The 2023 Winter National Calf Show was held at Agri Expo at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday 27th October 2023. The standard of entry was tremendous, for judge Andrew Hodge, who presided over the 85 catalogued entries.
With no Senior males forward, the eldest male category were yearling males, born between January 2022 and end December 2022. The best of these were A & J Adam, Newhouse of Glamis on their first outing with Newhouse Playboy Y014, an august 2022 born son of Brailes Fabulous out of a Tonley Princess daughter. Reserve yearling champion came from the same class exhibited by Miss Caroline Orr, Keirsbeath Powerhouse Y586, an October 2022 born calf sired by Linton Gilbertines President. Three Junior male classes for bull calves born from January 2023 onwards were won by D & K Graham with Carruthers Equador Z229, a march born Auchincreive Exodus son out of a homebred dam. Reserve Junior male was Mr & Mrs M Alford’s Foxhill Diamond Mist Z254, a January born Linton Gilbertines President son out of a Weeton Diamond Mist dam. The Junior males triumphed in the Overall Male Championship, where Carruthers Equador Z229 was judged best male and Foxhill Diamond Mist Z254 picked up the reserve spot.
The only senior female forward took the Senior female champion, which was Brailes Livestock’s Carberry Urban Boss with first calf at foot. Yearling females, born between January 2022 and end December 2022, were won by Neil Wattie’s Tonley Fiona Y837, an April born Tonley Jester Eric son out of a homebred dam. Reserve place came from the second class, exhibited by Alistair Clark and Sons, Duncanziemere Edwina Y508, sired by Duncanziemere Sportsman.
A big entry of heifer calves was topped by Mr & Mrs M Alford’s Foxhill Diamond Mist Z253, another January born flush sister to their reserve male champion. Reserve junior female champion was Duncanziemere Ellen Erica Z536, sired by Duncanziemere Sportsman, and second youngest catalogued, having been born in May 2023. Neil Wattie’s Tonley Fiona Y837 was tapped out Female Champion ahead of Carberry’s Boss as reserve.
Section champions from the 2023 Winter National Calf Show
Senior champion: Carberry Urban Boss; Brailes Livestock
Yearling champion: Tonley Fiona Y837; Neil A Wattie
Reserve Yearling Champion: Duncanziemere Edwina Y508; A Clark & Sons
Male Calf Champion and winner of the Ardgarth Trophy: Carruthers Equador Z229; D & K Graham
Female Calf Champion and winner of the Eynsham Trophy: Foxhill Diamond Mist Z253; Mr & Mrs M Alford
Calf Champion and winner of the Goldovera S43 Memorial Trophy: Carruthers Equador Z229; D & K Graham
Reserve Calf Champion: Foxhill Diamond Mist Z253; Mr & Mrs M Alford
Overall Champion: Tonley Fiona Y837; Neil A Wattie
Reserve Overall Champion: Carruthers Equador Z229; D & K Graham
Champion Pair and winner of the Wych Cross Trophy: Carruthers Equador Z229 & Carruthers Elspeth Z227; D & K Graham
For a livestream recap or to see the full list of classes and awards, please see here