NORTH Country Cheviots dominated the sheep inter-breed championship at the Royal Highland Show.
The supreme rosette went to the North Country Cheviot Park champion, North Synton Ringmaster, a three-shear ram from Billy, Kate, Dallas and Ruth Allen, Alnwick, Northumberland. It was bought from breeder, Scot Davies for £4,000 after it was champion at Lockerbie Show as a shearling and was male and reserve breed champion at last year’s show.
The judge, Jimmy Irving, Yarrow, said his champion was a great type for the breed which handled and walked well.
In reserve was the North Country Cheviot Hill champion, a home-bred six-year-old ewe from Willie and Jimmy Thomson’s Hownam Grange flock, Kelso. By a home-bred sire it was national champion at the Black Isle Show in 2014 and also reserve female champion at last year’s Royal Highland Show.
The Thomson’s were also reserve champion in the North Country Park section with a two-shear ram.
Standing second reserve was the Texel champion, a shearling ewe from the Teiglum flock of Clark Farms, Carluke, Lanarkshire. By Castlecairn Vavavoom, it was on its first outing. Its full sister, which was second in the class to the champion, had been inter-breed champion at Lesmahagow and reserve female champion at the Great Yorkshire last year.
Percy Tait, Worcester, had two sheep in the final line-up. One was the Rouge champion, a home-bred three-year-old ewe by Maunby Meatloaf, which had been inter-breed champion at Royal Three Counties.
The other was also a three-year-old ewe, this time a Bleu du Maine, by Tignahinch Jumping Jack, which had been breed champion at the Royal Welsh Show as a gimmer.
Taking the Charollais title and also making the shortlist was a two-shear ram from William and Carole Ingram, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. Rhaeadr Orlando, by Wernfawr Neo, was bought from breeder, Myfyr Evans, for 5,500gns at the breed’s premier sale at Worcester last year after being reserve champion.
The North of England Mule champion, also made the final eight. This was a shearling ewe, by Z40 Hundith, from Ron and Fran Wilson, Armathwaite, Cumbria, which had been bought at Hawes last year from the Highberries flock of Neil Marston, Cockermouth, after it had won at Kilnsey Show.
Completing the final line-up was the traditional Bluefaced Leicester champion, a two-shear ram from R.A. McClymont and Son, Selkirk. By C1 Bonvilston and bought as a lamb from the Derek Henderson’s Burndale flock, it was making its show ring debut.
The inter-breed pairs championship went to Richard Grant and Sons, North Berwick, with Hampshire Downs from their East Fortune flock. A ram lamb by one of their stock rams, Watersfield What If, which was being shown for the first time and a ewe lamb by Whatsfield What Not, which had been breed champion and reserve earlier in the week.
One of the biggest sections numerically was the Beltex where the championship went to the Kingledores flock of Richard E. Wood and Sons, Biggar, with a ram lamb by College Awesome, which will be sold at Carlisle in August.
Another breed with big entries were the Zwartbles where the championship went to Greystone Cranananchan, a home-bred shearling ewe by Greystones Alan out of a Tardoes ewe, from Ally Baird, Callander, Stirlingshire. It has already been reserve breed champion at Ayr and champion at Drummond this season.
Inter-breed (J. Irvine, Yarrow) Supreme, W.D. Allen (North Country Cheviot – Park); reserve, W. and J. Thomson (North Country Cheviot – Hill).
Inter-breed pairs (F.H. Kennedy, Dumfries) Sup., R. Brand and Sons (Hampshire Down); res., E. and Henderson and S. Bryden (Ryeland).
Suffolk (G.M. Stuart, Ellon) Sup. and fem., J.I.A. Wallace; res. and male, W.G. Troup; res. fem., A.M. Howie; res. male, G. Hiddleston.
North Country Cheviot - Park (D. Pittendreigh, Pencader) Sup. and male, W.D. Allen; res. and res. male, W. and J. Thomson; fem., J. Runciman and Son; res. fem., G. Milne.
