Young Grimston cattle handler wins prize on 13th birthday

Rob Moore with his prizewinning heifer Rose
Rob Moore with his prizewinning heifer Rose
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Young cattle handler Robbie Moore couldn’t have wished for a better birthday present when he returned home from Saturday’s Hertfordshire County Show with an armful of rosettes.

Robbie, who was 13 on the day, won Breed Champion and Female Champion with his yearling Angus heifer Estella and another of his herd, Mary Princess, won Reserve Female while her bull calf won reserve male. Estella went on to win reserve interbreed native, and on Sunday, Robbie was chosen as Champion Young Handler, a category open to those under the age of 26.

Proud mum, Natasha Moore, of Oakfarm, Fen Lane, Grimston, said; “Robbie has a natural eye for cattle. He chose Estella himself as having potential from a field of around 60 to 70 cows with calves at foot.

“Estella was only five months old at the time, so it shows his natural talent for picking out a good animal. He has started his own herd of Angus, which he calls the Fenland Herd, and now has four, so by the time he leaves school, Springwood Academy, he will have good breeding animals.”

Robbie started his herd when he won Mary Princess, a prize heifer, last year at an agricultural show in Sterling, Scotland. He proved himself to be a natural stockman after impressing judges and other farmers with his talent in the show ring.

He started showing when he was eight, and has string of young handler titles to his name.

His parents, Rodger and Natasha, keep British Blondes and Limousin cattle, and Robbie’s brothers Ryan, 15, and Mason, 7, are also keen young handlers.