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PEDIGREENEWS
FARM WEEK
NOVEMBER 09 2017
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Workmans win with Bexy Boo
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SUCCESS: Bexy Boo, the overall champion at Borderway’s Agri
Expo.
CHAMPION: Dermot and Gareth Small exhibited the Steer
Champion.
IMOUSIN sired cattle enjoyed a
clean sweep of the top awards at
Borderway Agri-Expo on Friday,
November 3. Cattle with Limousin
genetics took the Overall and
Reserve Championship titles, as well
as the Heifer Championship, the Steer
Championship and Reserve, and the Baby
Beef Championship.
At the conclusion of over seven hours
of judging and in front of a considerable
crowd, the stylish heifer Bexy Boo from
Robert and Leanne Workman, Larne,
was tapped out as the Overall Champion
by judge Chris Pennie from the Sarkley
Limousin Herd, Montgomery Powys.
Although well-known on the judging
circuit, with highlights including the
Balmoral Show, Tullamore Show and
the Royal Highland Show, as well as the
Carlisle Limousin Society Bull Sale, this
was Mr Pennie’s first role judging at the
Agri-Expo event.
In an event where the ring was dominated
by Limousin genetics, earlier in the day
Bexy had been selected as Overall Heifer
Champion by Mr Pennie. The 15-month
old heifer, the family’s first Borderway
Agri-Expo commercial entry, arrived at
Carlisle having won the calf-championship
at Allams late last year.
When, after some deliberation, the
judge finally made his selection, a clearly
overjoyed Workman family could be
heard celebrating throughout the entire
exhibition hall. A visibly jubilant Leanne
described the feeling of winning as “totally
unreal”, however, she did add that “from
a young calf I always knew Bexy was
something special and it’s brilliant to see
her fulfil her potential by winning here
today”.
Bred at home by Robert and Leanne,
Bexy Boo is sired by the noted Limousin
bull Wilodge Vantastic and is out of the
WIN: The Workman family with Bexy Boo, the Overall Champion at Borderway’s Agri Expo.
family’s show cow Gabby. Very popular on
the yard at home, she will now go back to
Northern Ireland to be retired for breeding.
Chris Pennie was full of praise for his
Champion and for the overall show of
cattle and said: “I was thrilled to have
been invited to judge the cattle classes at
Borderway Agri-Expo this year. The calibre
of entries has been outstanding all day
and the decisions were difficult. The heifer
Bexy Boo came to the ring with style and
show presence, as well as natural width, a
great top line and excellent conformation.
She is the epitome of what the commercial
market is looking for at the current time.”
Placed as Overall Reserve Champion was
the Steer Champion from earlier in the day,
Jon Snow. The Scottish-bred bullock comes
from fellow Northern Irish competitors
Dermot and Gareth Small, Kilkeel.
They
purchased
the
September
2016 born bullock for £6,000 at the
Thainstone Spectacular from John and
Craig Robertson, Logierait Commercials,
Newton of Logierait. Sired by the much
admired Objat son Calogale Irresistable,
his outing at Carlisle was the first since
Dermot and Gareth bought him.
The Reserve Steer Champion was the May
2016 born Jimmy from Mark Harriman and
Sarah Warriner, Pickering. By Keskadale
Fame out of a Limousin cross cow Jimmy
was bred by Messrs Richardson of
Gatesgarth, Cumbria, and purchased by
Mark and Sarah at Cockermouth Market.
In what has proved to be a successful
autumn so far Jimmy came to Borderway
on the back of taking the Reserve
Champion spot at the recent Countryside
Live event in Harrogate.

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