It’s been a busy morning in the sheep rings here at Harrogate, with many of the major breeds already judged and thankfully the predicted rain has held off.
In the Texel classes the championship went to Procters Farm with their shearling ewe. This Haddo Ringleader daughter is out of a dam by Forkins Nijinsky. In reserve was aged tup Baltier Panther from Charlie Boden.
Then in the Suffolk classes the winner was a two shear ewe from P J Lupton. This is by Rookery CKOne and one of a homebred dam by Manorhouse Hotspot. It was an all female line up here, with the reserve spot going to a shearling ewe from Lilburn Estates. This one is by Muirton Kickoff and out of a homebred ewe.
Across in the Charollais classes the winner was Percy Tait with his aged tup Knockout. This is a Eurostar son out of a ewe bred by May Tulloch in the Rutland flock. Reserve to him was Charles Marwood with a gimmer by Castellau Krypton and out of a homebred dam.
Winning the Beltex championship was Dave Thornley with his shearling tup by Bacchus van Groetenhof and out of an imported ewe. Reserve here was a shearling ewe by 18,000gns tup Dooley Napal from Kevin and Rachel Buckle. This was Buckles Raspberry Ripple.
Swaledale champion was Tom Bradley’s aged ram, with T W Hutchinson’s aged ewe standing reserve. And in the Herdwick classes the winner was Messrs Grave and Watson’s shearling tup, with J G Harryman’s ewe in reserve.