MacPherson Charolais heifer takes top prize at Smithfield

STOCK from the Scottish Borders and Northumberland took top honours at Smithfield in London last week with the overall champion shown by Donald MacPherson of Castlehills Farm in Berwick.

The Supreme Commercial Beef Championship went to Allanfould Fizz, a Charolais heifer from Ewan MacPherson and Son. She started the day by winning the pure-bred championship before going on the take the supreme heifer championship and then the overall title.

It is the first time a Charolais has ever won Smithfield and the first time a pure-bred has won since 1979.

By Elgin Da Vinci, she was bought from breeders, John and Archie McGregor, in April at the Caledonian Marts (Stirling) sale of calves with show potential for £1,700.

The MacPherson family have been showing at Smithfield since 1988 and this is the third time they have won the title.

Judge Tecwyn Jones said she was: “All style, very correct and extremely good on her legs.”

The MacPhersons also took the reserve steer championship with Rockafella, by the Limousin bull, Hightown Cassius, who was bought privately from breeder James Alexander, of Northern Ireland. Leading a select Scottish entry in the sheep lines was Malcolm Stewart, of Brotherstone, Melrose, when he clinched the reserve native championship with a pair of Suffolk cross Beltex rams. These are by a homebred high index sire from his Sandyknowe flock.

In the baby beef classes it was a win for Northumberland-based John Smith-Jackson with his Limousin cross calf Golden Eye.

And another Scottish-bred Aberdeen-Angus calf led the way in the breed’s calf show at the event, with Rawburn Kinnanie taking the championship for Marsden Farms, Penistone. She was bred by the Elliott family, of Roxburgh Mains, Kelso.