It’s been a hectic first morning in the sheep rings here at the Great Yorkshire show, Harrogate, with judges working through a number of breeds in good time.
Despite some breeders being unable to attend due to bluetongue there is still a good show of sheep in the sheds, so well done to all concerned for getting them here.
So, here goes for the results so far;
In the Any Other Native section judged by John Thorley the champion ticket went to J E Pocock’s Poll Dorset ram lamb with reserve taken by the female champion, E P R Lambert’s Hill Radnor ewe.
The Any Other Continental section, also judged by Mr Thorley, went to the Vendeen ram of G P Pannett, with the Rouge shearling ewe from J F Redfern standing reserve.
Among the Charollais it was the senior tup from T S Hunter which caught judge David Roberts’ eye, with Carol Grain and Geoff Watson’s stylish shearling ewe in second spot.
Noted Yorkshire butcher Brian Glaves had success in the Leicester Longwool classes, taking the overall ticket with his shearling ram ahead of Mrs Goodman’s shearling ewe.
In the Mashams it was C Douthwaite’s pen of two shearling ewes which took champion spot, with A J Fisher’s single shearling ewe following up in reserve.
Across in the Suffolks Chris Holmes, Worcester, found his top sheep in the form of G L Rigby’s shearling ram and reserve here went to I D Briggs’ shearling ewe.
Nicola Bell, daughter of Kirkby Stephen auctioneer Stuart, took the championship in the Swaledales with a ewe, while J H and J Ryder and Sons’ ram stood reserve.
Texel champion was S and S Richardson’s ewe lamb, with reserve here going to P C Longdin’s ewe.
More results from this afternoon’s judging will follow later, as will a selection of pictures of the champions………