THE 150th Balmoral Show proved a successful one for the McAllister team of Charollais sheep, winning the Breed Championship and several red rosettes.
Judge for the classes was Carroll Barber, Breed Secretary, who chose her champion, Artnagullion Pandora, from the Senior Ewe class, a powerful ewe owned by William McAllister and shown by his sister Elizabeth.
Not only has this ewe looks but she has a great depth of pedigree. She is sired by Le-Law Hardnut and out of a Ballyhibbon Kickstart daughter, her mother was full sister to Artnagullion Loopy Lou who won Interbreed Champion at Balmoral 2013.
There will be an opportunity to purchase some of these bloodlines with her daughter heading to Worcester Premier Sale on June 29-30.
Reserve Champion and also Male Champion went to the first prize winner in the shearling ram class. Lineside Super Sam was purchased as a ram lamb by the Malcomson family from Tommy and Derek Fenton’s Lineside Flock. He was sired by Lakeview One Direction and out of a homebred ewe sired by Foulrice Harry.
Taking the red rosette in the Senior Ram class and Reserve Male Champion was Alistair Moore with Kirkhouse Remo, a well muscled correct Optimus son purchased privately from David Norman, Kirkhouse Flock.
The Lornbrook Flock was the pick of the gimmer class with their stylish homebred shearling ewe sired by Hollylodge Olympic.
Artnagullion was once again to the fore in the ewe and ram lamb classes taking both top spots with an ET son and daughter out of a Figurehead ewe and sired by Knockin Shop. The ewe lamb was the judge’s choice for Reserve Female Champion. Prize for Best Group Of Three went to the Lornbrook Flock.
The Charollais Interbreed Group of Three made up of the senior ewe, shearling ram and ewe lamb from the McAllister and Malcomson Family claimed the Interbreed Group Championship.