Judge Phil David, of the butchers at Darts Farm, Topsham, near Exeter, deliberated long and hard before selecting his champion – a Limousin cross Blue heifer named Jet from John Bown, of Mendip Farm, Catcott, near Bridgwater.
Mr David said it had been a tremendous show of cattle and he could have picked any of the top four animals as his champion.
He certainly backed his judgement by bidding £3,100 in the sale ring to take home the winning animal.
Commencing the sale, auctioneer Jeremy Bell of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, described the heifer as an outstanding winner. She tipped the scales at 589 kgs.
The champion haltered beast was shown by last year’s winner Daniel Cox, 16, of Stawell, near Bridgwater, who had to content himself with a class win this year with his Limousin cross steer Red Rebel. He had used his prize money from last year’s event to invest in Red Rebel and another animal.
The reserve champion and the sum of £250 went to the appropriately named Little Miss Fabulous. Megan Chilcott and Percy Clatworthy, aged 10, of East Huntspill, showed this excellent blonde cross heifer. The pair had used Christmas money from their granny, Betty Norman, of Puriton, to buy the animal. The heifer tipped the scales at 552kgs. She sold to Puxton Park for £2,500.
Rob Venner, Managing Partner of Sedgemoor Market for Greenslade Taylor Hunt commented: “I am delighted to report that this year's South West Winter Fair was the best yet. I was very impressed with both the excellent entry in terms of numbers and also the superb quality of cattle, sheep and pigs on show. Vendors must be congratulated for all their endeavours and for creating such a wonderful day."
In the baby beef steer category Austin Lockyer, of East Huntspill, took top spot with his British Blue cross steer Apache, while Georgina Pengelly, of Cullompton, took the prize in the heifer contest with Ivy, a Limousin cross heifer. She was also crowned Champion, with Apache as the reserve.
Lin Calcraft, of Payhembury, near Honiton, took the honours in the home bred and fed contest. She won £500 with Ace of Spades, a magnificent Blue cross steer.
In a fiercely fought sausage contest butcher Tim Potter, of Wellington, clinched the overall champion cup and the prize for the best speciality sausages with his smoked bacon, pork and tomato offering. Three other speciality flavours from Mr Potter were given Gold awards. Regency Butchers, of Bridgwater, won the traditional pork sausage competition.
The presentation of awards will take place on Thursday 8th December at Somerset County Cricket Club.