The 153rd Canterbury A & P Show was held in Christchurch (NZ) last week. It remains the largest show of its type in New Zealand and attracts people from all over the country for the three day programme.
Entries in the beef cattle sections were slightly up on last year with good representation across all major breeds. Limousin had a strong presence with more animals being shown than in recent years. The inclusion of a led steer competition added interest (and animal numbers) to the occasion.
The James’ Family (Ben More) are stalwarts of the show and have shown cattle there for almost 40 years. This year they exhibited nine animals. Gary Kennett and Marilyn Montgomery (Piwakawaka) have become regular attendees and exhibited six animals.
Roger James (past World President) attended the three days and enjoyed catching up with old friends.
Phoebe James was awarded “Personality of the Breed” and won a magnum to take home.
The South Island Breeders’ Group gathered on the Wednesday evening for a BBQ. Due to rain they decided to commandeer the Angus tent! It was a fitting occasion to farewell Don & Delma Robertson who have dispersed their Riverheights herd after many successful years of breeding and showing.
The Cow with calf-at-foot section was perhaps the most keenly contested with four entries. Piwakawaka Erin came out on top. Ben More Harri was a close second and had a striking CF Jim Dandie heifer calf-at-foot.
The Supreme Champion Limousin was awarded to Piwakawaka Kagan, an impressive son of Mandayen Vision Y329 and out of ROMN Justice daughter. Kagan went on to be placed 5th in the hotly contested Interbreed class.
Supreme Champion Limousin Piwakawaka Kagan
Champion Senior Limousin Piwakawaka Erin
Reserve Champion Senior Limousin Ben More Harri
Champion Junior Limousin Piwakawaka Kagan
Champion Yearling Bull Piwakawaka Kagan
Reserve Champion Yearling Bull Ben More Kowhai
Champion Yearling Heifer Ben More Keira
Reserve Champion Yearling Heifer Ben More Ku
Best Steer on Hoof (1st) Duncan James
Best Turned Out and handled Steer 18-30yrs (3rd) Phoebe James
Best Turned Out and handled Steer 18-30yrs (4rd) Duncan James
Best Turned Out and handled Steer 10-17yrs (3rd) Emma Subtil