It was ladies day at the Great Yorkshire Show, with Procters Farm, under the stewardship of Jeff and Jennifer Aiken, taking the female and overall championship with their aged ewe, while following through in reserve was the Clark family with their ewe lamb.
Judge Charlie Boden worked through his classes in short time, finding his class winners with ease from an entry of more than 200, including a ewe lamb class of 50 entries.
Championship honours fell to the winner of the aged ewe class, HBR1600780, a ewe bred by Richard Henderson, Ballynahone, and sired by Duncryne Uber Cool and out of a dam by Springhill Silverstone. She was purchased for 5000gns at the Northern Stars sale last December. This one stood first in her class at the Royal Highland Show and later went on to take reserve spot in the terminal sire breeds championship on the second day of the Great Yorkshire.
Mr Boden said she’d been an easy winner in her class and stood out in the championship for her style and fleshing.
Taking the reserve championship was the winner of the biggest class of the day, the ewe lambs, with this one being from the Clark family. She is CJN1805507, a daughter of the 15,000gns Kock Yardsman out of a dam by Mossvale Winston. She had previously won her class at the Royal Highland Show last month.
In the male championship top honours went to Procters Farm again, this time with their ram lamb, PFD1802394, a son of the 10,000gns Milnbank American Sniper out of a dam by Tophill Union Jack.
Reserve here went to the winner of the open shearling ram class, Midlock Avicii, a shearling bought in Lanark last year for 22,000gns and shared by the Cowal, Anglezarke and Tophill flocks of the Campbell family, Messrs Symes and David Houghton, respectively. He is by Clinterty Yuga Khan and out of a dam by Teiglum Thunder.
The first class of the morning, the aged rams, was won by the 23,000gns Peacehay Ya’Belter from Messrs Orr, Bradley-Farmer and Gray. This one was bought at the English National Sale, Worcester last year and is by Scrogtonhead U Stoater and out of a dam by Sheeoch Tardis.
Then winning the exhibitor bred shearling ram class was Richard Wilson with Eden Valley All Star, a Knock Yankee son out of a dam by Anglezarke Uno and going back to the noted Tophill Wall St.
Top honours in the performance recorded ram lamb class went to the Nesbitt family with their lamb, NTA1801369, a Strathbogie Yes Sir son out of a Plasucha bred dam by Garngour Upperclass.
And in the gimmers the winner was BFE1707087, an Eden Valley Wizz Kid daughter out of a dam by Connachan Sharky and going back to Sportsmans Tremendous II. She had been third at last month’s Royal Highland Show.
Winning the group of three class was Peter Woof, with his trio from the Stainton flock.
1 – Messrs Bradley-Farmer, Orr and Gray’s Peacehay Ya Belter
2 – Peter Longdin’s Wellingley Whiskey Galore
3 – Robert Bennett’s Brackenridge Young Gun
4 – Richard Wilson’s Roxburgh YMCA
5 – Angela Nairey’s Moorgate Yoda
Exhibitor Bred Shearling Rams
1 – Richard Wilson’s Eden Valley All Star
2 – Messrs Orr’s Halbeath Atom
3 – Steve Richardson’s RSS1700561
4 – Peter Woof’s Stainton Am Yours
5 – Gordon Gray’s Ettrick Appy Hour
Open Shearling Rams
1 – Messrs Symes, Campbell and Houghton’s Midlock Avicii
2 – Richard Wilson’s Eden Valley A1
3 – J V Perrings’ Milnbank Andaluz
4 – G T Taylor’s TGP1701711
5 – Angela Nairey’s Meinspride Abid
1 – Procters Farm’s PFD1802394
2 – Messrs Nesbitt’s NTA1801368
3 – J R Wilkinson’s YWJ1800801
4 – K, A and R Campbell’s CKC1809937
5 – R Jones’ JRK1801404
Performance Recorded Ram Lambs
1 – Messrs Nesbitt’s NTA1801369
2 – Richard Wilson’s WEV1801121
3 – Gordon Gray’s GGH1808061
4 – Gordon Gray’s GGH1808076
5 – K, A and R Campbell’s CKC1809950
1 – Procters Farm’s HBR1600780
2 – Gordon Gray’s GGH1606104
3 – Angela Nairey’s LMN1603219
4 – G L Riby’s RKS1400925
5 – Anthony Carter’s WPS1400644
1 – Robert Bennett’s BFE1707087
2 – K, A and R Campbell’s CKC1707770
3 – Gordon Gray’s GGH1707083
4 – David McKerrow’s DMN1701529
5 – Procters Farm’s PFD1701660
1 – Clark Farm’s CJN1805507
2 – Richard Wilson’s WEV1801142
3 – Procters Farm’s PFD1802456
4 – Richard Wilson’s WEV1801104
5 – R Jones’ JRK1801410
Champion – Procters Farm’s aged ewe HBR1600780
Reserve champion – Clark Farm’s ewe lamb CJN1805507