Charollais again tops Danske Bank Sheep Championship

A Charollais ewe exhibited by Jonathan Aiken from Dromara was placed Fifth in the NISA / Danske Bank Sheep Championship who is pictured with his winning animal accompanied by Bill Leeman, NISA, and Debbie Reid representing long-standing competition sponsor Danske Bank.
A Charollais ewe exhibited by Jonathan Aiken from Dromara was placed Fifth in the NISA / Danske Bank Sheep Championship who is pictured with his winning animal accompanied by Bill Leeman, NISA, and Debbie Reid representing long-standing competition sponsor Danske Bank.
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The final of the 2015 Northern Ireland Shows Association/Danske Bank Sheep Championship took place recently at Antrim Show when a Charollais ewe from the flock of Diane Christie at Comber walked off with top honours to repeat the breeds success in the last two years.

The rain stayed away to allow many of the province’s leading breeding ewes, which had all pre-qualified at shows right across Northern Ireland, to parade before judge Jim Warnock – well known Texel breeder from Sandilands Farm, Lanark, Scotland who is no stranger in Northern Ireland.

Texel breeder Louise Breen from Tempo took Fourth place in the prestigious NISA / Danske Bank Sheep Championship line-up and is pictured receiving the award from John Henning, Danske Bank accompanied by Colin McDonald, NISA and George Robson Jnr, Antrim Show.

Texel breeder Louise Breen from Tempo took Fourth place in the prestigious NISA / Danske Bank Sheep Championship line-up and is pictured receiving the award from John Henning, Danske Bank accompanied by Colin McDonald, NISA and George Robson Jnr, Antrim Show.

After a thorough assessment of all the 14 finalists forward – representing many of the leading sheep breeds – Mr Warnock selected a ‘short leet’ before further appraisal prior to his final selection. At that stage he awarded the Championship to a Charollais ewe exhibited by Diane Christie which had qualified in early June.

This was another success for the Lornbrook flock, shown by Trevor Bell, crowning a successful show season for the flock. This is a tremendous achievement given the high calibre of entries during the competition each year.

The reserve award in the NISA/Danske Bank Sheep Championship went to a Suffolk ewe exhibited by Patrick Donnelly from Ballymena.

Third place in the championship line-up went to a Texel ewe exhibited by Liggett and Williamson from Fintona.

A Texel ewe exhibited by Liggett & Williamson from Fintona took the Honourable Mention Award in the NISA / Danske Bank Sheep Championship Final at Antrim Show. Adrian Liggett & Brian Williamson are pictured receiving congratulations from John Henning and Debbie Reid, Danske Bank accompanied by Colin McDonald, NISA.

A Texel ewe exhibited by Liggett & Williamson from Fintona took the Honourable Mention Award in the NISA / Danske Bank Sheep Championship Final at Antrim Show. Adrian Liggett & Brian Williamson are pictured receiving congratulations from John Henning and Debbie Reid, Danske Bank accompanied by Colin McDonald, NISA.

Another Texel ewe exhibited by Louise Breen from Tempo took fourth place in the Championship with Jonathan Aiken from Dromara took fifth place with a Charollais ewe from the Carnew Flock.

Once again this prestigious competition was generously sponsored by Danske Bank with members of the bank’s agribusiness team attending each of the qualifying shows to hand over special rosettes to the winning exhibitors. At the final in Antrim Debbie Reid and John Henning from Danske Bank were on hand to present the specially commissioned Crystal Trophy to the champion and rosettes to all the winning exhibitors.

Danske Bank has now supported this NISA Sheep Championship for almost 30 years and John Henning, head of agricultural relations at Danske Bank, said: “We are pleased to support the Northern Ireland Shows Association and this important competition for pedigree sheep breeders. We have been delighted to work with the NISA once again and this long term sponsorship reflects our ongoing support for the wider agri-food sector in Northern Ireland”

He continued: “Once again we had a good display of some of Northern Ireland’s best sheep forward at the final here in Antrim. At Danske Bank we remain committed to the agricultural industry and recognise the important sheep sector in Northern Ireland.”

The Reserve Champion in the NISA / Danske Bank Sheep Championship was a Suffolk ewe exhibited by Patrick Donnelly from Ballymena who is pictured receiving the winning rosette from John Henning & Debbie Reid, Danske Bank accompanied by Bill Leeman, Chairman, NISA.

The Reserve Champion in the NISA / Danske Bank Sheep Championship was a Suffolk ewe exhibited by Patrick Donnelly from Ballymena who is pictured receiving the winning rosette from John Henning & Debbie Reid, Danske Bank accompanied by Bill Leeman, Chairman, NISA.

Also present at the final were Bill Leeman and Colin McDonald from the Northern Ireland Shows Association along with Antrim Show chairman James Clements and directors George Robson Jnr; John Murphy and Rosemary McAllister.

Danske Bank and the Northern Ireland Shows Association also thank all of the exhibitors who took part in the competition this year and congratulate all the winners who made it to the final and helped ensure another successful show season for this leading competition.

The Charollais breed took top honours in the NISA / Danske Bank Sheep Championship Final on Saturday with a ewe exhibited by Diane Christie from Comber. Handler Trevor Bell is pictured receiving the Crystal Award and rosette from John Henning and Debbie Reid from Danske Bank. accompanied by Robert Wallace, NISA Chairman.

The Charollais breed took top honours in the NISA / Danske Bank Sheep Championship Final on Saturday with a ewe exhibited by Diane Christie from Comber. Handler Trevor Bell is pictured receiving the Crystal Award and rosette from John Henning and Debbie Reid from Danske Bank. accompanied by Robert Wallace, NISA Chairman.