Moulton Chapel bull calf wins prestigious trophy

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It’s been more than 30 years since a Lincoln Red team won the prestigious Duke of Norfolk Trophy at the Smithfield Festival.

But Moulton Chapel bull calf Tommy and two Lincoln Red heifers took the trophy at the East of England Showground last weekend.

Lincoln Red Cattle Society secretary Jayne Borrows says 1982 was the last time a Lincoln Red team enjoyed success against all the other breeds at the show.

Tommy, who is ten months old, is owned by Tommy Charlton, and is one of about 20 animals he has of the breed.

Mr Charlton says: “We have done nine shows this year and really finished on a high. I am proud of him.”

Tommy has had a first at a show in Norfolk, second bull at Newark as well as reserve Lincoln Red champion. At Smithfield, he was champion bull, reserve Lincoln Red as well as being part of the team that won the major trophy.

Lincoln Red Cattle Society president Alan Hargreaves said: “It was a great surprise to us. There were 12 other teams in the final made up of all the prominent breeds in the country and so it’s a wonderful achievement.

“A big well done to the breeders, the exhibitors and the handlers.

“It’s excellent and a great boost for the breed.”

The picture shows (from left) Julian Hopwood who presented the trophy; a steward; Springwood Treasure T93; Julie Evans; Auchmacoy Grace T236; Simon Coulter; Vickers Field Tommy; judge Peter Donger (back); Emma Benge; and Cowbit’s Christina Tyrrell, who shows for Tommy Charlton. Christina won the Young Farmers’ heifer handling competition at the Lincolnshire Show earlier in the year with one of Tommy Charlton’s beasts.