Great Yorkshire Show 2013: Percy Tait takes sheep inter-breed title

FOR the third year running the Great Yorkshire Show sheep inter-breed championship went to Percy Tait, Worcestershire, with a British Rouge female.

This time is was a home-bred shearling ewe by a ram bought at Carlisle from George Knox, Northern Ireland. Shown by Will Price, it went forward to the final judging as winner of the shortwool/lowland female championship has already been breed champion at the Royal Three Counties Show this season.

Reserve overall was the winner of the Longwool female championship, a Wensleydale yearling ewe in full wool from Ernie Sherwin. Bred by Mary Smith, it is by Mr Sherwin’s ram, Nosterfield Winalot, and is one of 10 Wensleydales kept by him near Bedale, North Yorkshire.

Mr Tait also took the shortwool/lowland male championship with a home-bred Bleu du Maine shearling ram by Tignahinch Jumping Jack and the reserve with a British Rouge ram. Reserve shortwool/lowland female was the any other continental breed female champion, a Blue Texel shearling ewe from A.T. Froggatt, Staffordshire.

The Longwool male championship went to a Leicester Longwool shearling ram from Chris Mudd, Scarborough, which was having its first outing. Taking the male hill championship was a home-bred two-shear North Country Cheviot ram by Achalone Wickerman from Achalone Cheviots, Anstruther, Fife, which was making its showring debut. The female champion in this section was a two-shear Rough Fell ewe from Brian and Jayne Knowles, which was a class winner at last year’s show when its dam was also Rough Fell champion.  

Terminal sire

Charollais dominated the terminal sire championships, with the male title going to Sam and Stephen Hodgson, Bedale with Halfpenny Kaiser, a three-shear ram by Foulrice Gallant, whose mother was bought in-lamb from Charles Marwood, York, and which was a class winner at the Royal Highland Show this year.

The female section was won by Geoff and Carol Watson, Kettering, Northamptonshire, with a one-crop ewe, Sulwood Ladybird, by Crogham Knight Errant. It has been inter-breed champion at Rutland, Bath and West and Norfolk shows this year. 

Reserve male in the terminal sire section was the Texel male champion, Meon Down Spartacus, by Livery Predator, from F.E. Moffat, Petersfield, Hampshire. Female reserve was the female and overall Texel champion, a two-crop ewe, by Muiresk Blondin, from John Forsyth’s Glenside flock which had been reserve breed champion at the Royal Highland Show.

The commercial female championship went to Fran and Ron Wilson, Armathwaite, Cumbria, with a Mule shearling which was bought as a lamb, from Neil Marston, Millstone Moor, when it was in the first prize-winning pen at Cockermouth livestock market.

The Great Yorkshire Show hosts the biggest fleece show in the country and this year the championship went to a Derbyshire Gritstone fleece from Jim and Christine Scrivin, Skipton, North Yorkshire, who were winning this award for the third time.

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