A Moorlands farming family have come out tops at two agricultural shows with their cattle. Natalie and Joe Nicholls, who live in Freehay, along with Joe’s brother, William, have won prizes for their cattle at both the recent Ashbourne Show and also last week’s Staffordshire County Show.
A Moorlands farming family have come out tops at two agricultural shows with their cattle.
Natalie and Joe Nicholls, who live in Freehay, along with Joe’s brother, William, have won prizes for their cattle at both the recent Ashbourne Show and also last week’s Staffordshire County Show.
Natalie told the Times & Echo: “My husband Joe Nicholls and brother-in-law William’s parents had a herd of pedigree Limousin but due to divorce the herd was sold in its entirety. William has enjoyed showing from a young age.
“We then decided to start off our own herd, looking to produce animals for the pedigree market with easy calving, milk, muscle and length.
“We started the Hitchettshill Herd in 2018 buying two weaned heifers from the Dinmore herd namely Dinmore Nutella and Dinmore Onita. The Dinmore herd is a well known breeder in Herefordshire.
“The animals are kept at Hitchettshill Farm, Draycott-in-the-Clay as William has day to day care of them at home.
“William works full time on a large dairy farm, Joe is a miner for British Gypsum and I am a trainee child care lawyer.
“Every spare minute we have is spent caring for the cattle. We now have 11 animals including our first round of calves.”
Natalie continued: “We had a successful show season in 2019 where Dinmore Nutella took Limousin champion at Ashby and Ashover.
“Due to Covid-19 there have been no shows in 2020 but we were delighted when restrictions lifted and we were finally able to get out and about again.
“We have only entered two shows this year. The first being Ashbourne Show on August 21 where Dinmore Phionah went on to take supreme beef champion.
“We then attended Staffordshire County Show this week where Dinmore Phionah was made reserve female champion.
“William has a great passion for ensuring the animals are ready to show to a high standard.
“Pedigree Limousin are a passion not just a hobby. We hope to continue to grow our herd and continue to do well in the show ring.”
SEE next week’s paper (September 8 edition) for a further picture special feature from this year’s Staffordshire County Show.
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