Trevor Shields takes third pig inter-breed title at Balmoral

BY RICHARD HALLERON

Co Down pig breeder Trevor Sheilds won his third consecutive Balmoral Pig Inter-Breed championship yesterday, with his Large White Glenmarshal Rope.

Champion pig -  lot number 1150 - Large White

“His great grandfather was a Yorkshire Show Inter Breed Champion back in 2012. He has been bred to produce superior female breeding lines,” explained Mr Shields.

He will now be heading back home to be used within the Glenmarshal AI stud in Kilkeel.

In reserve place was Forthill Ellen, a Gloucester Old Spot sow owned by Co Armagh herd owner Brian Kelly and bred by Kenny Gracey, Tandragee.

Reserve Champion pig - lot number 1159 - Gloucestershire Old Spot

“I bought her at eight weeks of age. She won her class at Balmoral last year and then went on pick up the Gloucester breed title at the Great Yorkshire event.

“She will pig for the fifth time in July. We inseminated her with 15 year old semen from a Deerpark boar.  There has been a tremendous upsurge in demand for native bred pigs in Ireland over recent years.”