A shearling ewe from the aptly named Welsh flock of Tomos Evans and his father, Selwyn, and mother, Daphne, took the top honours at this year’s Royal Welsh Show under judge David Corfield.
From an entry of more than 200 this gimmer, by Strathbogie Ya Patch took Mr Corfield’s eye for her length, gigot and overall breed character. “She’s a fantastic type, a true modern Texel with a great outlook and plenty of style and character.
“But importantly she’s great on her legs and has a super carcass from front to back. In the end it was her length that really caught my eye. Length weighs and that’s what the sheep industry has always been about.”
The gimmer, ESW1700887, is out of a Greenwood ewe, BMZ09642, a daughter of Swaites O Sullivan which is also dam of the 7000gns gimmer the Evans’ sold at the English National Sale in 2014 to the Sportsmans flock.
Recording the flock’s best ever result at the Royal Welsh Tomos Evans said the gimmer was on her first and only show outing having been unshown as a lamb.
Taking the reserve spot was the reserve female champion and winner of the aged ewe class from Procters Farm, HBR1600780, a 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 was champion at Great Yorkshire Show earlier this month having stood first in her class at the Royal Highland Show in June.
In the male championship the top honours went to Brian Joseph with shearling ram Tima Ace, an 8500gns purchase at Lanark last year from David Gray. This son of the 60,000gns Clinterty Yuga Khan is out of a Glenside Ring A Ding daughter. Mr Corfield said the tup was a great example of the breed with a great top and end and carried himself well on his legs. “He’s a great tup with a super carcass befitting of the breed.”
Following him in to the reserve male championship was the top placed aged ram, Midlock You’re The One from Messrs Alford. This £23,000 purchase from Kelso last autumn is by Midlock Wilson and out of a Douganhill Monarch daughter. He was interbreed champion at Royal Cornwall earlier in the summer as well as being first in his class at the Royal Highland.
Mr Corfield said it had been a pleasure to judge such an excellent show of Texels and commended all exhibitors on the quality of the sheep forward. “I couldn’t have wished for a better standard, every class had some great sheep.”
In the ram lambs the winner was Andrew Thomas’ lamb from the Brynmeini flock, TYG1800350, a son of Strathbogie Windbrook out of a dam by Einon Won o Won.
And the ewe lamb class saw Iolo Prys Jones take top honours with JLI1802417, with this one being by the same sire as the champion, Strathbogie Ya Patch and is out of a Kelso Picasso daughter.
Mr Prys Jones then also took the red ticket in the group of three class, adding to a successful day for the Llangwm flock.
1 – Messrs Alford’s Midlock You’re The One
2 – Tyngwndwn Texels’ Eglur Yoga
3 – Tomos Adams’ Alwent Waterloo
1 – Brian Joseph’s Tima Ace
2 – Iolo Prys Jones’ Foreman Hill Apache
3 – A E Williams WSF1706454
4 – Ian Andrews’ Millar’s Action Replay
5 – C E and N W Pryce’s PEC1700533
1 – Andrew Thomas’ TYG1800350
2 – Procters Farm’s PFD1802476
3 – Iolo Prys Jones’ JLI1802415
4 – Tomos Evans’ ESW1801049
5 – D J J Watkins and Co’s WJJ1801264
1 – Procters Farm’s HBR1600780
2 – Evan Jones’ WRK1510140
3 – Shae Price’s ESW1600624
4 – G P and M Jones’ JML1400529
5 – Iolo Prys Jones’ JLI1601332
1 – Tomos Evans’ ESW1700887
2 – Procters Farm’s PFD1701660
3 – Robert Bennett’s BFE1707087
4 – Tyngwndwn Texels’ PRE1700773
5 – Robert Bennett’s BFE1707067
1 – Iolo Prysn Jones’ JLI1802417
2 – Robert Bennett’s BFE1808019
3 – Robert Bennett’s BFE1808109
4 – Procters Farm’s PFD1802350
5 – Tomos Evans’ ESW1801050
Champion – Tomos Evans’ gimmer ESW1700887
Reserve champion – Procters Farm’s aged ewe HBR1600780
See the full gallery of images from the show.