Katems’ Ark Dora made her second appearance of the year at Driffield this week and was crowned Blonde Supreme Champion adding to her extensive record of Show Championship wins over the last few years. Shown with her 1st June heifer calf ‘Justice’, the prodigy of Hallmark Boxster, also a multi championship winner and recently crowned North East stock bull of the year for the second time Dora came through a stong field to take the title judged by well respected breeder James Weightman. The heifer calf Justice has also been selected by Willie Seels to go forward for the National herd competition winning the calf category in the North East despite her young age. Kate McNeil said “I’m delighted at how well Dora has come back in condition from calving just a few weeks ago and especially pleased at how Justice is developing, she’s the first calf from Ark Dora & Hallmark Boxster and I always hoped they would click, two very special animals to me. Being put forward for the National competition with Justice is really exciting”
The Great Yorkshire Show - Hallfield Hanoi take Supreme for Lucy Corner
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The Royal Highlands Show Report - Gleniffer Glory Shines
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Ark Iona takes Champion at Lincolnshire Show 2014
Blondes continue to shine in Salisbury Market
Salisbury Market Report
Under Thirty Month Finished Cattle (40) Auctioneer Iain Soutar
Trade: A really good number for this mid-summer time of year and we were also blessed with some tremendous conformation animals today. Pride of place must go to Philip Thomas’s magnificent Blonde steer which despite it’s out of specification weight of 818 kilos sped to an amazing 207.5p per kilo or £1697.35. Following on from this Philip’s son Paul’s steer of the same breed reached 207p with another from Philip at 197.5ppkg.
Champion of Champions from Newry Agricultural Show
British Blonde champion, Interbreed female champion and Interbreed show champion of champions was awarded to Ivaniskey Denise and her calf Jaquita from I & R McElroy & Son Dromara. Her calf Jaquita was also awarded the Interbreed beef calf championship at Newry Show by judge Robert Johnston.
Central & West Fife Show - Overall Champion of Champions Whitefield Freya
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Blonde young show stars take second place at Hexham
The Blonde Society were delighted to sponsor three young members in the Young Show Stars competition at Beef Expo. at Hexham and even more so when they came second overall to the Charolais team.
Kelly Stott from Carlisle(Cairneden Blondes), Jimmy Fawcett from York ( Kissthorn Blondes )and Rob Coaney from Lampeter took on the challenge of six other teams who were all keen, experienced and fired up to go head to head for the ribbons in this great competition of young members including the exchange team from Canada.
Having a display stand set, the team stock judged the first evening and then the following morning clipped, washed and dressed their cattle, which were two smart young heifers from Andrew Stotts Hilltop herd from Canonbie.
In the afternoon the teams presented the pair of animals whilst the stick man was singled out to be interviewed with questions about their breed and the beef industry by Clive Davis who was both joint founder coordinator of ‘young show stars’ and commentator on the day.
All three members worked well together as a team and as much as each member has their own personal strengths, the team were consistent across the competition said Neil Lloyd who is the other founder co coordinator of young show stars.
The team look forward to travelling to Canada later in the year which is their wonderful prize and fabulous opportunity. Caroline Jackson breed secretary said that she was absolutely thrilled for the team, they worked well together and deserved the credit for their commitment to both the breed and the industry.
Balmoral Show Report
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Letter from Blonde breeder Paul Thomas from Wokingham, Berkshire.
I just wanted to drop you a line about how well Blonde cross cattle are selling through the live "fat ring" right now which could be of interest to fellow breeders.
Beef prices are quite suppressed right now, but blondes are seeing a strong return in spite of this.
We have just started selling our spring beef at Salisbury Market as usual. Blondes are very well received at this market where their killing out percentage and quality of carcase is appreciated by both processor buyer, private butcher, and box beef suppliers.
Blondes consistently are within three animals of the top price throughout the year, and regularly top the market. There are a number of regular vendors of quality Blonde animals at Salisbury, and the auctioneer Ian Souter of Southern Counties Auctioneers openly supports the breed, promoting it whenever possible.
Four farms had Blonde cross cattle forward. This week saw Blonde sired cattle top three sections of the beef trade.
A Blonde cross topped the cow trade with a new "market top barren cow price" on a standard week. This beast beat all previous show weeks and commercial promotion weeks in Salisbury Market.
A pure blonde aged bull was well received to top the cull bull trade. They also topped the steer trade, and were second place in the heifer trade with animals under 24 months old.
Finally, a 22 month Blonde cross steer took the highest returning price on the day.
Eight animals grossed £12,893; we were delighted and would like to thank Southern Counties auctioneers for their support.
Welsh Buyer pays £2100 for Giggleswick Cow
Cull cows topped at £2106 for a British Blonde at Gisburn auction marts cull cow show and sale just before Christmas. Presented by John and Jean Bradley of Giggleswick the seven and a half year old cow weighing in at 936kgs sired by Rayneside Uriah was knocked down to Owain Llyr of Ruthin, North Wales. The cow had earlier been awarded the first prize rosette in the continental cow class and then later went on to win the reserve champion award judged by Ross Greenwood of Carleton and Harry Thompson of Gargave.
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The Blonde d'Aquitaine breed has been established in the UK for over 40 years and continues to gain much respect from commercial farmers be they suckler producers or dairy men.
The breeds principal attributes are ease of calving and excellent growth rates, terminating in a carcase with a very high killing out percentage and an exceptionally high ratio of lean meat to bone.
The breed is widely distributed throughout the UK and Northern Ireland and thrives well in both the harsher climes of the north and the sunnier south.
The society was founded in 1971 to improve and promote the British Breed.
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