This year’s Great Yorkshire Show saw a bumper turnout of Texels for judge Nigel Hamill, with the female classes and notably the gimmer class being among the strongest ever seen at the event.
Fittingly it was the winner of the gimmer class which went on to take the female and overall breed championship, with the Clark family picking up the silverware with their gimmer which had previously been champion at last month’s Royal Highland Show
Mr Hamill said his champion, CFT1503905, was a stand out from the minute she stepped in the ring. “She’s simply an outstanding female, carrying superb fleshing coupled with breed character and that femininity the breed is renowned for.
“She’s correct, showy and a real classy female. She stood top of an exceptional class of gimmers which would rate as the best class of females I’ve ever judged anywhere.”
This champion, which was also interbreed champion at Lesmehagow earlier in the season, is by Castlecairn Vavavoom and out of a dam by Strathbogie Smokey Blue. She’s a full sister to the Clarks’ ewe lamb which was first at both the Highland and Great Yorkshire last year and stood fourth in the gimmer class today. She’s also a maternal sister to the 5000gns Teiglum Valiant which sold at Worcester in 2014.
Standing reserve overall and reserve female champion was PFD150019 from Procters Farm. This one had been the second proze gimmer to the champion and is by the 11,000gns Tophill Union Jack out of a dam by the 50,000gns Haddo Ringleader. She was on her first show outing and now heads for next week’s Royal Welsh.
Collecting the male championship was the winner of the ram lamb class from Keith, Alan and Roy Campbell’s Cowal flock. This was CKC1607631, a son of Glenside Willy Winky and out of a homebred dam which was third at the Great Yorkshire last year and is dam of the first prize aged ewe at this year’s show.
Standing reserve here was the second prize ram lamb from Peter Woof, WPS1600879. This one is a son of the 30,000gns Hexel Wildcard out of a dam by Sportsmans Tremendous. Mr Hamill said both his champion and reserve in the male sections were good bodied tup lambs with a lot of potential for the future. “The male champion is a great lamb, correct, well bodied and with great colours too.”
Leading the way in the aged tups was Hartside Vantastic from the Campbell family, a tup by Sportsmans Unbeatable and out of a dam by Douganhill Monarch. He was bought at Kelso last autumn.
In the exhibitor bred shearling rams the winner was Angela Nairey with LMN1502692, a son of the 2014 Royal Highland Show champion Glenway Universe out of a dam by Glenside King II.
Then winning the open shearling rams was Aman Watcyn Wyn from the Wilkinson family. This is a son of Springwell Ulsterboy out of a dam by Plattin Orlando.
The performance recorded ram lamb class was won by Peter Woof with WPS160890, a son of the homebred Stainton Wasdale out of a dam by Sportsmans Tremendous II.
Then in the aged ewe class the winner was CKC1303018 from the Campbell family, with this being a Tullylagan Tonka daughter out of a dam by Baltier Rascal II.
Winning the ewe lambs was another from the Clark family, this time CJN164375, a Teiglum Wisely daughter out of a Forkins Ulysses daughter.
1 – K, A and R Campbell’s Hartside Vantastic
2 – R Wilson’s Forkins Va Va Voom
3 – Mark Ireland’s Heys Validator
Exhibitor Bred Shearling Rams
1 – Angela Nairey’s LNM1502692
2 – Peter Longdin’s LJW150610
3 – Steve Richardson’s RSS150400
4 – Peter London’s LJW160589
5 -Steve Richardson’s RSS150388
Open Shearling Rams
1 – G G Wilkinson’s Aman Watcyn Wyn
2 – Peter Longdin’s Tullylagan Wizard
3 – Procters Farm’s THF1500312
4 – Stuart Currie’s Whitehart Wait For It
5 – Steve Richardson’s Newbie Mains Winston
1 – K, A and R Campbell’s CKC1607631
2 – Peter Woof’s WPS160879
3 – Procters Farm’s PFD160922
4 – Peter Woof’s WPS160922
5- M Perrings’ PMF160384
Performance Recorded Ram Lambs
1 – Peter Woof’s WPS160890
2 – G L Riby’s RKS1601192
3 – Procters Farm’s PFD160844
4 – R Wilson’s TLS160643
5 – Steve Richardson’s RSS160429
1 – K, A and R Campbell’s CKC1303018
2 – Procters Farm’s PFD1101159
3 – A C and J Butcher’s BUT130061
4 – K, A and R Campbell’s CKC110279
5 – Procters Farm’s PFD1302575
1 – Clark Farm’s CFT1503905
2 –Procters Farm’s PFD150019
3 – John Mellin’s MJH1504937
4 –Clark Farm’s CFT1503895
5– J R Wilkinson’s YWJ150491
1 – Clark Farm’s CJN164375
2 – G G Wilkinson’s YGW162889
3 – Peter Woof’s WPS160943
4 – John Mellin’s MJN165165
5 – John Mellin’s 165169