Ken Riggall calls it a day
A TOP Suffolk flock is to be sold, when its shepherd retires after more than 40 years of service, spanning three owners.
Ken Riggall has seen stock from the Badlingham flock collect more than 1200 prizes and rosettes, among them the supreme and reserve championship at the Royal Show. "The only major prize to elude us has been Smithfields major award," says Mr Riggall.
And stock from the flock, owned for the last 20 years by Suffolk-based RL Long Farms, has been exported around the world, including to India, South Africa and the former Yugoslavia.
Although now down to a nucleus of 25 ewes – and marking his 50th and last season showing sheep – Mr Riggall is still getting among the awards, recently bagging a hatfull at the South Suffolk Show.
"I am approaching my 76th birthday and want to retire at the top. I will be sorry to leave the flock but hope it will be sold as a whole. Although I will not be part of the deal this time, I will be available to offer advice and would like to visit it in the future," he says. *
Robert Long, left, with shepherd Ken Riggall at the South Suffolk show.