3000 Miles I will never forget…

Hi All

It still shocks me today the amount of people that come up to me to talk about Jack’s Journey. It was a trip that I will never forget due to the people I met, the experience I gained and also for the money I raised for two great charities helping the farming community; RABI, RSABI.

Here are some pictures from the tour which bring back memories for me and hopefully some memories you have when meeting me at your local market:





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National Young Stars

Hello All,

One of my favourite events is about to begin once again in partnership with the Three Counties Agricultural Society. The National Young Stars is an event takes place tomorrow the 22nd August and Wednesday 23rd August on the Three Counties Showground with youngsters aged as young as 8 to aged 24. There are 5 different sections with all of them brimming with young butchers to experienced cattle handlers.

Last year the show displayed the great amount of young talent with many of the young exhibitors having success in the show rings around the UK this season. Winning the Beef Challenge last year was the Limmy Lads whom were three cattle breeders in their own rights; John Graham, Andrew Adam and Tom Illingworth. They were sponsored by the British Limousin Cattle Society and I look forward to seeing who wins this year and all the competitors trying their best. This year three excellent judges will put the youngsters through their paces. Coming from Aberdeenshire Mr Harry Emsile will be judging the Ring Craft and Stock judging sections with the Clipping and Presentation being judged by Cameron Jackson from Lanark and Alistair Smith from Nottinghamshire.

The Young Dairy Challenge has been growing in popularity with UK Jerseys taking the championship with a trio of girls; Emily Davis, Abi Marshall and Becky Walters whom were all sponsored by the Jersey Cattle Society. It is also great to see the West Midlands Holstien Club holding a small but competitive calf show. The Young Sheep Challenge is one of my favourite section being a sheep farmer myself and I look forward to seeing who wins this year with We’ve Got the Blues winning last year with their Blue Texel lambs being exhibited by Chris Davies, Angharrad Francis and Rhys Francis with the Blue Texel Sheep Society Sponsoring the team. Winning the Young Pig Challenge last year was a team with a great name – The 3 Oinkers which consisted of Ella Kirtley, Sarah Whitley and Oliver Lightfoot. I wonder who will win this year?

The Young Butcher Challenge has grown in popularity with double the entries this year. It always amazes me how they can prepare such great joints and present them so tidally with Brady Bowman winning the section last year sponsored by Bates Butchers of Atherstone. Unfortunately there isn’t an auctioneers section this year however there will be an auction taking place on Wednesday conducted by Clive Roads.

I hope to see plenty of you around on Wednesday and to enter onto the showground you need £0 as the event is free. So why don’t you come down and support the farmers of the next generation because without youngster coming into the business there will be no farming happening.



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National Young Stars

Good Evening,
An exciting opportunity has arisen to compete at the National Young Stars at the Three Counties Showground in August.
The National Young Stars committee are looking for competitors in the Young Auctioneer competition which will be taking place on Wednesday 23rd August.
For this year only they are offering a 100% discount meaning you can enter for £0.
This is a great chance to show your talents in front of the agricultural media and you will be put through your paces by experts from the industry.
Judging the Auctioneering section is the Livestock Auctioneers Association Chief Executive Chris Dodds. Unfortunately there are not enough young auctioneers in the country and this is a great place to show off your skills to industry experts and you never know perhaps your future employers. All you will have to do is value and judge some livestock, identify some items of deadstock, conduct a mock auction in front of a captive audience and also do a small interview. The competition welcomes those with no experience at all but have a desire to become an auctioneer, to a young auctioneer who hasn’t had more than 3 years experience. There will be lots of friendly advice along the way so don’t be nervous of entering. The only rules are that you have to be 22 years old or younger.
If you interested in entering or want to know more information then don’t hesitate to email me or ring me on 07739 440457.
It would be great to get the RAU represented at the event and a great opportunity to enhance your CV.
Many Thanks
Jack Walton
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One Year On…

Hello All,

One year ago today I started my charity journey from Dingwall in the north of Scotland to Truro in the South West of England travelling over 3000 miles and visiting 25 livestock markets along the way. I was raising money for the RABI and the RSABI with all money being spilt 50/50 between the two charities except any cheques or donations which had been written directly to one of the two charities. It still amazes me that even today I am getting people coming up to me and asking me how it went and whether or not I enjoyed it. I am not lying when I say I had an amazing time and learnt a great deal about both charities and I hope the people I met along to way also learnt something new too. I hope that this blog will jog your memories if I met you during my journey or if you were following my progress on my blog. I know for a fact that I had viewers from 16 different countries including UK, US, France, Ireland, Belgium, Russia, Portugal, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Isle of Man, Kenya, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia during July and August last year.

