THE results are in for the Border Leicester Virtual Show, with the Aged Ewe taking the title of Overall Champion with the judge describing her “as a good specimen of a Border Leicester”.
Judge Duncan Whyte, “Mearns”, Scotland, went on to say: “It was a privilege to be asked to judge the Northern Ireland Virtual Show. I was impressed by the standard of entries and delighted so many members took the time to photograph their sheep, though disappointing for everyone that there were no shows this summer.
“I placed the Aged Ewe as the Female Champion. In my mind she was a lovely headed ewe with a good length of neck and outstanding carcase and stood well on her legs and this is why I have placed her Overall Champion.”
The Female Champion, Aged Ewe,
was exhibited by James Aiken, “Carnew,” Dromore, with sire Knockglass Sunrise purchased at the dispersal sale of the flock of the late Jackie Harrison, Lammermuir. She is also the mother of the gimmer and ewe lamb class winners.
“I placed the Ram Lamb as Male Champion, I thought the lamb had a nice head with bright eyes and looked as if it had a nice coat.” The Male Champion Ram Lamb was from Joe Adams & Sons, “Holmview,” Ballymena, with sire Slatehill Sparky and Dam BL63S Q10. Slatehill Sparky was bought last year at the Ballymena Sale from Stephen Wallace, “Slatehill,” Ballyclare, and has bred very well for the Adams family with their pen of ram lambs that are entered for the Border Leicester Sale on September 28 off him.
The association would like to thank Duncan for giving up his time and judging the Border Leicester Virtual Show, which proved to be a success for the breeders, and would like to thank the sponsors of the event –Fane Valley Stores and Natural Stock Care @ Alan Carson.
The Annual Sale will be held in Ballymrna Market on Monday, September 28, and although there will be no show this year due to Covid-19, the association thanked its sponsors over the years, Fane Valley Stores, Natural Stock Care @ Alan Carson, Danske Bank and J Thompson & Son.