Will.I.Am's top of the stocks.
A PRODUCTIVE breeder-producer partnership bore fruit yet again as Llanrwst's Tecwyn Jones claimed his fifth National Spring Spectacular title at the 2014 NBA Beef Expo.
This time however he had to settle for the reserve championship at Carlisle behind the supreme champion, Neil Slack's black Limousin-sired heifer Watabootie, from Penrith.
Weighing 669kg, the 23-month-old was bought for 5,200gns at Penrith last February from breeders W Richardson & Sons, Cumbria.
Judge Philip Parrot awarded the reserve sash to the steer leader Will.I.Am, from Tecwyn, of Ty Newydd, Nebo.
The 15-month-old, 513kg steer is by the British Blue sire, Bringlee Waldo, and out of a British Blue x cow.
He was bred by Trevor Jones, Bodychain, Caernarfon, who has supplied several of Tecwyn's title-winning animals.
It was the first outing for Will.I.Am and the judge, Philip Parrot, said he "wasn't quite there" yet.
The steer will now head to the Royal Welsh and Mr Parrot expects him to be a serious contender on the winter fatstock circuit.
Tecwyn's son Llyr collected second place in the U17 young handlers, with Eye Catcher. So too did Cai Edwards from Pencraig Fawr, Betws GG, in the U22 young handlers, with Miss Peugeot.
Among those winning red cards at the event was G & E Jones, of Llantrisant, Holyhead, with Limousin-sired heifer Fancy That, and JM & SM Rowlands, Llanidloes, with Star Dust in the Any Other Continental heifer class..
Another winner was Gwanwyn Rowlands, of Tyn Fedw, Bethel, Bala, whose April 2013-born Gwylliad Coch topped the Under 500kg Limousin steer class.
Will.I.Am with Tecwyn and Phillip Parrott