A schoolboy will be starting his own herd after winning a prize heifer during a prestigious agricultural show.
Robbie Moore is just 12, but has proved to be a natural stockman after wowing judges and other farmers with his talent in the show ring.
After starting his showing career at the age of eight, Robbie has string of young handler titles to his name and can now add the Angus Society’s junior champion cup.
Last week Robbie received his prize, two-year-old pregnant heifer called Mary Princess, during a presentation at the Sterling Bull Sales and brought her back to the family farm in Pott Row.
Now Robbie is hoping that Mary and her calf are the foundations of an Angus herd and is also looking at breeding programmes.
His parents Rodger and Natasha, who also have two other sons, Ryan, 14, and Mason, six, are delighted with Robbie’s success.
Mrs Moore, who also shows the family’s British Blondes, said: “We are extremely proud of him. Robbie is a natural in the show ring and has just gone from strength to strength.
“He has always wanted to start his own herd.
“He had a good start and some good animals to show. He has a good commercial eye and when he looks around our field he can spot the animals he wants to show next year.”
Springwood Academy pupil Robbie’s showing career began when he took to the ring with a neighbour’s heifer.
Since then he has joined his mum at shows and puts in long hours. He has even had job offers.
Mrs Moore said: “As soon as we get to a show other farmers are trying to nick him to show their cattle.”
Robbie won Mary Princess during the youth development programme held at the South of England Showground in Ardingly.
He achieved a second place in ringcraft, second for dressing a beast and fifth for stock judging. He won the junior champion cup after amassing the most points.
Mary Princess was donated by the Elliott family, who run the Rawburn herd for the promising winner.