It all began in Dingwall on Tuesday 19th July 2016 when I was given a great welcome by all of the team and was lucky enough to sell the first pen of lambs. Before I was taken to the rostrum I was given a full market tour by the managing director Ian Tolmie and auctioneer Paul Spencer. I have been lucky in my life to have visited many markets but I have to say this has to be one of my all-time favourites. There are many reasons for this but one of the main reasons is Countryside surrounding the market. I know I was very lucky that the weather was perfect too. I set out a target to raise £50 per market however after selling the first pen of lambs for £104 each and the commission going to the charities and donations from the farmers at the market meant that my end of day total was £231.74. I was shocked and thought that this was a one off and would be the amount to beat.

The following day I travelled to Forfar Livestock Market in torrential rain. I knew that I would not be auctioneering on this day however I did a lot of fundraising and asked the two auctioneers to mention about the trip which really helped and also got the message out about the charities. There was a great display of butchers cattle and a small but quality show of lambs with the overall SQQ for lambs being 193ppk. After some hard bucket shaking I was lucky to enough to raise a little less than Dingwall however a very respectable £191.71.


Auctioneer at Forfar selling Cattle

On the Thursday I travelled to Stirling Livestock Market which is a market I have been to many times in my life and is where the famous Stirling Bull Sales take place. I was fortunate enough to know two of the main auctioneers at Stirling and when I arrived I was put straight to work. It was great to learn how different markets run and was interesting to see how the auctioneers sort out the lambs before the sale. The auctioneers know the type of lambs that will sell well and they also know which buyer will most likely buy the pen. I was presented a cheque from the market and went around with my bucket and raised a new record of £274.98 which again was a lot more than I expected especially when I didn’t sell anything. Remember I was only hoping to raise £50 per market which would be £150 so far however after being at three markets I had raised £698.43 which is equivalent to visiting around 14 markets if I had raised what I was thinking I would.

I then went onto visit a store market down in Northumberland which again was a market I had visited many times in my life however it was a great to be back. It is a great market with stock being brought in from all over Northumberland and surrounding counties. It was really good to catch up with farmers that I haven’t seen for a while and they were all very generous. I raised a total of £227.46 and was able to auction two pens of store lambs which was another fantastic experience.

After making the long journey from Hexham, Northumberland to Shrewsbury, Shropshire I went and visited Shrewsbury Livestock Market on the Saturday. The mart was playing host to the annual National Show and Sale for the Suffolk Sheep Society where my family had 4 ram lambs for sale. I was very kindly allowed to set my stand up by the auction side however I was very busy helping my uncle get the sheep ready for sale I left the bucket on the canteen and on my table. The auctioneers very kindly mentioned my trip during the sale which got many people talking and after the sale I had lots of donations from fellow Suffolk breeders. After a great day in the sale ring for my uncle with all four lambs selling for over 1000gns with two of them making 4000gns each; I was also very lucky to have raised £120.36.

I will be doing a blog in a weeks’ time to review my journey but I must thank everyone who allowed me to stay at their homes, to everyone who donated money and to everyone who gave me support throughout the journey.



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Charollais Sheep Sale

Hi All
Bit of a different blog this week. I am going to give you a report on a sale I watched online from Portugal when I was on holiday this past weekend. Hopefully this will give you an insight into how the sale went and what the top prices were. Remember that 1gns is £1.05.

A new Breed Record was set at the annual Premier Sale of Charollais Sheep at Worcester Livestock Market on Saturday. Miss A Moseley consigned Knockin Shockin’ who was placed first in its class in the pre sale show by the judge, went on to become Ram Lamb Champion, then Male Champion and finally Overall Supreme Champion. When the auctioneer at McCartneys Clive Roads started to ask for bids at 20,000gns the large crowd that had gathered to watch the sale just laughed however when Mr Roads finally knocked it down at 25,000gns the crowd went into spontaneous appolouse and it was announced as a new Breed Record. The lamb was sired by Oakchurch Ruben and was the flocks highest index lamb this year with an index of 377.33. The lamb was sold to the Edstaston Flock owned by R S & J A Gregory who commented after the sale that he has followed and liked this lamb for a long time. All of Miss Moseleys lambs sold in excess of 1000gns with Knockin Snap making 6000gns.

The previous breed record was set in 2008 for 10,500gns.

Other high prices in the sale came from the like of Mr Justin Evans of the Sant Andras with his excellent early December born lamb; Sant Andras Sergeant Major (lot 41) sired by Rhaeader Prince. This lamb caught the eye of many bidders with Michael Power (Southern Ireland) claiming the final bid of 9000gns.

