An enthusiastic group of Aberdeen-Angus breeders were pleased to hear of the rise of finished cattle prices to more than 400p/kg deadweight at the visit to the Ribble herd, Gisburn, Lancashire. The event was hosted by Henry and Mo Rowntree who entertained their guests with lunch and a herd walk.
Johnny Mackey, the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society chief executive, was on hand to award the prizes for the bi-annual P.E.N.W.A.C. herd competition with the coveted John Moores trophy awarded to the best overall herd going to the Ribble herd. This trophy was presented in memory of John Moores of The Moss herd. A leading breeder, he contributed so much towards the success of the modern Aberdeen-Angus.
The judge for the herd competition was Neil Wattie of the Tonley herd, Alford, Aberdeenshire, who commented ‘what a fantastic show of cattle. I was looking at the quality of cows, calves, yearling heifers and young bulls. I was very impressed with the three large herds as they all had very good even cows and should be very proud of the herds they have built up. However, Ribble came out on top due to the strength of their yearling bulls and heifers.’
Adrian Johnson of the Yearsley herd, Brandsby, York, was master judge for the stock judging competition on the day and particularly noted the strength of the heifer class. Many thanks to the judges and all those who helped to make this such a successful occasion.
1 Buckhurst herd – John Walsh and family.
2 Cheerbrook herd – Andrew Shuflebotham
3 Tegnose herd – Nigel & Sally Hammil.
1 Millstones herd Stephan and Pat Edwards
2 Hurries herd Wendy Hoare and David Wellock
3 Stoneylane herd Richard Ashworth and Family.
1 Ribble herd Henry and Mo Rowntree
2 Pilsbury herd Richard Jackson
3 Eddisbury herd Katie Waterworth.
Overall Winner Henry and Mo Rowntree The Ribble herd
Heifer under two Andrew Shufflbothams Cheerbrook Erilla R063
Bull under two Andrew Shufflebothams Cheerbrook Extra Power R066
Stock Bull Richard Jacksons Yearsley Royal Lupo
Cow and Calf John Walshes Rawburn Ebony N666+calf
Group by one sire Wendy and David Wellocks cows by The Moss Mr Essen