After a two-year wait to return to the show ring following a string of Covid cancellations, British White cattle breeders were back with a bang at the Shropshire County Show on Saturday 17th July, bringing forward an impressive line up of entries for judge Paul Pennington to cast his eye over.
At the end of a fantastic day's judging it was three-year-old first-calved heifer Porlock Hilda with her superb March-born heifer calf Porlock Hindy at foot, bred and exhibited by Brian and Marilyn Palmer, which rose to the top of the line up taking both the Female and Breed Championships and quite rightly garnering a great deal of attention along the way. Teaming up with stable mate Porlock Zareen - winner of the senior heifer class and taking the Reserve Female Championship, also bred and exhibited by Brian and Marilyn Palmer - they went on to win the exhibitor owned pairs class in the British White section, followed by the Champion Rare and Minority Interbreed Pair.
In the bull section it was the most senior of the male entries forward - the homebred 2016-born bull Lordswood Oliver from James Brain - which topped the class and took the Male and Reserve Breed Championships, with Marshbrook Mallow's Pride from Elayna Astbury, also homebred, in second.
The Society wishes to thank all of the exhibitors and other breeders in attendance for their hard work and dedication in preparing a quality group of cattle on the day, an effort which was no mean feat in such hot temperatures and, as ever, the willingness of our members to step in as a team and present other exhibitors' cattle in the ring when needed is a testament to their passion to promote the British White breed.
Full results below, along with photo gallery kindly provided by Harry Pennington
Female and Breed Champion: Porlock Hilda from Brian & Marilyn Palmer, Minehead
Date: Saturday 17th July 2021
Judge: Mr Paul Pennington, Bridgnorth
Female and Breed Champion: Porlock Hilda, B Palmer
Male and Reserve Breed Champion: Lordswood Oliver, J Brain
Res Female Champion: Porlock Zareen, B Palmer
Res Male Champion: Marshbrook Mallow's Pride, E Astbury
Bull, any age: 1st Lordswood Oliver, J Brain; 2nd Marshbrook Mallow's Pride, E Astbury; 3rd Albany Outlaw, F W Cook & Son; 4th Alcroft Gunslinger, S Cook; 5th Alcroft Billy The Kid, S Cook
Cow, in-calf with 2nd calf and/or with calf at foot, born in 2018 or before: 1st Porlock Hilda, B Palmer; 2nd Hartdesire Bumblebee, J Brain; 3rd Marshbrook Dragonfly, E Astbury
Heifer, born in 2019: 1st Porlock Zareen, B Palmer; 2nd Marshbrook Silver, E Astbury
Heifer, born in 2020: 1st Albany Octavia, F W Cook & Son; 2nd Lordswood Ava, J Brain; 3rd Alcroft Geronimo, S Cook
Pair from one exhibitor: 1st Porlock, B Palmer; 2nd Lordswood, J Brain; 3rd Albany, F W Cook & Son
Credit: Harry Pennington