Blackface (D. Jackson, Lochgoilhead) Sup. and male, J.R. MacGregor; res. and fem., S. Heads; res. male, J. Wight and Son; res. fem., M.R. Coubrough.
Lleyn (W. Williams, Pwllheli) Sup. and fem. and male, J.A. and R. Geldard and Sons; res. and res. fem., T. and I. Walling; res. male, D. and B. Henderson.
Ryeland (D. Smillie-Gray, Ledbury) Sup. and male and res. fem., E. and J. Henderson; res. and fem., S. Bryden; res. male, R. and B. Aitken.
Commercial (R. Wilkie, Westhill) Sup., K. and A. Morton (Beltex cross); res., A. Miller (Native cross).
Border Leicester (M. Steel, Kilmarnock) Sup. and fem. and res. male, S. and A. Watson; res. fem., D. Whyte; male, R. Brown.
Berrichon (D. Gwynee, Talgarth) Sup. and male, E. Burgess; res. and fem., res. male and res. fem., I.D. Johnston.
Jacob (R. Locker, Greenlaw) Sup. and fem., W. and E. Crowe; res. and male, G. Connor and S. Dalrymple; res. fem., W. and L. McKendrick; res. male, Tweedside Jacobs.
North Country Cheviot – Hill (A.J. Cowens, Selkirk) Sup. and fem., W. and J. Thomson; res. and male and res. fem., W.N. Douglas; res. male, J.M. Elliot.
Cheviot (M. Cockburn, Biggar) Sup. and male, Bridgewater and Wood; res. and fem., J. Hume and Sons; res. male, J. Common and Sons; res. fem., W.N. Douglas.
Texel (R.J. Laird, Biggar) Sup. and fem., Clark Farms; res. and res. fem., Proctors Farm; male, R.E. Wood and Sons; res. male, A. McColm
Hampshire Down (K. McCarthy, Comer) Sup. and male, res. and fem. and res. fem., R. Brand and Sons; res. male, G. Todd.
Swaledale (K. Whitehead, Richmond) Sup. and male, G.A. Slack; res. and fem. and res. male, Messrs Brogan; res. fem., M.R. Ewbank.
Bluefaced Leicester – traditional (N. Robinson, Hexham) Sup. and male and res. male, R.A. McClymont and Son; res. and fem., M. and C. Drummond; res. fem., J. and M. Turner.
Bluefaced Leicester – crossing (J. Stott, Preston) Sup. and fem., res. and male and res. fem., J. Wight and Son; res. male, G. Thornborrow.
Charollais (W. McAllister, Ballymena) Sup. and male, D. and C. Ingram; res. and fem. and res. male, G. and B. Ingram; res. fem., A. Gray and Son.
Hebridean (E. Medway, Harrogate) Sup. and fem., D. MacLeod; res. and res. fem., J. and M. Cuthbert; male, E.G. Dunbar; res. male, J. Mosley.
North of England Mules (R. Hayton, Appleby in Westmorland)
Rouge (J. Powell, Montgomery) Sup. and fem. and res. male, P. Tait; res. and male and res. fem., J. Kerr.
Beltex (J.J. Barclay, Maybole) Sup. and male, R.E. Wood and Sons; res. and fem., Proctors Farm; res. male, A. Jackson; res. fem., J. McGarva.
Zwartbles (C. Cromie, Ballynahinch) Sup. and fem., A. Baird; res. and res., fem., R.J. Heigh; male, K. Shaikh; res. male, H.W. Sloan.
Scotch Mule (D. Rock, Stirling) Sup., J. Wight and Son; res., R.J. Shennan and Son.
Bleu du Maine (J.W. Farquharson, Perth) Sup. and fem., res. and male and res. male, P. Tait; res. fem., S. Shone.
Shetland (E. Graham, Lerwick) Sup. and male, Morrison and Brogue; res. and fem., J. Brunton; res. male and res. fem., I. Carnegie.