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Deja vu for sach winners in chwerthin showdown; Joy for Ty Cerrig as favourite bombs out.

Byline: ANDREW FORGRAVE

FATSTOCK specialists Dylan and Yvonne Hughes punched the air in delight after an almost perfect day in the show ring yesterday.

The couple from Ty Cerrig, Llangwm, matched last year's reserve supreme title and walked away with the Baby Beef championship.

On a day when the pre-show favourite bombed, North Wales genetics fuelled the supreme beast, Sinser, a 17-month-old Limousin cross heifer from Christopher Owens.

Dad Michael shopped at Ruthin Potential sale for the heifer's dam, Sarkley Pepsi, and sourced its sire from T & J Derosa, Erbistock, Wrexham.

Yvonne Hughes was delighted to have proved a point by winning the Baby Beef sash with a homebred beast, 11-month-old Miss 2011, a 391kg heifer by a Belgian Blue.

She said: "We're keeping the heifers from last year, and this, and will be looking to produce show potential cattle for others.

"We're also thinking of doing bed and breakfast for heifers."

The couple are prepared to buy quality and the policy paid off again with Red Hot, a 12-monthold, 564kg Limousin cross heifer bred by Brian Griffiths, Kerry, and secured at Ruthin in February for pounds 910.

Welshpool butcher Alan Davies, the judge, admitted he prefers heifers in his shop and so called in Red Hot to stand as overall reserve.

It matched her result at Anglesey a fortnight ago and was Ty Cerrig's second Winter Fair reserve in succession, leaving Yvonne with mixed emotions.

"It would have been great to have gone one better but we are delighted with the result," she said. First task was to text son Sion, 18, currently shearing in New Zealand. "Brill," was the instant reply.

In the steer championship there was a ripple of surprise when Jager Bomb, the 10-title winning Limousin cross bullock from Tecwyn Jones, Ty Newydd, Nebo, was unplaced.

It was perhaps a show too far for the show ring superstar, but Tecwyn could barely conceal his disappointment.

"I've been showing for 25 years and you have to take the rough with the smooth," he said.

Instead it was Berwyn Hughes'' Mr Curly Wurly, a homebred 528kg Limousin cross from Lampeter, who led the steer section ahead of BE Williams'' Col Powerhouse Frigate.

With Machynlleth butcher Wil Lloyd Williams casting his eye over the lamb pairs, it was no great surprise when he opted for a butchers weight pair as his supreme champions.

The almost pure Beltex duo were fielded by John and Peter Hall, Carlisle, who duly doubled up with the reserve title.

Fresh from their native hill title at Anglesey a fortnight ago, Dyfed and Rowena Rowlands again blazed a trial at Llanelwedd with their Badger Face ewe lamb pair.

The Gaerwen couple, best known for their 40-head Black Welsh Mountain flock, also keep a handful of Badgers "as a hobby".

In September Dyfed spotted a nice pair at Bryncir - and his judgement proved spot on.

"But just because they're a nice pair in the sale ring doesn't mean they will grow well together or handle well as a pair," he said.

Yesterday, however, they won their section. The secret? A light covering of glitter sprayed on the lambs' fleeces.

"Well, it is Christmas," said Dyfed.

farming@dailypost.co.uk ROYAL WELSH WINTER FAIR IN PICTURES BY ROBERT PARRYJONES Supreme Interbreed and Reserve Interbreed Sheep Champions Beltex Ewe Lambs from R Hall and Son. Inglewood Edge, Dalston, Carlisle, Cumbria with handlers (L/R) John Hall, Gareth Davies, Johnny Aiken and Joanne Hall David Andrew from Welshpool pictured with his award winning 'White Leghor' Cockerel Reserve Cattle Champion 'Red Hot' Limousin Heifer born 15-10-10 from Dylan Hughes, Ty Cerrig, Llangwm, Corwen Beef Cattle being judged in the main ring of the Winter Fair on the final day of Show 10 year old William Myers from Wrexham pictured with his prize winning Junior Waterfowl Calder Duck ar Supreme Cattle Champion 17-month-old 'Sinser' Limousin X British Blue Heifer with brothers Christopher and Andrew Owens of Glantre, Pontsian, Llandysul Huw Lloyd with daughter Llio, of Garthiaen Farm, Llandrillo, Corwen won the Sheep Native Hill title with his Hardy Welsh Mountain Ram Lambs Beef Cattle being judged in the main ring of the Winter Fair on the final day of Show

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Julie Evans, of Bryngolau, Llanfihangel, Llanfyllin, Powys with 'Gwenllan Brinmor'' foal, winning the Section D Championship of Show Pictures: ROBERT PARRYJONES
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