The Brettles Flock got off to a great start with their second lamb into the ring; Brettles Sherman by Rainbow Road to Utopia sold for the regular consigners Mr and Mrs M Rusgbrooke for 7000gns to the Glyn Coch flock and the Wernfawr flock.

The Wernfawr flock sold a strong lamb by a homebred sire: Wernfawr Nijinsky. He sold for 7000gns to Tim Pritchard, Castlellau Flock and Emyr Hughes, Bronwydd Flock.

Mr D B Roberts had a great run of strong ram lambs with his final lot (lot 167) Boyo Super Ted sired by Aberkinsey Nitrogen and made 5500gns selling to local breeder Ben James, Tenbury Wells.

The Dalby flock from Mr Charles Sercombe were also in the top prices with their substitute lot 54a Dalby Sherman making 5100gns which was sired by the homebred sire Dalby Ranier. This lamb was the highest performance indexed lamb to be sold at the sale selling to Charles Marwood.

From R S & J A Gregory was Edstaston San Miguel whose dam was the prolific show winner over the last few years winning many interbreed. This lamb was sired by Bronwydd Pride of Pembroke sold for 4200gns to Northern Ireland Breeders McConnell Brothers. Edstaston Sotogrande (lot 121) was another from Robert Gregory, which was sired by Skelton Whin Oddysey whose progeny last year sold to 3700gns however it was topped this year when this December born lamb sold for 4000gns to Messrs JDR & JL Corbett of the Wedderburn Flock and Dewi Evans from Anglesey.

In the Aged and Shearling Rams there was keen competition for strong shapey sheep with the top price of 3400gns going to two rams which were both consigned by Messrs Gregor and Bruce Ingram who travelled down from Scotland. Loanhead Renegade heading across the water to T F Duncan from County Antrim and Lot 33 Loanhead Ringleader which took the Champion Shearling Ram and Reserve Supreme Ram rosettes in the show on Friday selling to Glyn Meyrick from Oxfordshire.

On Friday night was the night where the society celebrated 40th anniversary of when the Charollais Sheep were brought over to the UK and in honour of this they had a great sale of Breeding Females. The top price went to Ringclare Rionach from first time consigners the Malcomson family from Nothern Ireland. After some fierce bidding Clie Roads knocked her down for 3000gns to Jan and Andrew Walton of the Rainbow Flock.


25 Shearling Ewes averaged £1104.50 (clearance rate 89%)

3 Senior Rams averaged £535 (clearance rate 100%)

30 Shearling Rams averaged £1225.70 (clearance rate 88%)

121 Ram Lambs averaged £1617.00 (clearance rate 90%)

My next blog will look back at my tour that I did this time last year.


All information was believed to be correct at time of writing.

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Photos – RTCS

Hello All

I can’t believe that the show is over for another year and if you are in the same position as me why don’t you look through some photos of this years show. I have included many links on this blog which have photos from the show:

Country Girl Media: https://gallery.countrygirlmedia.co.uk/threecountiesshow-2017/

Robert Smith Photography: https://robsmithphotography.smugmug.com/June-2017/Royal-Three-Counties-Show-June-16th-2017/

MacGregor Photography: http://www.macgregorphotography.com/galleries/

Farmers Guardian: https://farmersguardian.smugmug.com/Showsandevents/Three-Counties-Show-2017/

If you know of any other websites with photos on please let me know and I will add them onto this post.



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Day Three – RTCS


Well that’s the Royal Three Counties Show over for another year and what a year it has been!!! I would say the best show of livestock seen on the showground for many a year and the sun shone from as soon as we opened the gates on Friday morning to when they closed on Sunday tonight.

Sunday has been the National Rare Breeds and Minority Breed Show for many years and this year was no difference. Around 1000 sheep, 150 cattle and 280 pigs were on display with judging starting in the sheep lines at 08:00 with the conclusion taking place in the sheep interbreed at 14:30 which was judged by Mr Adam Henson. Adam had a very hard decision to make when deciding which breed would be the overall champion. He made his decision in placing the Kerry Hill from Mr S Jones who was showing at the show for the first year ever. The yearling ewe bought last year from J Crews as a ewe lamb was described by Adam as an amazing example of the breed and wished he had her in his flock. The reserve championship went to the Border Leicester from Mr D Grinnall which was also bought as a Ewe Lamb and the family hope for great results at the next show at the Royal Welsh.

In the cattle lines the championship today was won by the Irish Moiled from C & M Ball which also went on to win the Champions of Champions in the main arena during the Grand Parade. The reserve championship went to the Red Poll which in the pairs they went onto win the championship with the reserve going to the Belted Galloway team.

