Bath and West Show 2012: Pig interbreed championship

 

3152012 Pig Champ.JPGIt was a double whammy in the pig ring for the Newth family, of nearby Manor Farm, Shepton Mallet.

 

Their interbreed championship win with Large White gilt Prestleigh Beryl is the fourth such win in a row at The Royal Bath and West.

 

In 2009 they took the title with a Large White boar, followed by a gilt of the same breed in 2010 and then won in 2011 with a Saddleback boar.

 

This year’s champion’s dam’s sire won in 2009. Beryl herself was breed champion at the recent Devon Show. She will now head to the Cornwall Show, Three Counties and Great Yorkshire, where she has qualified for pig of the year.

 

September 2011 born Beryl is by Seaborough King David and out of Prestcombe Beryl and was homebred by the Newths. Shown in the ring by Julian Newth, judge Peter Churchyard said: “This is a marvellous pig for the breed. She has a lovely back end, nice straight top and her legs are very sound. She will make a great breeding sow.”

 

The reserve was taken by Landrace sow, Prestcombe Vega 8, this time handled in the ring by Mr Newth’s 19 year old daughter, Alice. She is by Deerpark Enorm and out of Prestcombe Vega.

 

This one took the breed championship at the show last year and recently took reserve interbreed at the Devon Show. She also won female pig of the year at the Great Yorkshire as a gilt.