HE’S a huge champion – and he’s following in his mum’s hoofprints!
Holtstead Cracker lived up to his name when he scooped a clutch of awards at the 150th Great Yorkshire Show, visited by the Queen.
And, fittingly, his prizes now line up at his Holmfirth farm home alongside those won by his mum, Holtstead Velvet, two years ago.
Cracker is a Charolais bull, owned by farmer Fred Andrews. He runs F and J Andrews at Holt Farm in Holt Lane, Holmfirth, where they have a 30-strong herd.
Fred’s daughter Emma proudly led Holtstead Velvet to victory two years ago but was unable to be at the prestigious show this week as her first child is due any day now.
She handed over the halter to family friend Harvey Wood and he led Cracker to triumphs in both the Male and Junior Breed Championships.
It was still not enough for the 18-month-old youngster, who then went on to take the Reserve Junior Interbreed and with stock from other herds, teamed up to take the Junior Group Interbreed title.
Emma, who won a BSc degree in agriculture at Harper Adams University, said: “We are all delighted.
“It’s great that he has followed in his mother’s footsteps.
“We have only been showing for about four years so to win these titles in two years at the Great Yorkshire Show is wonderful.
“Charolais are a muscular, strong breed with a big beef yield and are lovely beasts.
“You do get the odd one with an odd temperament, but Velvet and Cracker are really docile.”
Charolais cattle were introduced to the UK from Europe in the 1950s.
There are more than 1.2m Charolais in France but there are also herds across Europe, South America and the United States.