Tonley Lady Heather lands supreme Great Yorkshire Show title

The long journey south was worthwhile for Aberdeenshire breeders Neil and Mark Wattie when they lifted the breed championship title at the Great Yorkshire Show in July.

The father-and-son duo, who run the Tonley herd near Alford, took the top title with three-year-old cow Tonley Lady Heather V591 and her February-born heifer calf.

Tonley Lady Heather is by Blelack Evermore J231, and out of Blelack Lady Heather N202. Her heifer calf is sired by the 12,000gns Duncanziemere Jetstream.

The pair impressed the judge, Northumberland breeder Dallas Allen, who runs the Stouphill herd near Alnwick.

Mr Allen awarded his reserve breed championship title to three-year-old cow Weeton Blackbird V519 from Brailes Livestock in Gloucestershire.

She stood second in her class to the champion and is by Rawburn Boss Hogg N630, and out of Blelack Blackbird T853.

The other main prize-winners were:

Junior champion – Gordon Pole Star X695 (ET) from the Trustees of the late Gordon R Brooke, Earlston, Berwickshire.

Reserve junior champion – Rulesmains Elegent X527 from Andrew S Hodge Esq, Duns, Berwickshire.

Female champion – Tonley Lady Heather V591 from Neil A Wattie Esq, Alford, Aberdeenshire.

Reserve female champion – Weeton Blackbird V519 from Brailes Livestock, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire.

Male champion – Glympton Riley V261 from Glympton Farms Ltd, Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

Reserve male champion – Rulesmains Pegasus X489 from Andrew S Hodge Esq, Duns, Berwickshire.