Balmoral Show: Cappagh herd seals pig championship

A “very fine” example of a traditional Large White from the Cappagh Greenbank line of Robin and Agnes Todd, Riverside Farm, Banbridge, won the overall Supreme championship at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society Balmoral Show on Wednesday (10 May). 

The maiden gilt was by a champion boar and was out of a Coppagh Greenback dam.

A champion pig stands in a field

Champion pig was a maiden gilt from the Todds of County Down

In reserve was Trevor Shields of Glenmarshal Sires, Kilkeel, Newry, with a pure Large White commercial pork pig at just shy of 120kg from his 1,000-sow commercial unit.

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A pig stands in a field

The reserve champion pig came from the Glenmarshal herd

The January-born entry was described by judge Phil Fowlie as a “quality bacon pig that the current market requires” and is the product of more than 40 years of Glenmarshal breeding.

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