Champion Baby Beef
There will be intense interest from both sides of the Irish Sea, when Sky Walker steps out at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair this year. The January 2014-born Limousin-cross steer was last year’s Champion Baby Beef and attracted rival bidding between the Irish and Welsh at the subsequent auction.
Successful bidder, Robert Elias, with a firm eye on this year’s Supreme Cattle Championship, was determined to buy him, even at £6,000, the top price paid for an animal at the 2014 Fair. Robert’s daughter, 18 year old Sioned Elias, will lead him into the ring, as she did at this year’s Royal Welsh Show, where he took Commercial Championship Reserve Steer.
Sky Walker, bred by Bowen and Bowen of Welshpool, has since won a championship at Shrewsbury and Sioned was due to show him at the full run of Winter livestock shows. The family run the Cennin herd of 90 cross bred Limousin x Belgian Blue and x British Blue at Garndolbenmaen as well as thirty Limousin heifers and six or seven pure bred Charolais.
Robert Elias is quietly hopeful as this year’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair approaches: “He was the best bullock that had been in the Royal Welsh Winter Fair for quite a number of years. He just caught my eye and if I like something I get it. A lot of buyers from Ireland also wanted to buy him, so there was a lot of friendly national rivalry.
“It was better for us to keep him in Wales than to let him go to Ireland! He is one hell of a carcass and at twenty months was still the weight of a butcher’s carcass, not overweight, not very big.
”He’s lean, with no weight at all on him. I’m quite confident about his chances at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, but it all depends on the judge on the day!”