Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Thrunton Steals Show

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Thrunton Steals Show

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Byline: By Anna Lognonne

Northumbrian-bred Charolais bull Thrunton Scania took the limelight at The Royal Show at Warwickshire this week.

Bred by the Alnwick based Campbell family - Ian, John and their father Colin - he took the supreme Charolais male award and was placed in overall reserve breed position in the final line up.

Exhibited by his new owners David and Marjorie Stobart, of Cracrop, Brampton, the 20-month-old Scania was purchased from the Campbells in Perth in February for 11,000gns, the day's third highest price. He was also awarded the reserve junior and overall reserve championship at the event.

"His overall correctness and impressive breeding, combined with his weight for age - 1.98kg at 400 days - the highest recorded by any bull entered in the event, made him irresistible to buy to run with our 40 cow pedigree herd," said David.

Scania, in the breed's top 1pc with a Beef Value of CH37, is very closely related to the Campbells' 25,000gns October 2002 champion and has some of the most noted genetics in the breed.

He was by the 25,000gns Mowbraypark Orlando who secured the Perth title in 1999, his dam goes back to the 20,000gns Perth champion Moncur General, his grandsires were the 16,000gns Brampton Embark and the 33,000gns Balmyle Champion. Scania was also closely related to Thrunton Socrates, who took supreme junior championship in 2002 for the Campbells.

For the Stobarts, it was only their second 480 mile round trip to exhibit at the Royal. Their first, more than 20 years ago, was equally successful when they took the reserve Ayrshire breed title. Cumbria was also represented in the British Charolais Cattle Society's young breeders' top judging awards.

Marjorie Millar, of Jenkin Cross, Wigton, was third in the senior section.

In 2000 she teamed up with Neil Young of Wigton to win the overall award and was among the placings in the individual cattle judging section for girls. …

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