This year’s Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate, saw lambs taking the top honours under judge Gordon Gray, Ettrick, with David McKerrow and family taking the male and supreme championship with their winner from the open ram lambs class and reserve honours going to Charlie Boden and family with their ewe lambs.
Mr Gray said it was the lamb classes where he really found the quality of the day, with all three lamb classes containing strength in depth. “That is to take nothing away from the older sheep, but the lambs were a cut above and it was great to see sharp, fresh lambs with great bodies and correctness.”
The McKerrow’s champion, DMN1701503, is a son of the 30,000gns Knock Yankee, which was bought in partnership at Carlisle last year, and is out of a homebred dam by Ettrick Ura Winner. Mr Gray said the lamb was a standout in his class and the championship. “It was an easy decision, he’s a great tup and handles tremendously well with a good top and end. He’s well balanced and has a great set of legs.”
Taking the reserve overall ticket was Charlie Boden’s leading ewe lamb, BCM1700508 from the Mellor Vale flock. This daughter of the 70,000gns Lanark topper Teiglum Young Gun is out of a dam by the 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid. “She’s a strong, sharp lamb with a body to match and certainly was an easy winner among the females.”
This duo then went on to win the interbreed pairs championship under judge Allan Wight, Midlock, with the ram lamb stading reserve in the individual terminal sire championship.
In the males the reserve award followed through from the ram lamb class, with this taken by Peter Woof’s lamb, WPS1701116. This is another son of the 30,000gns Knock Yankee and is out of a dam by Sportsmans Tremendous II.
Then following form the reserve in the females was the second prize ewe lamb, this time from Procters Farm. This was PFD1701618, another daughter of the 70,000gns Young Gun.
“The lambs really were a step ahead of the older sheep and I had no hesitation putting them forward for the top tickets,” said Mr Gray. “Both the reserve male and reserve female are great lambs with good skins, natural fleshing and plenty of breed character.”
Leading the way in the aged tup class was the £18,000 Pant Wolf from Charlie Boden, with this one bought at the main NSA Sale, Builth Wells, last autumn. He’s by Loosebeare Unique and out of a dam by Baltier Panther.
In the homebred shearling rams the winner was Halbeath YMCA from Robin and Caroline Orr, with this one being by Cambwell Trademark and out of a Teiglum Topper daughter.
Winning the open shearling ram class were Messrs Orr, Wilkinson and Jack with Midlock Yorkie, a Deveronvale Warrior son out of a dam by Teiglum Thunder.
And the performance recorded ram lambs were won by Charlie Boden with BGS1702709, a Clinterty Yogi Bear son out of a dam by Strathbogie Untouchable.
Top spot in the aged ewes also fell to Charlie Boden with a Cherryvale ewe, GCN1501462, by Duncryne Uber Cool and out of a Knock Papoose sired Ettrick dam.
The gimmers were then won by the Clark family with CJN1604375, a daughter of the homebred Teiglum Wiseguy and out of a dam by Forkins Ulysses, she was first at the Great Yorkshire as a lamb last year.
Group of three winners were the Boden team, with Angela Nairey in second and the Campbell family third.
1 – Charlie Boden’s Pant Wolf
2 – Peter Longdin’s LJW1500690
3 – Messrs Wilkinson’s Aman Watcyn Wyn
4 – Messrs Riby’s Glanllyn Wallis
5 – Richard Wilson’s Hull House Winner
Homebred Shearling Rams
1 – Messrs Orr’s Halbeath YMCA
2 – Steve Richardson’s RSS1600456
3 – Peter Longdin’s LJW1600815
4 – Richard Wilkinson’s WXH1612204
5 – G M Taylor’s TGP1601521
Open Shearling Rams
1 – Messrs Orr, Wilkinson and Jack’s Midlock Yorkie
2 – M Perrings’ Procters Yahoo
3 – John North’s Pergill Yippee
4 – Messrs Kermode’s Tullagh Yandel
5 – Peter Longdin’s Loxley Yorkshire
1 – David McKerrow’s DMN1701503
2 – Peter Woof’s WPS1701116
3 – Charlie Boden’s BGS1702626
4 – Richard Wilson’s WEV1701016
5 – M C Collin’s CLV1700145
Performance Recorded Ram Lambs
1 – Charlie Boden’s BGS1702709
2 – Peter Woof’s WPS1701079
3 – Messrs Campbell’s CKC1707787
4 – Richard Wilson’s WEV1700925
5 – David McKerrow’s DMN1701549
1 – Charlie Boden’s GCN1501462
2 – Messrs Campbell’s CKP1500210
3 – Procters Farm’s PFD1403606
4 – Messrs Butcher’s BUT1300061
5 – Peter Longdin’s LJW1300339
1 – Messrs Clark’s CJN1604375
2 – Peter Woof’s WPS1600927
3 – Charlie Boden’s BGS1602208
4 – John Mellin’s MJH1605165
5 – Messrs Clark’s CJN1604417
1 – Charlie Boden’s BCM1700508
2 – Procters Farm’s PFD1701618
3 – Messrs Clark’s CFT1705027
4 – Messrs Clark’s CJN1704888
5 – Messrs Wilkinson’s WGA1703921
Group of Three
1 – Messrs Boden
2 – Angela Nairey
3 – Messrs Campbell