Excerpt from The Royal Show, York Supplement, 1948The Red Poll Archive
In the old bull class two Kirton sires continued their rivalry, which was decided by Kirton Delighter being preferred to the younger Kirton Lucifer, that this time was relegated to fourth place. Kirton Delighter, now of great substance, was second 12 months previously at Lincoln, as also was Kirton Lucifer, but not in the same class as his herd companion. Sudbrook Stormer, that was third a year ago, was Reserve in his class at York. The very impressive and correct Wenhaston Churchill, whose future will be watched with much interest, had a comfortable victory in a small class of senior two-year-olds. He was Reserve male Champion, premier honours going to Kirton Delighter. The well-grown Kirton Knight Errant, one of rare promise, headed an excellent class for bulls born in the second half of the year 1946, thus emphasising his success at the recent Suffolk Show. Yearling bulls made a strong, useful, but not too level class, to the top of which came Kirton Favourite, who owed his superiority to style and symmetry. Two of the three Kirton bulls that secured first prizes were sired by Kirton Primate.
The dairy-like seven-year-old Grundisburgh Penguin, shown in excellent form, led some remarkably good animals in a splendid class for mature cows. Mistley Contrary 2nd was a clear winner in a not-too-good young cow class, the second prize in which went to Honest Peony, that won the Red Poll milking trials by giving six gallons of four per cent milk some seven months after calving. A splendid in-milk heifer class saw the sweet and nicely vesselled Kirton Medallion secure another win for her owner-breeder, whose exhibits added to their triumphs by taking both the Male and Female Championships. The beautiful youngster Kirton Medallion was Champion Female and Kirton Delighter was adjudged to be the best bull of his breed. These outstanding animals were two of the three Kirton exhibits that won for Mr Stuart Paul the “Hensham” Bowl for the best group of three, ie a male and two females.
Red Poll The introduction of milk yield standards as a condition of entry had no adverse effect on numbers and seemed to benefit uniformity. Certainly the Red Poll breed gave a splendid display and enhanced its increasing popularity. Last year reference was made to the good and shapely udders which graced the Red Poll cows at Lincoln, and it is gratifying to report that this advance was maintained at York, where the judges were well satisfied with the animals put before them.