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THE Suffolk breed reigned supreme in the sheep section, with a gimmer from the Roseden and Lilburn flock at Wooler taking the overall championship.
The gimmer, shown by flock manager Michael Walton, was bought as a ewe lamb from the Bailey flock, Ireland, and Northumberland was its first show outing. The gimmer is destined to be a stock ewe and is part of the 130-strong Roseden and Lilburn flock.
The reserve rosette went to a Texel ewe from Kenny and Karen Irving, of Rigg, Gretna. This Douganhill Lionheart daughter is out of a ewe by Clonog Joe Tex and took the breed championship last year.
The championship in the Swaledale section went to Dick Dalton, of Lanehead, Bishop Auckland, with a shearling ram. It was bought by Mr Dalton for 3,800gns at Kirkby Stephen and is by a Redgate sire and out of a Longreen Marwood daughter. The ram, part of Mr Dalton’s 600-ewe flock, will be shown at some local shows this summer.
For the first time the Zwartbles breed had its own classes and the championship was awarded to Charles Scott, of East Middle, Hawick, with a ram bought from John Rowland ,of Anglesey, in a private deal last year.
The ram, part of Mr Scott’s flock of 33 Zwartbles, won the breed championship at Ayr.
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Supreme sheep inter-breed champ
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