Tales From The Fields: Dundonald breeder takes Leicester championship

The reserve champion at the Border Leicester show and sale held at Allam's in 1970 was an animal shown by Mr James Steele of Ballynure
The reserve champion at the Border Leicester show and sale held at Allam's in 1970 was an animal shown by Mr James Steele of Ballynure

A ram lamb from the flock of Mr William White, Dunlady, Dundonald, collected the supreme championship at show and sale of Border Leicesters which was held this week in 1970 at Allam’s.

Mr White’s ram lamb was sold for the 38 guineas, the highest price for the sale which was held after the show of Border Leicester. The animal was bought by Mr J P Arnold of Browndod, Larne.

The judge at the Border Leicester show and sale held at Allam's in 1970 was Mr W J McElroy. He is pictured here inspecting Border Leicester during the show

The judge at the Border Leicester show and sale held at Allam's in 1970 was Mr W J McElroy. He is pictured here inspecting Border Leicester during the show

Runner-up for the award was a first prizewinning ewe lamb entered by Mr James Steele of Ballynarry, Ballynure.

Show judge, Mr W J McElroy of Carn, Waterside, Londonderry, praised the quality of the top “half-dozen or so” lambs but was somewhat critical of the appearance of some shearling and aged rams.

Mr McElroy, who was making judging “debut” at the event, hadn’t too tough a task for there were only 56 entries and the vast majority of these were in one class.

The class results were as follows:

Mr William White, Dunlady, Dundonald, with the supreme champion at the Border Leicester show and sale held at Allam's in 1970

Mr William White, Dunlady, Dundonald, with the supreme champion at the Border Leicester show and sale held at Allam's in 1970

Earmarked ram lamb - 1, William White, Dunlady, Dundonald; 2 and 3, Alexander Minnis, Mossvale, Tullynagee, Comber; reserve, William A Bell, ‘Fruithill’, Hillsborough; highly commended, Alexander Minnis, commended, T and J Horner, Coach Road, Comber.

Earmarked ram, one or two shear - 1, Robert McCracken, Hillcrest, Whitechurch, Ballywalter; 2, Walter Horner, Ballyaltikilligan, Comber; 3, Robert Mulligan, Brague, Corbet, Banbridge; reserve, William Miskimmin, Raffrey, Crossgar; highly commended, Joseph J McGregor, Carnew, Dromara.

Earmarked ewe lamb - 1, James Steele, Ballynarry, Ballynure; 2, John Spiers, Carnew, Dromara; 3, William White; reserve, John Spiers.

At the sale which was held at Allam’s after the show and in addition to the 38 guineas paid for Mr White’s ram lamb, the second best price of the sale was 36 guineas paid by Messrs R J Beck and Sons, Corbet, Banbridge, for a highly commended ram lamb from the flock of Mr Alexander Minnis, Mossvale, Tullynagee, Comber.

Fourteen animals on offer were knocked down to Mr Roy Hughes of Oswestry, Shropshire, the judge at the Balmoral Border Leicester show which had been held three weeks previously.

Mr Hughes went to 25 guineas for a second prizewinning ram shown by Mr Walter Horner, Ballyaltikilligan, Comber, and to 21 guineas for a third prizewinner from the farm of Mr Robert Mulligan, Brague, Corbet, Banbridge. He also bought the first prizewinning ram from Mr Robert McCracken, Whitechurch, Ballywalter, for 17 guineas.

The second prizewinning ram lamb owned by Mr Alexander Minnis was knocked down to Mr J O B Minford, Templepatrick, for 27 guineas and the third prizewinner from the same flock was purchased by the same buyer.

Mr D Campbell, Islandmagee, bought the winner of the commended rosette from Messrs T and J Horner for 28 guineas.

Ballynure breeder, Mr James Steele’s first prizewinning ewe lamb was sold to Mr J McCusker, Castlewellan, for 22 guineas and the second prizewinner shown by Mr John Spiers, Carnew, Dromara, was sold to Mr Sam McCoubrey, Ballynahinch, for 20 guineas.