Best of Bri­tish com­pete for cham­pion show prize

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Len­non

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

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