Best of British compete for champion show prize
A FARMING couple won a champion exhibit prize at the Ashford Cattle Show.
Jason and Sarah Wareham, from Heathfield, triumphed at the show at Ashford Market in Orbital Park in the various stock classes with a British Blue cross heifer.
Reserve best award went to Angley School Young Farmers Club in Cranbrook for a Limousin cross steer.
The school team showed eight cattle in all, winning four first prizes.
The event, attended by nearly 1,000 visitors, was held on Monday, November 30 and Tuesday December 1.
Anthony Neaves, of Staplehurst, got an equal prize to the Warehams for their sheep entry with their pair of Beltex breeds being crowned champion lambs.
Hazel Long of Mystole near Chartham took reserve with Charollais lambs.
Angley School again featured in this section with best YFC exhibited lambs, which were also best Texel sired lambs in the show.
Meanwhile farmer Peter Francesconi of Elmstead and shepherd Derek Hart took the best Romney lamb prize while Homewood School in Tenterden featured in the winners’ list with a pair of Suffolk cross lambs.
The pig section saw East Kent exhibitors winning the top prizes with the Hosiers from Alkham, Dover, producing best pigs.
Pauline and Peter Banks of Shoreham, Sevenoaks who were last year’s champions, this time exhibited the best single pig.
Honeybrook Farm in Burwash, East Sussex, had two Limousin cross heifers who won best pair while Limousin steers from Nick and Richard Chantler from Headcorn won in the standing reserve class.
Prizes for the best pens of three or more in the regular entry of finished cattles went to Ralph and Angie Dickinson. They succeeded in both steer and heifer classes with Limousin crosses.
Best pen of five lambs were Angley School’s Texels and John Lightfoot of R.G. Hobbs Farms in Smeeth won the best pen of 10 or more lambs in the regular entry of sheep.
Ben Hope from Egerton picked up two first prizes for best young butchers’ pigs and best cull sow.
This year’s Ashford Cattle Show
Jason and Sarah Wareham with their winning heifer and sponsor Dale Burden of Burden Bros