The 150th Canterbury A & P Show was held in Christchurch mid November 2012 and is the largest agricultural show in New Zealand. Because of its anniversary status this year's cattle entries were well up on recent years. The Royal visit (Prince Charles & Camilla) certainly added some public interest to proceedings.
Two breeders exhibited Limousin cattle. The James family (Ben More) are stalwarts of the show and exhibited four yearling heifers and a cow with calf at foot. Gary Kennett and Marilyn Montgomery (Piwakawaka) exhibited a yearling heifer and bull, a R2 heifer and a cow with calf at foot. Ian Bucknell (Australia) was the invited judge.
The Supreme Champion Limousin was awarded to Ben More Emma, a stylish dam with a striking bull calf-at-foot, owned by the James’ family. Emma had earlier taken out the Champion Senior Female award with Piwakawaka Florence (owned by Gary & Marilyn) being named Reserve Champion.
Ben More Darcie (owned by Gary & Marilyn but bred by the James’ family) with an Urban Cowboy heifer calf-at-foot won the Performance Plus Class.
The Ben More team took out the top three places in the yearling heifer class with a very even line-up of quality heifers. This included two polled heifers from a Mandayen Guardian A488 bloodline.Champion Yearling bull was awarded to Piwakawaka Guardian owned by Gary & Marilyn, and sired by A488 (MGS: ROMN Justice).
Ben More Gemma gained 3rd place in the All Breeds which was an outstanding achievement given the very large numbers in this class. The judge was Geoff Bush (NSW).
Duncan James was also placed a very creditable 2nd in the Junior Beef Stock Judging competition. Limousin contributed one of the three teams of four animals used for judging (the others being from Angus & Hereford) and the young judges found ranking the four Limousin heifers quite a challenging task.
Other Show highlights included Roger James being awarded a 150th Anniversary medallion for his services to the A & P Society, and Warrick James celebrating his 50th birthday during the three day Show. As cattle chairperson, Warrick should be congratulated for organising such a successful Show this year. It was also great to see Craig Corby & Tamara (Goldstein Park) pay a visit whilst on holiday in NZ.