Highland cattle made a big impression at the Royal Welsh Show for a husband and wife team from Herefordshire.

Duncan and Anglea Handley, of Quarry Farm in Dorstone, picked up a large number of rosettes at the event near Builth Wells including winning the reserve female championship with threeyear- old Una Eiteag of Gilden Vale and the bull of any age championship with Padruaig Dubh of Gilden Vale.

The 17-month-old went on to win breed champion of all the Highlands.

“We had a Scottish judge down to do the judging and she was very complimentary about our animals altogether,” said Duncan.

“In total we won 17 rosettes.”

Duncan acquired Highland cattle following a long term admiration for the breed.

“It is a breed I have always liked ever since I was a young lad,” he said.

“We have a nice bit of land here, 40 acres, across the top of the Golden Valley and they suit this sort of area.

“They are outside all year long.

They never go inside. They can stand all the cold and snow, and whatever is thrown at them.

“They are also a very placid animal.”

Earlier this year at the the Royal Welsh Spring Festival the couple impressed show judges with their yearling heifer Highland Cattle Jarcola Dubh of Gilden Vale.

The heifer was named supreme native breed champion in the cattle class.