Donna's on a roll as she's named supreme champ
Donna, the 18-month-old heifer, turned out to be a prima donna when she won the Supreme Championship at the nation's first Christmas primestock show of 2013.
The Limousin-cross-Belgian Blue lady took the title at the Liskeard and District Primestock Show yesterday, defeating a strong field of class winners to emerge the victor for her father-and-son owners, Alan and Lewis Cook.
She gained high praise from the judge, Andrew Haste, from Bideford, who commented: "This is a lovely heifer, with well-covered loins and a great back, but the decision was not easy, because of the very good quality I've seen. It was a tremendous effort by the competitors, who have worked so hard to produce their cattle looking so well."
The Cooks, from Ivybridge, have won three championships at the show in the past and will be showing Donna at Plympton and Exeter. Reserve champion was 15-month-old Miss Dynamite, also a crossbred Limousin, owned by Michael Kirby, from Milton Damerel, near Holsworthy. He will be showing her at the English Winter Fair at Stafford later this month, and at the Royal Smithfield Show at Peterborough next month.
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Once again 21-year-old Amy Payne, from Cubert, took the sheep championship. Her 11-month heavyweight Beltex lamb was no stranger to the showing scene, having won at the Camelford Show in the summer. She will now compete at the Wadebridge and Helston primestock shows.
Beef entries were modest in number because of bovine TB movement restrictions – and a large wedding – explained show chairman Mervyn Rowe. But entries for the domestic section, held at the Eliot House Hotel in Liskeard, were larger than ever, he reported.