Moulton Chapel Lincoln Red breeder Tommy Charlton is jubilant following his visit to the East of England Smithfield Festival.
He returned home from the event, held at Peterborough Arena, with a clutch of rosettes won by his heifer calf, Vickers Field Venus.
Venus came home with six trophies, but there is one in particular that stands out for Tommy.
His ten-month-old heifer won the Duke of Norfolk trophy – her half brother Tommy won that cup in 2014 and previous to that it had not been won by a Lincoln Red for 34 years.
In addition, Venus won best in class for a heifer; best in her class for a Lincoln Red; Overall Native Champion; Overall Female Champion; Reserve Overall Champion against any other breeds; and, with another bull calf from another breeder, the Duke of Norfolk Trophy.
“I was a bit shocked to start with,” said Tommy, who has kept cattle all his life. “I showed her this year with her mother and everyone said she is a lovely calf.
“She was big to start with, which gave her a good start. Everybody was that excited.”
Tommy is semi-retired and his sons Thomas Henry and Antony William now look after the family farm, producing sugar beet, potatoes, winter wheat, barley, oil seed rape, daffodil bulbs and peas in some years.
When a decision was made a few years ago to concentrate on the arable side, Tommy missed the animals so much he bought some Lincoln Reds from his cousin.
He now keeps eight cows, the bull who is father to Venus – and Tommy, the three-year-old bull, hopefully has a new home from the spring.
Tommy had success with some of his other animals, which includes Venus’s half-sister Victoria.
Since the show, Tommy has learned that this is the first time a Lincoln Red has been reserve overall breed champion.