All the top awards at last week’s show of registered Welsh boars and gilts held at Balmoral by the Northern Ireland Welsh Pig Association went to two County Down breeders.
Ballymenoch, Holywood breeder, Mr William Stevenson, took the show’s “blue riband” prize, the Thompson Cup for the supreme champion, with his nine-month-old first prizewinning gilt, Hillmount Elena 34th. His prizewinning boar, Hillmount Victor 4th won the Marshall Cup for the best pig of opposite sex to the champion.
Mr Stevenson also showed the first prize-winner in the class for gilts born between October and November 1968 – Hillmount Elena 32nd.
First place rosette and the Kilco Cup for the best gilt born in August or September 1968 went to Ballyhay, Donaghadee exhibitor, Mrs Elsie Breadon with Ballygrove Watchful 4th.
The only other herds to many of the animals seemed to be suffering from minor bruises and abrasions due, he thought, to insufficient litter being used for bedding
“This made judging more difficult as I had to decide how much stiffness was hereditary and how much could be attributed to lack of proper bedding,” he said.