Douglas to judge stellar Suffolk line-up

Another stellar line up of Suffolks is set for Balmoral Park.
Another stellar line up of Suffolks is set for Balmoral Park.
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Renowned Scottish breeder Jimmy Douglas will judge this year’s Suffolk classes at next week’s Balmoral Show.

Douglas, who runs the famed Cairness flock in Aberdeenshire, will have the unenviable task of picking a winner from a total of five classes before selecting the special prizewinners and, of course, the supreme RUAS champion for 2015.

Judging takes place on Wednesday, starting at 1pm and Northern Ireland’s leading breeders will again put their best foot forward is presenting another stellar line-up.

Competition in the Suffolk judging ring is best described as fierce but friendly and this healthy rivalry merely adds to the sense of occasion as local flock owners set their sights on a Royal Ulster Agricultural Society champion rosette.

Balmoral is a major shop window for breeders and potential customers alike, with pedigree flock owners and commercial sheep producers getting a first glimpse of the cream of the 2015 lamb crop, some of which will become available for purchase during the summer selling season.

The Northern Ireland Branch would encourage all visitors to call at the Suffolk fold where their members will be only too keen to offer advice as well as flagging up the many attributes that has kept the Suffolk to the forefront of sheep breeding for more years than most care to remember.

The Northern Ireland Branch has a range of activities planned for the agricultural extravaganza and away from the serious business of judging the Branch is again holding it’s ever popular stock-judging competition.

The competition will be held on the Wednesday directly after the judging of the various Suffolk classes has been completed.

Prizes for this year’s event have again been generously sponsored by United Feeds Ltd and Ivan Porter, who sells a wide range of agricultural products.

There are three classes in the stock-judging - under-18, 19-25 years and 26 and over - with prizes for each category.

Entry is free and open to everyone who attends the show. Scores recorded on the day will also be used in deciding end-of-season prizes and silverware.

For further information contact chairman L Liggett 07894 987501 or secretary Orla Butler by emailing obutler1@eircom.net.