Leading the championship line up at today's Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells, was the winner of the aged ewe class and the female championship, Procters Farm's PFD1302614.
This daughter of Scholars Twenty Twelve is out of a dam by the 50,000gns Haddo Ringleader and was interbreed champion at the Royal Welsh last year as well as being breed champion at the Highland last year and reserve champion at this year's Highland. She capped a hat trick of Royal Welsh championships for the Procters Farm team under the management of Jeff and Jennifer Aiken.
Judge Gordon Gray said his winner was a stand out from the minute he saw her. "She's an exceptional ewe, well balanced and full of flesh. She has great width through her top and quarters as well as standing well on he legs and has exceptional breed character.
"I've been coming to the Royal Welsh for a few years now and without doubt the quality here today was the best I've seen. There was great quality at the top of every class and the sheep were a credit to the breed and the breeders."
Standing reserve overall was the reserve female champion, Will and Liz McCaffrey's shearling ewe. She is by Garngour Upperclass and out of a dam by Ghyros Rambo which was reserve female at the Royal Welsh as a ewe lamb in 2012. This was the gimmer's first outing of the year, with her having stood third at Great Yorkshire as a ewe lamb.
Mr Gray said the gimmer had been the best sheep in the strongest class of the day and was another exceptional female. She has all the feminity I want combined with a superb carcass and great character.
In the male championship the leader was Boden and Davies' shearling ram, Knock Will I Am. This 70,000gns purchase from Lanark last year is by the 13,000gns sire Garngour Vintage is out of a dam by Tophill Nockout and carries an index of 280.
Standing reserve male was the winner of the ram lamb class, again from Boden and Davies, this time BGS1602115. This one is a son of Strathbogie Whiplash out of a Cowal dam by Cairnam Talisman. Mr Gray said both his males were exceptional carcass sheep with the shearling displaying great size for his age and being a strong, correct tup.
Winning the aged ram class was Michael James with Meinspride Usain, a ram which won the same class last year.
Then in the ewe lambs the winner was Matthew MacTaggart with his lamb MTR1600976, a lamb by Ettrick Waikato Chief which had also stood first at the Highland.
1 – Michael James Meinspride Usain
2 – N E and J A Gibbs’ Erw Victor
3 – Antony Williams’ Tatham Hall Ur The One
4 – E Evans and Son’s Thacka Unite
1 – Boden and Davies’ Knock Will I Am
2 – Procters Farm’s Llangwm Wario
3 – Matthew MacTaggart’s Greenall Wreck It Ralph
4 – Tomos Adams’ Alwent Waterloo
5 – Ellen Valley Washington
1 – Boden and Davies’ BGS1602115
2 – James Draper’s DHL1601072
3 – William McCaffrey’s YWM1600543
4 – Robin Clwyd Ellis’ ECE1601304
5 – Robin Clwyd Ellis’ ECE1601301
1 – Procters Farm’s PFD1302614
2 – Robert Bennett’s BFE1200055
3 - Matthew McTaggart’s MTR1300453
4 – R E J Pierce’s PRE1200196
5 – Ian and Fiona Andrews’ CTO1300366
1 – William McCaffrey’s YWM1500317
2 – Boden and Davies’ BGS1501682
3 – D and T Bradley Farmer’s FTD1501755
4 – Procters Farm’s PFD150017
5 – Robert Bennet’s BFE1505078
1 – Matthew McTaggart’s MTR1600976
2 – William McCaffrey’s YWM1600534
3 – Robin Clwyd Ellis’ ECE1601332
4 – Procters Farm’s PFD1600608
5 – Procters Farm’s PFD1600607
Group of Three
1 – William McCaffrey