In a very hot and sunny sheep ring here at the Royal Welsh Show, the RWAS supreme pairs championship silverware has just been awarded to a Charollais pair from the Ingram family at Logie Durno Farm, Aberdeenshire.
Shown by Gregor and Bruce Ingram, the pair consisted of tup Ffrwd Lord of the Rings and ewe Logie Durno Kate. The tup was orginally bought at the Builth National Sale last year for 3,200gns and is a Rhyaeder ram. Today’s show was his first outing.
Logie Durno Kate was part of the reserve interbreed pair at the Royal Highland Show in June, and her broether won the Charollais breed title at the Royal Welsh two years ago. This two-crop ewe is out of a Rutland ewe and by Rockvilla Golden Promise who has won the interbreed championship at the Welsh before.
Standing in reserve was a Kerry Hill pair consisting of a shearling ram from Geraint Roberts, Pengern Bach, Conwy, and a shearline ewe from Sion Jones’ Frongoy, Ceredigion.
The tup is by Mincowl, which was bred by T. Frances, and out of a homebred ewe. Mr Roberts now plans to sell him later in the year to Ireland. The ewe was bred by J P Owens and bought at the Ludlow sale for £300. She previously won reserve interbreed in the rare breed classes at the Three Counties Show.
Judge Duncan Currie, who keeps 180 pedigree Texel ewes at Tilt Hammer Mill, North Yorkshire, said: “I thought the champion pair were absolutely superb. The female was quite an exceptional sheep. They are powerful and as square as a block. The reserve pair had perfect heads and character, and their stance on the front feet was quite exceptional.”