Taking Stock: Pig interbreed results from Balmoral Show

Claiming the silverware in the pig ring at the Balmoral Show and taking the interbreed champion title for third consecutive year was Trevor Shields with his September-2015-born gilt Glenmarshal Dainty Lady 3647A.

She had been crowned Large White champion earlier in the day and was shown in pig by his son William, 27, having been served three weeks ago.


Glenmarshal Dainty Lady 3647A from Glenmarshal Pigs

It was the Shields family’s 40th year showing at Balmoral. They run a 700-sow herd of Landraces and Large Whites at their home in Kilkeel, County Down.

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Reserve interbreed champion went to Kilcot Princess Freda 3, shown by Brian Kelly of Donagheragh Pedigree Pigs, Lurgan, County Armagh.

Kilcot Princess Freda 3 of Donagheragh Pedigree Pigs, Co. Armagh

Kilcot Princess Freda 3 of Donagheragh Pedigree Pigs, Co. Armagh

Earlier in the day, the July 2014-born sow beat off stiff competition from other traditional breeds to be named the traditional breeds champion. Out of Onnyview Princess Freda and sired by Pebblesford Sambo, Kilcot Princess Freda 3 is a first-time winner at Balmoral.

Mr Kelly and Kilcot Princess Freda 3 will head to the Great Yorkshire Show in July.

Judge John Millard, who has 2,500 Large White and Welsh pigs at his home in Caxton, Cambridgeshire, said the champion gilt was a “very good example of a modern Large White”, adding: “She has an exceptionally good underline, good feet, a nice, long leg with a good ham and very good overall conformation.”

On the day he said youth won the beauty pageant, adding: “A young female tends to be that bit more beautiful than an older animal – it’s a bit like girls.”