Lincolnshire Show was a rare day away from the day job of looking after hundreds of sheep and cattle for Moulton stockman Josh Bustance.
Josh, of Moulton, has his own flocks of commercial and Blue Texel sheep and British Blue and cross-breed cattle to look after as well as his dad Chris’s animals.
However, the day away from the ‘office’ proved profitable for Josh, in terms of results in the sheep and cattle classes.
Josh came away with a first, a second and a fifth as well as reserve supreme champion overall for his Texels. He was also presented with a first and fifth for his British Blue heifers.
“I was really happy about that,” said Josh (22). “It’s the first time I have taken the sheep out and it’s definitely given me confidence to take them to another show. Reserve supreme champion is special as it wasn’t just for the breed but against other breeds as well and it was a fairly big class.”
Josh has only had the Blue Texels a year but has been showing the cattle since he entered the ring as a young handler as a five-year-old.
He grew up helping care for the cattle and sheep his dad keeps on 120 acres of grass and at about eight began keeping his own animals.
The 15 Blue Texels and 150 commercial sheep, plus the cattle and his father’s animals keep him pretty busy.
He admits it’s hard to find time for showing and that going to four or five a year – summer shows as well as fatstock shows in winter – is “an expensive hobby”.
He said: “You have to start halter training the cattle two months before the show, training them to walk and be calm. With the sheep you just have to fatten them up.”
The meat from Josh’s animals supplies his father’s wholesale meat business as well as going into Wimberley Hall farm shop.