Youth was the watchword at the Southern England Texel feature show at the Royal Bath and West Show, Shepton Mallet, with young judge David Bradley-Farmer taking on the task of picking the winners and lambs coming to the fore in the championships.
Mr Bradley-Farmer praised exhibitors for the quality of the sheep in front of him and said several classes had been particularly strong across the line-up. “It was an excellent show of Texels and those sheep at the top of the line were exactly what the modern Texel is all about. They had growth, strength and excellent fleshing coupled with that bit of showring sparkle necessary to make them stand out.”
Taking the championship on the day was the winner of the ram lamb class, TIP1701433 from Paul Tippetts and Christine Williams’ Wilodge flock, Shifnal, Shropshire.
This lamb is by Eglur Yukon out of CUB1501158, a Loosebeare Voldemort daughter out of a dam by Beautry Panama which was bought for 4800gns at the English National Sale, Worcester, last summer.
Praising the lamb for his correctness and excellent carcass, coupled with ring presence, Mr Bradley-Farmer, said he was an easy winner of his class and stood out in the championship for his sharpness and style. “He’s a tremendous lamb and one I expect to see go on well over the summer.”
Standing reserve overall was the first prize ewe lamb from Ian and Fiona Andrews’ Cattistock flock. This was AIC1700280, a daughter of the noted Glenside Razzle Dazzle out of a Kingsland dam by Clinterty Samba I. She was described as an incredibly stylish, flashy female by Mr Bradley-Farmer. “She’s a great example of a Texel female and will, I’m sure, go on to make a great ewe.”
In the aged tup class the winner was Strathbogie Wembley from Georgie Helyer. This son of the 50,000gns Mullan Vivaldi is out of Razzle Dazzle daughter and won his class at Royal Bath and West last year as a shearling.
Then winning the shearling tups was Anthony Carter with CAJ1600444 from his Millcroft flock. This son of Nochnary Utaka is out of a Loosebeare Rooster Booster sired dam.
In the aged ewes the show’s traditional blue first prize ticket went to Ian and Fiona Andrews, who completed a clean sweep in the female classes, with their Bautry ewe, CUB1400932, bred by Stuart Currie. This one is by Arkle Uncle Tom and out of a dam by Procters Oswald.
Completing the female classes for the Andrews’ family was the winner of the gimmer class, AIC1600205, a full sister to the first prize ewe lamb and reserve overall champion.
1 – Georgie Helyer’s Strathbogie Wembley
2 – Anthony Carter’s Haddo Wandering Star
3 – Adrian Dufosee’s Deverill Whatsup
1 – Anthony Carter’s CAJ1600444
2 – Georgie Helyer’s HML1600446
3 – Mark Blakeney’s BZZ1602169
4 – Ian and Fiona Andrews’ AIC1600185
5 – Geogie Helyer’s Fodwell Youmzain
1 – Ian and Fiona Andrews’ CUB1400932
2 – Ian and Fiona Andrews’ AIC1400101
1 – Ian and Fiona Andrews’ AIC1600205
2 – Anthony Carter’s CAJ1600463
3 – Anthony Carter’s DHA1600377
4 – Matthew Fear’s FME1600398
5 – Anthony Carter’s CAJ1600476
1 – Messrs Tippetts and Williams’ TIP1701433
2 – Ian and Fiona Andrews’ AIC1700252
3 – Mark and Alice Blakeney’s BZZ1702875
4 – Ian and Fiona Andrews’ AIC1700253
5 – Adrian Dufosee’s DAD1705978
1 – Ian and Fiona Andrews’ AIC1700280
2 – Ian and Fiona Andrews’ AIC1700281
3 – Messrs Tippetts and Williams’ TIP1701440
4 – Ian and Fiona Andrews’ AIC1700286
5 – Anthony Carter’s CAJ1700550
Group of Three
1 – Anthony Carter
2 – Ian and Fiona Andrews
3 – Gerogie Helyer
Pair of sheep
1 – Messrs Tippetts and Williams
2 – Anthony Carter
3 – Ian and Fiona Andrews