THE Border Leicester breeders held their National Show in the beautiful surroundings of Shanes Castle at Randox Antrim Show on Saturday. Judge John Barrowman, Stranraer, had the enviable job of judging the classes which attracted a good turnout of sheep, giving the breeders the chance to showcase the best of the Border Leicester sheep.
This was the first time that the Border Leicesters held a National Show and the hogg and ewe lamb classes proved the most popular with a significant number in each class, an excellent show of sheep was displayed in each class making the judge’s job all the more difficult.
The Border Leicesters were very grateful to their sponsors Ulster Ram Breeders’ Association, F.S. Herron, A.S.C. Services, Moore Animal Feeds Ltd, Sam and Neil Anderson, Danske Bank, Parklands Veterinary and Bank of Ireland for sponsoring this event and presenting their prizes on the day.
The Overall Champion and Champion Female was an aged ewe from Jim Aiken, Dromore, whose Carnew flock is no stranger in the showing world of Border Leicesters.
Reserve Overall Champion and Male Champion went to a ram lamb from the Rosenga flock of Harold Dickey, Ballymena. Harold also picked up the Reserve Male Champion with an aged ram and Reserve Female Champion with a hogg.
The Border Leicesters would like to thank Randox Antrim Show for all their help and support in the organisation of this event which proved to be a great success with the rain holding off till the judging was over.
The Border Leicester Annual Show and Sale is on Monday September 24 in Ballymena Livestock Mart. Showing starts at 5pm with sale at 7pm.