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Royal Welsh Show – 2013

Royal Welsh Show

Aged Tup is Royal Welsh Show Texel Champion

In a change of form from the previous major shows this year the Texel champion at today’s Royal Welsh Show was the winner of the male championship, David and Thomas Bradley Farmer’s homebred aged tup Meon Down Spartacus.

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Male and overall champion at the Royal Welsh was David and Thomas Bradley Farmer's aged ram Meon Down Spartacus
Male and overall champion at the Royal Welsh was David and Thomas Bradley Farmer’s aged ram Meon Down Spartacus

Judge Steve Smith of the Pen Parc flock praised the champion for his exceptional fleshing, mobility and breed character.

“He’s a great example of the breed, strong throughout and carrying plenty of flesh in the right places. Crucially, despite it being a very hot day the sheep have stood the test which shows the adaptability of the modern British Texel to a wide variety of conditions and environments.”

Spartacus, a two-shear tup, is a son of 5800gns sire Livery Predator and is out of a Meinspride ewe which goes back to Meinspride Ombassi. He has previously been male champion at the Great Yorkshire Show earlier in the month.

Standing reserve overall and reserve male champion was a ram lamb, Sportsmans Unbeatable, from the Sportsmans flock of Charlie Boden and family. This one is a son of 42,000gns Lanark purchase Tullylagan Tonka and is out of a dam by 42,000gns sired Cowal Rob Roy II.

Aged ewe winner and female champion was Des and Irena Lewis' ewe
Aged ewe winner and female champion was Des and Irena Lewis’ ewe

Taking the day’s female championship was the top placed aged ewe from Des and Irena Lewis’ Einon flock. This one, a Knock ewe HAK1100238 which was bought last autumn for 2800gns from Albert and George Howie, Peterhead. She is by Cambwell Rob Roy and out of a dam by Anglezarke Krug.

Following through from the class to take the reserve female title was Robert Bennett’s ewe from the Plasucha flock, a Skiddaw Magic daughter out of a Pen Parc dam by Clougher Irishman. This one was bought inside her dam when the Bennett’s purchased her.

Carcass success

Texel sired lambs were also to the fore in the Show’s carcass competitions, with a Texel cross carcass from Adrian Windsor taking the show’s overall carcass championship.

Mr Windor’s carcass weighed 40kg as a live lamb and killed out as an E2 carcass weighing 21.5kg, giving it a killing out percentage of 54%.

And the Davies family of the Caebetran flock also enjoyed considerable success too, collecting first prize in the class for lightweight carcasses suitable for the Mediterranean market. Their Texel sired carcass came from a lamb which weighed 28kg alive and killed out at 14kg. This one graded U2.

On top of that a Texel cross carcass was also the winner of the annual Asda/Dunbia LambLink lamb steak competition staged on the first day of the show. The winning steak came from a lamb submitted to Dunbia by Anglesey-based Cemlyn Williams.
The steak came from a 19.5kg carcass which classified U3L. The March born lamb is one of 300 supplied to Dunbia every year from the 200 ewe flock.

Show results

Aged Ram

1st D and T Bradley Farmer – Meon Down Spartacus FTD 1100722
2nd D and T Bradley Farmer – Heys Strathbogie Supersized IMH 1100681
3rd D I Corfield and Partners – Arkle Saucerer WGA 1100669
4th W O J Reed – Caerionion Rocket – PEC 1000022
5th Drayton Farm Partnership – Fresh Fields Red Light RFF 1000019

Shearling ram

1st D G and N Williams – Knock Talisman HAK1200422
2nd D and T Bradley Farmer – Meon Down FTD1200894
3rd Boden and Davies – Milnbank Times Square LYM1200674
4th Procters Farm – Scholars Twenty Twelve YWM 12000101
5th J B Joseph – Ellen Valley Trojan YGW 1201049

Ram Lambs

1st Boden and Davies – BGS 1300814
2nd Robin Clwyd Ellis – ECE 130031
3rd J and H Thomas – THB 1300756
4th C G Ball – BQC 1300422
5th Iolo Prys Jones – JLI 1300751

Aged Ewes

1st Des and Irena Lewis – HAK 1100238
2nd Robert Bennett – BFE1000030
3rd D J Davies – DDT 1100135
4th Boden and Davies – BGS 1000080
5th S, T E and E J Morgan – DHL 1100128

Shearling Ewe

1st R E J Pierce – PRE 1200194
2nd Des and Irena Lewis – LSI 120082
3rd Robert Bennett – BFE 1202019
4th N E and J A Gibbs – GEB 1200342
5th Boden and Davies – BGS 1200527

Ewe Lamb

1st William and Liz McCaffrey – YWM1300194
2nd Procters Farm – PFD 1302557
3rd Boden and Davies – BGS 130788
4th Daniel Jones – JDY 1300111
5th Boden and Davies – BGS130084

Taking top spot in the shearling ewes was Robert Pierce's gimmer
Taking top spot in the shearling ewes was Robert Pierce’s gimmer
Resere female champion was the second prize aged ewe from Robert Bennett
Reserve female champion was the second prize aged ewe from Robert Bennett
Leading the shearling ram class was Knock Talisman from the Williams family
Leading the shearling ram class was Knock Talisman from the Williams family
Reserve male champion and first prize ram lamb was Charlie Boden's Tullylagan Tonka son
Reserve male champion and first prize ram lamb was Charlie Boden’s Tullylagan Tonka son
Winning the ewe lamb class was William and Elizabeth McCaffrey's lamb
Winning the ewe lamb class was William and Elizabeth McCaffrey’s lamb

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