First Limousin Prize Show to take place at Bishops Castle

In what is hoped will be an annual event, the first Limousin Society Prize Show and Sale is to be held at the Bishops Castle Sale of Suckled Calves and Weanlings on Thursday 21st November.

Sponsored by the British Limousin Cattle Society, the prizes will be awarded for the best pen of four or more Steers sired by a Registered Limousin bull and for the best pen of four or more Heifers sired by a Registered Limousin bull. The prize money of £350 has been put forward by the Society with the aim of promoting the breed as it approaches the 50th anniversary of being introduced to the UK. The Limousin Society is keen to put something back into the sector, as it is acutely aware of the difficulties that breeders and feeders are currently experiencing, with beef prices at an all-time low and further pressures from TB restrictions and competition from low priced imported beef.

Bishops Castle has a close relationship with the Limousin Breed, as one of the first farmers to import Limousin into the UK in 1971, was Jack Bedell of Bishops Castle. His son, Simon Bedell, who still breeds Limousins there today commented: “At the time Aberdeen Angus and Herefords were popular, but my father decided to bring Limousins into the country, because they were medium sized, easy calving with superior carcass conformation and a high lean meat yield.

“In the 48 years since arriving in the UK, Limousins are now its most popular beef breed, in 1986 it became the most sought after for beef AI and by 1998 was the largest in number too.

“My father was the first Chairman of the British Limousin Cattle Society and was a real ambassador for the breed. There was no need to do much marketing, as farmers saw how popular they were at the market, and this meant that others quickly followed suit.”

James Evans, Auctioneer and Director of Halls added: “When Bishops Castle market closed in the early 1970s Jack Bedell was one of the main forces helping Halls get it back up and running. The market re-opened in 1978 and is renowned for the quality of its store cattle. Farming has changed a lot since then but Jack was a man ahead of his time. We’re very pleased to host our first Limousin Society Prize Show and Sale on 21st November and we hope to see a great entry of suckled calves, both in terms of numbers and quality come forward for the sale. Good luck to Simon and all the other vendors.”

Entries for the Sale close on Thursday 14th November. The judge is Mr Ben Attewell from Monmouth and the judging will take place from 09:00am, with the sale starting at 10.30am prompt. Enquiries to Bishops Castle Market on 01588 638755 or James Evans 07581 552438 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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This old photograph captures three chairmen of Halls at Bishops Castle Livestock Market, with Allen Gittins in the white coat on the left, Peter Willcock (centre) selling cattle and Tom Gittins standing to the right of the rostrum

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James Evans at Bishops Castle Market today

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