THE sheep section was dominated by Andrew and Becky Bishop, Eldersfield, Gloucestershire who took both the champion and reserve titles with their trimmed continental lambs.
Taking the top award were a pair of home-bred pedigree Beltex ewe lambs by an imported Belgian ram which weighed 45kg apiece.
In reserve were another home-bred pair of ewe lambs, this time by a Blue Texel ram and out of Beltex ewes.
The judge, Andrew Mutch, Oxfordshire, said this had been an extremely strong section but he could not fault his champions which had fantastic gigots and loins and were a perfect matching pair.
Andrew Bishop won his first Smithfield supreme lamb championship with his father, David, at Earls Court in the 1990’s and has won a further six titles since then with his wife, Becky.
The Bishops also took champion and reserve in the lamb carcase competition.
The native-sired championship went to Goodwood Estates, Chichester, with a pair of Southdown sired wether lambs out of Beltex ewes which weighed 91kg for the pair. The best pair of native pure bred lambs were South Country Cheviots from Stephen Cobbald, Sudbury, Suffolk.
New for this new was the breeding ewe lamb section where the championship went to a pedigree Southdown from Goodwood Estates, shown by Amy Page. By Ridings Baby Ben, it was first prize ewe lamb and reserve female champion at the Southdown national show earlier in the year. Goodwood Estates first win at Smithfield was in 1916 when they took the group of three trophy with Southdowns.
Reserve was the winning North of England Mule from Graham Jackson, Bentham who was competing at the event for the first time. Bought from W.M. Hutchinson’s Redgate flock at Kirkby Stephen in the autumn, it was its first outing.