Video: Crowds see Bolshoi trample opposition at Gt Yorkshire Show

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It IS perhaps the most highly sought-after prize in Yorkshire agriculture.

The Supreme Interbreed Beef Championship, crowning the best beef animal in the show, attracted the usual vast crowds around the cattle ring.

Picture by Simon Hulme

Picture by Simon Hulme

This year the title was taken by an eight-year-old limousin from Chesham, in Buckinghamshire

Bolshoi, owned by Doug Mash, is no stranger to Great Yorkshire Show success, having taken the breed championship at the event just two years ago.

Speaking to The Yorkshire Post following his victory, Mr Mash conceded that this triumphant outing for the veteran beast could well be her last.

“We are not quite sure yet, but this might be her last one.

“We have not made our minds up completely but this could well be the final one.

“We are obviously delighted. We have exhibited at the show many, many times but we really did not expect to win, especially with cattle being here from all over the country.”

Mr Mash, who runs 60 cows at his home farm, said that Bolshoi’s proud success on the Great Yorkshire Show stage could simply be atttributed to good genetics and, what he called a “good jockey”, referring to his stockman Ben Bellew.

The reserve was taken by the Galloway named Nerris 1307, owned by Jim Ross who had travelled down from his farm in Dumfires and Galloway in Scotland for the show.

“She took reserve champion at the Highland Show and was native breed champion here last year,” he told The Yorkshire Post.

“We are obviously delighted.

“I have been here so many times I have lost count.”

Ring announcer Mike Keeble, kept the crowd entertained during the judging process by taking them through what the officials were looking for and what it takes to breed a championship winning animal.

“What a fantastic display of cattle,” he told the crowd.

“I knew the Galloway would be there or thereabouts.

“A fantastic advertisement for what we can do as farmers in this country.”