It was the turn of the native breeds to dominate in the the interbreed sheep pairs championship here at the Royal Welsh, with all eight of the final short list being native breeds.
Taking the final top spot was the Ryeland duo, both of which came from David Lewis’ 35 ewe flock which runs alongside 160 pedigree Dorset ewes and a pedigree herd of Charolais cattle and a commercial suckler herd. This duo were a homebred shearling ram and shearling ewe. They were reserve interbreed pair at the Three Counties show earlier in the year.
Reserve pair were the Poll Dorsets, both of which came from Colin and Tom Clark, Devon. The male in the duo was a Ballytaggart two shear ram which was bought for 900gns when he was champion at the May Fair in 2008. Joining the tup was the female champion, a shearling ewe by another Ballytaggart tup.
Judge Mrs Chilman said the Ryelands were a perfectly matched pair and said there had been nothing in the Continentals on show to tempt her, despite many ringsiders feeling the Rouge pair would have featured in the final line up.