TYNEDALE farmers turned out for this year’s Royal Highland Show, both in and out of the ring.

After sweeping the board at this year’s County Show with their Moralee herd of Herefords, Tom and Di Harrison’s beasts continued to catch the judges eyes at the RHS.

In the Junior Bull Class, Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks took the reserve title in the biggest bull class of the day, followed by his brother Roland Rat.

Together, the two homebred bulls were also named Reserve Best Pair.

“Rebel Kicks is just the right type of bull,” Tom said. “He’s got serious width, he’s well balanced, and he’s very good on his legs.

“We were actually thinking of selling him after he took best in class, male champion and reserve champion at the County Show because we knew that he would be in demand,” Tom said. “But we’re quite attached now, and we’re of keeping him on the show team. Although everything is on sale for a price.”

The fifteen-month has just come back from Stafford County Show, where he took the champion male title. This summer he’ll be shown at the Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh Show too, where Tom said he hoped Rebel would continue his winning streak.

1 Kimberly, who derived from the Moralee Hereford but was sold to Lancashire farmer Phil Martindale of Twinshock Herefords in February, also took second place in her class, which Tom described as a “very proud moment” for the pair.

“You do shows to firstly get your name out there, but also to see your stock do well, and we got to do both which was great,” he said.

In the North of England Mule (NEMSA) section, the Champion title went out of the patch to Cockermouth sheep breeder Neil Marston, but the J Lee & Son Perpetual Challenge Cup, was presented by Hexham farmer Peter Lee, of Morley Hill, Whitfield.

Peter, a dyed-in-the-wool stalwart of NEMSA, has represented the association at the show for the pas seven years, presenting the coveted trophy has been presented to the Mule champion.

He made his decision this year from a total of 69 entries in the four show classes, comprising of 35 ewe lambs, 19 hoggs and lambs, seven geld hoggs and five ewes and lambs, which was the the highest record for the category to date.

The Ridley family, of Shitlington Hall, near Wark, were amongst the competitors, with their mule ewe lamb falling sixth in its class, behind a lamb put forward by Wark farmer Martyn Archer of Carry House, Wark, which came third.