Royal Norfolk Show: Limousin team takes top cattle prize

The first day of the Royal Norfolk Show 2016, Grand Parade of Cattle and Shire Horses around the Gra

The first day of the Royal Norfolk Show 2016, Grand Parade of Cattle and Shire Horses around the Grand Ring. Winners of the Colman Cup pictured from left Linda Lyons, Emma Bishop, Jane Baker of Colmans of Norwich, Ashley Smith and Andrew Bishop. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A well-balanced team of limousin cattle from four different counties carried off one of the Royal Norfolk Show's top livestock awards.

The Colman's Mustard Interbreed Beef Competition is judged from the best of the principal beef breeds on display, both native and continental.

This year's winners were a four-strong team of limousins – two two-year-old heifers, a two-year-old bull and a commercial cross – from four different farms.

The breeders were Ashley Smith from St Michael's Limousins in Bungay, Ben Maskell from Thorndean Farms in Sussex, Mike Dickens and family from Milton Keynes (shown by Emma Bishop), and Linda Lyons from Lincolnshire.

Mr Smith said he was thrilled to be part of the winning team. He said: 'The limousins are the number one commercial breed in the country, and they have won this prize for the second year in a row.

'We are all mainly breeding bulls for commercial purposes, so this definitely helps promote the blood-lines of our herds. We've all been in the individual classes this morning, but this is a team event so it is more about promoting the whole breed. We all pull together to pick a team of cattle that is well-balanced.'