In the supreme sheep pairs (main show) the judge Mr D Rossiter travelled from Devon to judge this section. It was a very hard choice in both sections with the terminal sired section going into the rings first with his line up consisting of British Berrichon, British Charollais, Blue Texel and the Rouge. Mr Rossiter made his final decision in the placing the British Charollais pair from Mr P Tait in first place with the Blue Texel from Ryhs Cooke in reserve. In the Other Sheep Breeds Championship the line up was made of the Jacob, Kerry Hill, Coloured Ryeland, Ryeland and Blue du Maine with his decision being made in placing the Blue Du Maine as champion from Mrs S Shone and Mr P Tait. The Coloured Ryeland pairing was placed in reserve.

The Overall Supreme Sheep Pairs Championship was awarded to the Charollais pairing (Shearling Ewe and Shearling Ram) with the Blue Texel (Shearling Ram and Aged Ewe) being placed in reserve.


Here is a final list of the champions. If I have missed the breed you are looking for please click the link (http://www.threecountiesonline.co.uk/frmSearchPrizes.aspx) as I haven’t got all the breed results at home tonight.



Hereford – M J Clark (3)

Aberdeen Angus – P C Stovald & Son (108)

Beef Shorthorn – Mr R F Leach (236)

British Blonde – Mr Thomas (245)

British Blue – R Millichap (334)

British Charolais – Mr and Mrs White (336)

British Limousin – Paul Dawes (366)

British Simmental – Boddington Estates Limited (412)

British White – Delamore Farms Ltd (457)

Devon – Stonegrove Livestock (474)

Highland – Mr D Howden and Mr J Brewer (514)

Longhorn – J S & J W Brigg (542)

Murray Grey – Otter & Co (559)

South Devon – Mells Park Trust (604)

Belted Galloway – D & J Galloway

Any Other Beef Breed – E & P Evans (639)

Dual Purpose Cattle

Gloucester – Mr C Freeman (676)

Dexters – Mr L Digweed (691)


Beltex – Tippetts and Williams (79)

British Berrichon – L A & M A Holtom & Son (141)

Blue Texel – Mr Cooke (249)

Blue Du Maine – Mr P Tait (292)

British Charollais – C A Sercombe (340)

Clun Forest – I T Davies & Son (407)

Dorset Down – Mr B Lugsdon (438)

Hampshire Down – A G & M Pink (438)

Leicester Longwool – Miss D Stanhope (535)

Llyen – P & C Andrews (576)

Oxford Down – J W & M S F Brown (618)

Shropshire – Stonegrove Livestock (633)

Southdown – J & C & S Long (732)

Suffolk – W H Sinnett & Sons (798)

Texel – Corfield &Partners (879)

Zwartbles – Mr G Addison (931)

Badger Face Welsh Mountain – Mr A Groucott (972)

Black Welsh Mountain – Will update as soon as I get the information

Cotswold – Will update as soon as I get the information

Dorset Horn & Poll Dorset – Will update as soon as I get the information

Exmoor Horn – Will update as soon as I get the information

Jacob – Will update as soon as I get the information

Kerry Hill – Mr S Jones (1315)

Ryeland – Mrs A Robinson (1385)

Coloured Ryeland – Will update as soon as I get the information

Teeswater – Will update as soon as I get the information

Wiltshire Horn – B & H Thomas (1497)

Any Other Native Breed – M R Thomas and D P Bevon [Hill Radnor] (1551)

Any Other Continental – Mr Percy Tait [British Rouge] (1651)

RBST Sheep

Whitefaced Woodland – Mr R F Price (556)

Teeswater – Mr C Stacey (785)

Cotswold – Miss D Stanhope (622)

Galway – Mr E R Tucker (643)

Greyface Dartmoor – S James (690)

Leicester Longwool – Miss D Stanhope (737)

Black Leicester – (757)

Lincoln Longwool – Mrs P & D Simpson (778)

Any Other Longwool – Mr A Fisher [Wenslydale] (821)

Manx Loaghton – Mr J Holroyd (896)

North Ronaldsay – Marywell Primitives (919)

Soay – Mrs S Hendri (963)


Tamworth – A J & E Brown (236)

British Lop – Trevaski Farms (82)

Large Black – Mrs A Smith (301)

Welsh – Mr G Bemand (257)

British Landrace – Mr M Brown (279)

RBST Cattle

Traditional Hereford – F W Cook & Son (61)

Beef Shorthorn – Paul Dawes (4)

Glouscester – Mr C Phillips (24)

Irish Moiled – C & M Bale (38)

Red Poll – J & C Daw (54)

Belted Galloway – D & J Galloway (81)

British White – A S & R G Hamilton (108)

Longhorn – Mr D Howden (136)

Dexter – Mr J & Mrs M Bennett (114)

Any of Rare Breed – Mr & Mrs Bunning (150)

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