Championship honours in the sheep lines at Newark and Notts this weekend went to the Suffolk leader from Thomas Blunt, Milton Keynes. This one, a January 2008-born shearling ewe had stood champion under breed chairman Michael Weaver and is by a Northcroft sire out of an Alloaks ewe bred by the Pinnys, Northampton.

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Standing reserve overall was the Charollais champion from Cecil Thomas. This one is by Dalby High Flyer and out of a homebred ewe from Mr Thomas’ 60-ewe flock.

Mr Thomas also enjoyed success in the interbreed group class which I judged this morning, taking the top ticket there with a brace of shearling ewes and a tup, Charles Sercombe stood second with another trio of Charollais.

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