By taking the first place rosettes in both classes at last week’s supplementary show and sale of pedigree Suffolks at Allam’s mart, Belfast, Crossnamuckley, Newtownards breeder Mr William Montgomery set up a remarkable record.
In six show outings this year, animals from Mr Montgomery’s Smiddie Hill flock have been unbeaten in ram and ewe lamb classes.
In addition, his exhibits have won five supreme championships – the only exception being at the Royal Ulster where he was beaten into second place by Southern exhibitor Dr W H Odlum.
By winning the championship at last week’s show held by the Northern Ireland branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society, Mr Montgomery has also chalked up a hat-trick of successes at the society’s three shows this season.
Last week’s event was the first time the society has ever held a second supplementary show and, said Allam’s auctioneer: “We were pleased with the response. The overall standard of the entries was high and trade was reasonably good, especially for ewe lambs.”
Judge at the show was Mr J Moncrieff, Straiton, Leuchars, Fife, who also commented on the standard of the entries.
“I have judged Suffolks here on several occasions during the last 10 years and the quality of the entries seems to be improving all the time. The champion ram lamb was a very fine animal,” he said.