Dutch Texel lambs swept the board at the Welsh Winter Fair, taking both the supreme championship and the reserve supreme championship in the live section and also the reserve championship in the single carcass competition and the supreme championship in the pairs carcass competition.
Taking the show’s supreme live championship were Steve and Sara Gibbons, Hay-on-Wye with a pair of Dutch Texel ewe lambs which tipped the scales at a combined weight of 92kg and went on to sell for £1500 apiece to one of the show’s judges, Alun Richards, Pumpsaint, Carmarthenshire.
Meanwhile, taking the reserve supreme title under championship judge Rob Rattray were another pair of Dutch Texel ewe lambs, this time from Olwen Jones and her daughter Myfanwy Roberts, St Clears.
In the carcass section it was lambs from Herefordshire-based Robin Slade which took the awards for the breed, with a single Dutch Texel lamb from Mr Slade taking the reserve single carcass title and a pair of similarly bred lambs from the same home taking the pairs championship.
This wrapped up a successful couple of weeks for Mr Slade who had also picked up the reserve overall championship along with the untrimmed lamb championship and the reserve carcass championship at the English Winter Fair, Stafford, a fortnight earlier.
Mr Slade’s reserve overall champions at Stafford weighed in at 42kg and were by a homebred sire from the Weekfield flock. His untrimmed champions and reserve overall carcass champion were similarly bred.