336kg and born in March this year, Treacle (pictured above) came through a very strong field of over 70 entries to also secure the Overall Continental & Overall Heifer awards.

Reserve Champion Continental Baby Heifer was ‘Foxy Lady’ – another brought out by Chris and Nigel Pennie but this time bred by I.P. Jones.

Other awards to go to Limousin stock included the Exhibitor-bred Champion, in the shape of ‘Tequila’, who had stood first in the last Limousin-sired heifer class when brought out by Tecwyn Jones, Ty Newydd, Nebo, Llanwrst.