Countryside Live 2011: Beltex dominate sheep championships

Two pairs of Beltex x lambs dominated the sheep championships at Countryside Live today, with the title of supreme champion pair of butchers lambs going to last year’s winners Joanna Hall and Johnny Aiken, who run 2,000 ewes in Carlisle.


sheep champ web.JPGThe pair won the title of champion pair of continental lambs before lifting the overall title for supreme pair.  Ms Hall said they plan to take stock to Agri-Expo next week.


Judge Phillip Houldey said of the pair:  “They are what I call the perfect pair.  They were evenly fleshed throughout and the right weight – 75kg – for today’s trade.”


Taking reserve supreme champion pair and reserve champion pair of continental lambs, was another pair of Beltex x lambs from friends George Cropper and Harry Wood.


champ reserve sheep web.JPGMr Cropper said:  “This is the first time we have come here, and we plan to take them on to English Winter Fair.”  The friends brought a lamb from each of their farms, where they farm pedigree Simmentals and pedigree Beltex.


Meanwhile, the title of champion pair of native lambs went to Mr A L Thompson’s pair of Suffolk x lambs.  The family run 300 ewes in Lancashire, and plan to take the pair on to Agri-Expo in Carlisle next weekend.


native champ sheep web.JPGThe title of reserve champion pair of native lambs was awarded to B & M Watkinson’s Suffolk x Texel lambs, born in March this year.  This follows on from them winning first in their class and reserve champions at Masham Sheep Fair last month.


And last but not least, the title of champion single butchers lamb went to Messrs R Hall & Son’s Beltex lamb.  Reserve went to A M & H V Brown for their Beltex x.