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Border Leicesters back in the show ring

THE Ulster Ram Breeders’ Association Border Lei-cester members held a Border Leicester Show on Saturday, August 14, instead of running a virtual show. The ‘live’ show proved to be a resounding success, with many breeders exhibiting while others spectated.

Chairman Robert Dick, ‘Beech-grove’, Ahoghill, hosted the event

with Tom Nelson, ‘Kilphin’, Ball-antrae, judging. Tom went on to say: “I had a tremendous day where the stock was understanding and the sun shone.”

Sponsors for the event were Moores Animal Feeds, judge Tom

Nelson, Sam Anderson, Cully-backey, and Harold Dickey, URBA President, who the association is very grateful to.

Champion and top prize of the day went to an Aged

Ewe from Stephen Wallace, ‘Slatehill,’ Ballyclare, BLB 84 Q6 sire Kinninmonth Thunder Dam BL60L J9.

Reserve Champion was awarded to Harold Dickey, Ballymena, for a Rosenga Gimmer sire Westforth Tennant.

Second Reserve Champion went to a Ram Lamb from William Semple, ‘Gortnagross,’ Dungiven, sired by the second placed shearling on the day, which was bought in Lanark last year as a ram lamb from Jimmy Douglas, registered Clola Spectre. Dam was purchased privately from Tom Nelson, Kilphin.

Results on the day:

Aged Ram – 1st S Wallace, 2nd G & H Knox, 3rd R Dick, 4th B & C McIlroy 5th H Dickey

Shearlings – 1st H Dickey, 2nd W Semple, 3rd H Dickey, 4th R Dick

Ram Lamb – 1st W Semple, 2nd H Dickey, 3rd, 4th & 5th S Wallace, 6th B & C McIlroy

Aged Ewe – 1st S Wallace, 2nd, 3rd & 4th H Dickey, 5th & 6th G & H Knox

Gimmer – 1st H Dickey, 2nd S Wallace, 3rd H Dickey, 4th & 5th W Semple, 6th B & C McIlroy

Ewe Lamb – 1st & 2nd G & H Knox, 3rd S Wallace, 4th H Dickey, 5th & 6th S Wallace

Group of 3 – 1st S Wallace, 2nd H Dickey, 3rd G & H Knox

The Society of Border Leicester Sheep Breeders held its 125th anniversary this year on August 7 in Carlisle where the 125th Anniversary Gimmer Draw was won by Harold Dickey, Ballymena, receiving the Knockglass gimmer by Alticane Celebrity out of a home bred ewe by Eildon Epic.

Another URBA member, Coote Geelan, won a trip to the Isle of Arran. Congratulations to both members and the society hopes enjoy their prizes.

The URBA Border Leicester show and sale will take place this year in Ballymena Livestock Market on the Monday, September 27. More details will follow.

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