Royal Welsh Show
Aged Tup is Royal Welsh Show Texel Champion
In a change of form from the previous major shows this year the Texel champion at today's Royal Welsh Show was the winner of the male championship, David and Thomas Bradley Farmer's homebred aged tup Meon Down Spartacus.<
Male and overall champion at the Royal Welsh was David and Thomas Bradley Farmer's aged ram Meon Down Spartacus
Judge Steve Smith of the Pen Parc flock praised the champion for his exceptional fleshing, mobility and breed character.
"He's a great example of the breed, strong throughout and carrying plenty of flesh in the right places. Crucially, despite it being a very hot day the sheep have stood the test which shows the adaptability of the modern British Texel to a wide variety of conditions and environments."
Spartacus, a two-shear tup, is a son of 5800gns sire Livery Predator and is out of a Meinspride ewe which goes back to Meinspride Ombassi. He has previously been male champion at the Great Yorkshire Show earlier in the month.
Standing reserve overall and reserve male champion was a ram lamb, Sportsmans Unbeatable, from the Sportsmans flock of Charlie Boden and family. This one is a son of 42,000gns Lanark purchase Tullylagan Tonka and is out of a dam by 42,000gns sired Cowal Rob Roy II.
Aged ewe winner and female champion was Des and Irena Lewis' ewe
Taking the day's female championship was the top placed aged ewe from Des and Irena Lewis' Einon flock. This one, a Knock ewe HAK1100238 which was bought last autumn for 2800gns from Albert and George Howie, Peterhead. She is by Cambwell Rob Roy and out of a dam by Anglezarke Krug.
Following through from the class to take the reserve female title was Robert Bennett's ewe from the Plasucha flock, a Skiddaw Magic daughter out of a Pen Parc dam by Clougher Irishman. This one was bought inside her dam when the Bennett's purchased her.
Texel sired lambs were also to the fore in the Show's carcass competitions, with a Texel cross carcass from Adrian Windsor taking the show's overall carcass championship.
Mr Windor's carcass weighed 40kg as a live lamb and killed out as an E2 carcass weighing 21.5kg, giving it a killing out percentage of 54%.
And the Davies family of the Caebetran flock also enjoyed considerable success too, collecting first prize in the class for lightweight carcasses suitable for the Mediterranean market. Their Texel sired carcass came from a lamb which weighed 28kg alive and killed out at 14kg. This one graded U2.
On top of that a Texel cross carcass was also the winner of the annual Asda/Dunbia LambLink lamb steak competition staged on the first day of the show. The winning steak came from a lamb submitted to Dunbia by Anglesey-based Cemlyn Williams.
The steak came from a 19.5kg carcass which classified U3L. The March born lamb is one of 300 supplied to Dunbia every year from the 200 ewe flock.
1st D and T Bradley Farmer - Meon Down Spartacus FTD 1100722
2nd D and T Bradley Farmer - Heys Strathbogie Supersized IMH 1100681
3rd D I Corfield and Partners - Arkle Saucerer WGA 1100669
4th W O J Reed - Caerionion Rocket - PEC 1000022
5th Drayton Farm Partnership - Fresh Fields Red Light RFF 1000019
1st D G and N Williams - Knock Talisman HAK1200422
2nd D and T Bradley Farmer - Meon Down FTD1200894
3rd Boden and Davies - Milnbank Times Square LYM1200674
4th Procters Farm - Scholars Twenty Twelve YWM 12000101
5th J B Joseph - Ellen Valley Trojan YGW 1201049
|Taking top spot in the shearling ewes was Robert Pierce's gimmer|
|Reserve female champion was the second prize aged ewe from Robert Bennett|
|Leading the shearling ram class was Knock Talisman from the Williams family|
|Reserve male champion and first prize ram lamb was Charlie Boden's Tullylagan Tonka son|
|Winning the ewe lamb class was William and Elizabeth McCaffrey's lamb|