The sunshine held out at the Royal Bath and West Show where record numbers of nearly 1,600 sheep entries were competing. Laura Bowyer reports from Shepton Mallet.
After sorting through the breed champions on the second day of the show, judge Richard Wear decided on a Scottish Blackface four-tooth ram from John Jordan and family, Dartmoor, shown by son Robert.
This stock ram was bred by the Branagan brothers and bought as a ram lamb in Hilltown in autumn 2015, where its sire was champion the previous year.
Part of the inter-breed group of three at last year’s show, it was also breed champion at Devon County Show in 2016 and, after what was its first time out this year, it will go to the Royal Cornwall Show.
The Jordan family also took the any other native hill and upland title with a North Country Cheviot.
Reserve went to a pair of Hampshire Down ram lambs from the Parkstock flock of Jean Ritchie, Chard, and Edward and Alison Halcrow, Kettering, who have now won the breed championship here for three years in a row and recently also took the breed title at Nottinghamshire Show.
The December-born pair are out of home-bred ewes and by the same ram, Whitehead Draco, bought in a private sale as a lamb in 2014.
The Parkstock flock will next be seen at Rutland Show, the breed’s national show at Stratford, and the Royal Welsh Show.
In the continental shortwools it was the turn of a Bleu de Maine yearling ewe from John and Marjorie Vile, Taunton, shown by Simon Norman and bred by Janet Richardson, Taunton. At its first show of the year, it will now go to the Royal Cornwall, the Royal Welsh and the Royal Highland Show.
Staged on the first day of the four-day show, the beef judging came to a head with the inter-breed title being handed to Mells Park Trust’s three-year-old South Devon bull, Carzise Claudius 1, shown by farm manager John Ward on its first time out.
By Grove Claudius 102 and out of Carzise Audry 12, it was bred by society president Lionel Pascoe, Cornwall, and bought as a two-year-old for 4,500gns in a society sale at Exeter.
Beef reserve and Limousin champion, Quaish Lucky, a heifer from Nick, Lisa, Archie and Lottie Hill, Cheddar.
Reserve was the August-2015 born Limousin heifer Quaish Lucky, from Nick, Lisa, Archie and Lottie Hill, Cheddar. Sired by Culnagechan Giants Causeway and out of Quaish Diamond, it is home-bred.
Mr Hill was showing at his 37th Royal Bath and West Show, an event his family has won inter-breed at on several occasions.
Junior inter-breed champion was an Aberdeen-Angus heifer, Rodmead Bonnie Lass S774, from Angus Neish, Warminster, shown by professional showman Thomas Slowen, Moffatt.
This January-2016 born home-bred animal is sired by stock bull Warrenho Elite M417 and out of Rodmead Bonnie Lass K616 and has not been shown before.
Reserve in the junior championship was Lackham Mayflower, a 14-month-old maiden heifer from Wiltshire College and sired by Foxhillfarm Jumping Jack Flash, a sire bred by the Alford family, Cullompton.
Inter-breed dairy and Jersey champion, Glanmor Tequila Fledgling, a second calver from Dafydd and Helen Cox, Llandawke.
In the dairy ring, Jersey Glanmor Tequila Fledgling from Dafydd and Helen Cox, Carmarthen, was tapped out as inter-breed supreme, with daughter Tanwen on the halter.
Calved in December with its second, it is now giving 23kg per day. A Tower Vue Prime Tequila daughter, it is out of IJB Sambos Fledgling which was bought in the herd dispersal of the late Mrs Chapman, Bruton, in 2010.
Judging alongside Bernard Hann and Matthew Pye, Jeff Dawe said the Jersey won for its tightness of udder and venation and had the advantage on its chest width and teat placement.
Reserve inter-breed dairy and Holstein champion, Ciderhouse Shottle, from David and Valerie Norman, Sherborne.
A fourth-calver Holstein, Ciderhouse Shottle Rochelle 4 from David and Valerie Norman, Sherborne, went away with reserve on the Normans’ return to the showring at Shepton Mallet, having not shown there since 2008.
From four generations of home-bred dams, it is a Picston Shottle daughter giving 50kg per day, projected to give 12,000kg this lactation after calving in November.
At a strong show for pigs, the inter-breed champion was picked out by judge Steve Richardson as Maddaford Thunder 3, a Duroc from Alan and Pru Rose, Chard.
The eight-month-old boar is by two home-bred parents and will be heading to the Royal Cornwall and then to its new home on the Isle of Wight later in the summer after being sold to John Butcher for £250.
Poppins Primrose 492, a Large White maiden gilt from Peter Clark, Blandford Forum, shown by Sarah Brickell was at reserve. Out of a home-bred sow, it is by Portbredy Valiant.