14th - 16th May 2014
Supreme Champion Texel - GAF1300824 – Royal Ulster Show 2014 – Alastair Gault, Forkins
It was a day of domination for the Forkins flock of Alastair Gault in the Texel lines at this year's Balmoral Show, Northern Ireland, when a gimmer from the flock took the breed championship followed up by a one-crop ewe from the flock in reserve spot.
Continuing the Forkins theme gimmers from the flock stood first to third in the class, while a Forkins ewe lamb also won her class.
Mr Gault's show leader, GAF1300824, is a daughter of Knock Travis out of Douganhill McFly dam which is from the same family as Mr Gault's breed and interbreed champion at Balmoral two years ago which later sold for 11,000gns.
Judge John McKerrow of the Grougfoot flock said the top two females had been hard to split, but the gimmer won out for her style and easy fleshing nature. "She is an exceptional gimmer which stood out in her class. It was a hard call between her and the older ewe, but she just edged it on the day."
Taking the reserve was a Sportsman's Scania sired first crop ewe, GAF1200526. She's out of a dam by Clynnog Joe Tex and going back to a Sweet Wall ewe.
Mr Gault said he was delighted to have picked up the Balmoral championship again, with the reserve breed championship being the icing on the cake. "I knew we had some good females in the team, but to win all three female classes was exceptional."
Taking the male ticket for the sheep of the best opposite sex to the champion was the winner of the ram lamb class from James Wilson. This lamb, WWB1400592, is by the successful breeding sire, the 60,000gns Teiglum Tornado, and is out of a dam by Carmavy Striker.
Taking the reserve best opposite sex ticket was John Foster's winner from the aged tup class, Springhill Twenty Twelve. This tup, a son of Halley Pathfinder, is out of a dam by Blackstown Milo and was male champion at Balmoral last year. He's a full brother to Springhill Silver Bullet.
Winning the shearling ram class was Paul O'Connor with his southern Irish bred tup Oberstown Usain Bolt, a Kelso Pavarotti son, while the ewe lamb winner was a Duncryne Uber Cool daughter.
1- John Foster's Springhill Twenty Twelve
2- John Foster's Ballydesland Thunder King
3- James Cleland's Ballynahone Terrific
4- Stewart Ferris' Rose Hall Sire Percy
1 - Paul O'Connor's Oberstown Usain Bolt
2 - Gareth Tumelty's Aideshill Utilise
3- John Foster's Derryhoney Unbeatable
4- S and J McCollam's Foyle View
5- James Adams' Killyvolgan RRY130004
1 - Alastair Gault's GAF1200526
2- James Wilson's WWB1100175
3 -Henry Gamble's GRS1100466
4- Henry Gamble's GRS1100425
5- Martin and Cyril and Millar's VMG1100376
1 - Alastair Gault's GAF1300824
2- Alastair Gault's GAF1300827
3- Alastair Gault's GAF1300887
4- James Wilson's WWB1300476
5- Martin and Cyril Millar's VMG1300818
1 - James Wilson's WWB1400592
2- Alastair Gault's GAF14001161
3- Henry Gamble's GRS140016
4- Peter Boyd's XPB1400674
5- Henry Gamble's GRS140017
1- Alastair Gault's GAF14001158
2- Alastair Gault's GAF14001154
3- Messrs Millar and McComb's VMM140330
4 - Messrs Gault and O'Connor
5- Leanne Rutherford's TYC140408