Summer 2012 show review

In a continuation of recent years, the Limousin breed again dominated the summer show season winning a remarkable sixteen Interbreed titles at the acclaimed ‘majors’ of the Royal Ulster, Royal Highland, Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh Shows respectively.  Arguably the breed’s most successful show year to date, the Interbreed wins spanned individual awards, team titles, junior titles and, of course, commercial championships.  

Semenstore bulls once more featured strongly, particularly the AI sire Wilodge Vantastic, who, whilst semen is no longer available, has the following sons available on Semenstore: Goldies Comet, Ironstone Comander and Plumtree Fantastic. Semen from two other sons (Carmorn Copilot & Ironstone Colonel) should be re-available in due course. The sire of Wilodge Vantastic, Wilodge Tonka (who also sired Wilodge Cerberus) is also on Semenstore.

At the Royal Ulster Show held at Balmoral in May, Milbrook Gingerspice, sired by the prolific Wilodge Vantastic, was crowned Junior Interbreed & Overall Individual Interbreed Champion. 

Overall Reserve Supreme at the Royal Highland was the Wilodge Vantastic-sired Ironstone Dumandy, who also featured in the winning Interbreed Team of Four.  She was shown with her Teddy-sired bull calf at foot.  Ironstone’s Female Champion, Reserve Male Champion, Junior Champion and Junior Interbreed Champion were all sired by the herd’s prolific 42,000gns stock bull Wilodge Vantastic. Reserve Male Champion was Ironstone Executive is another son of Vantastic and is out of the Ronick Member-sired Greenwell Sasha. The Junior Male Champion was Maraiscote Gigolo by the 23,000gns stock bull Goldies Comet and out of Maraiscote Annabell.  In addition, the Maraiscote team picked up the Limousin Team of Three with three bulls all sired by Goldies Comet.

Ironstone Dumandy’s success continued at the Great Yorkshire Show in July

to lift the Limousin Supreme Overall Championship on the way to featuring in the winning Limousin team in the Interbreed Group of Four. Reserve Female and Reserve Overall Champion was Brockhurst Bolshoi an in-calf six-year-old Limousin cow by the 55,000gns Grahams Samson. The Maraiscote team, sired by Goldies Comet, won both Male, Female and Overall Junior Limousin titles as well as winning the Individual Junior Interbreed title and featuring in the winning Junior Interbreed group. The Junior Male Champion, Reserve Junior Overall, and Reserve Male Overall was Maraiscote Graffiti by Goldies Comet. The Overall Junior Limousin Championship, and then Junior Interbreed Championship, went to the January 2011-born heifer, Maraiscote Gucci. Gucci is another by the noted Goldies Comet and is out of the Virginia Andy daughter, Maraiscote Davina. The award for Reserve Junior Female went to Ironstone Floribunda who had secured the Limousin Junior title and Junior Overall Interbreed title at this year’s Highland.  November 2010 born, Floribunda is another heifer by Wilodge Vantastic and is out of the 12,000gns Jockey-sired Kendrom Betty. 

The 2008-born Limousin cow, Ironstone Dumandy, secured a memorable second consecutive Limousin and Individual Interbreed Championship on the opening day of the Royal Welsh Show. The defending champion took both honours for the second consecutive year – thought to be a first for any breed at the Royal Welsh. The Limousin team - which also included Ironstone Dumandy - then came through against 14 other breeds to win the Nat West Interbreed Team of Five Competition to conclude a clean sweep of interbreed team titles for the Limousin breed at the major shows held in 2012 on the UK Mainland comprising the Royal Highland, Great Yorkshire & Royal Welsh. Wilodge Vantastic breeding proved to be once again to the fore with three out of the five members of the Team of Five sired by the prolific stock bull and AI sire. Underscoring this, four out of five animals in the Female Championship line-up were by Vantastic including both Champion & Reserve. In the Agri Lloyd Elite Junior Bull Competition, Limousins took Second Reserve position with Dyfri Glyndwr, sired by Wilodge Cerberus.

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