CLEANING the silverware will almost be a full-time job in the Goss household after Saturday's 91st Newton Abbot Christmas Show.

Littlehempston farmer David Goss marched off with 11 trophies including exhibiting the show champion – a South Devon heifer.

The 645 kilo animal, born in August 2009, fetched £1,548 at the subsequent auction being knocked down to R D Johns Foodservice at 240p per kilo – the top price of the day.

As well as sweeping the board with the South Devon, Mr Goss took all five trophies in the carcases section and the aggregate points in live and carcase classes.

He also won the prize for the heaviest bullock, an almost two-and-a-half-year-old South Devon steer which touched the scales at 740 kilos. The auctioneer's gavel went down at 205p per kilo.

The reserve champion was a Limousin cross shown by Antony Barrow, of Bickington, who landed three cups.

Julie Harvey's Belgium Blue cross Blue Limousin was judged the best steer in the show taking the late Arthur Morgan cup and the trophy for the best animal of opposite sex to the champion. Miss Harvey, of Bovey Tracey, saw her 620 kilo winner fetch £1,426, 230p per kilo, when it went under the hammer.

Other prices included AA steers 645 kilos to 188p per kilo £1,212.60 for R J and J Tully, while a 580 kilos Aberdeen Angus crossbred heifer, born in April 2010, sold to 195p per kilo £1,131.

Top price of the day for sheep was £100 for P Dallyn, of Ipplepen, for his 40 kilo Dutch Texel cross Texel ewe lamb.

Entries at the show were down this year. A spokeswoman said there had been a lack of cattle due to TB restrictions.

It was the Christmas Show at the Exeter Market the previous day and restrictions are in force preventing the movement of those animals from one market to another within six days.<