Tales From The Fields: Judge awards championship to Comber ram

A few of the rams exhibited at the Border Leicester show at Allam's in October 1970
A few of the rams exhibited at the Border Leicester show at Allam's in October 1970

Considering that the supplementary show and sale of Border Leicesters was the third such event in the space of four weeks, the animals lined up for judging had been of a surprisingly high standard.

That was the verdict of Welshman Mr Don Wrench of Trueddyn, Mold, after completing his judging assignment in Belfast this week in October 1970.

There was a lot of interest in the show and sale of Border Leicester show at Allam's in October 1970

There was a lot of interest in the show and sale of Border Leicester show at Allam's in October 1970

He said: “I was pleasantly surprised by the general quality considering this was third show of Border Leicesters inside a few weeks.

“The lambs were particularly impressive and the top two sheep could hold their own in any company.”

Mr Wrench awarded the supreme championship rosette to a ram entered by Mr Alex Minnis of Mossvale, Comber, which also took the first place in its class.

Runner-up for the championship was a first prizewinning ewe lamb brought out by Messrs Graham and McCrumm of Tullyvallen House, Dromara.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the general quality considering this was third show of Border Leicesters inside a few weeks.”

Mr Don Wrench of Trueddyn, Mold

The other class, for earmarked shearling rams, was won by an animal exhibited by Mr Robert Mulligan of Brague, Corbet, Banbridge.

Class results were as follows:

Earmarked lamb - 1, Alex Minnis, Mossvale, Comber, 2, T and J Horner, Coach Road, Comber, 3, J H McConnell, Cavanhill, Rathfriland; reserve, Samuel Holden, Ballygowan, Ballynure, highly commended, R J Beck and Son, Cleigh, Corbet, Banbridge, commended, T and J Horner.

Earmarked shearling ram - 1, and highly commended, Robert Mulligan, Brague, Corbet, Banbridge, 2, R J Beck and Son, 3, William Agnew, Ballyfore, Raloo, Larne; reserve, Robert McGregor, Riverdale, Clintagh, Ballynahinch; commended, D C Magowan, Leggygowan, Saintfield.

Mr Alex Minnis, Mossvale, Comber, with his supreme champion, in October 1970

Mr Alex Minnis, Mossvale, Comber, with his supreme champion, in October 1970

Earmarked ewe lamb - 1, and 2, Graham and McCrumm, Tullyvallen House, Dromara, 3, and highly commended, J H McConnell; reserve, T and J Horner; commended, Graham and McCrumm.

After completing the judging of the supplementary show of Border Leicesters at Allam’s, Mr Don Wrench of Mold, North Wales, endorsed his own judgment by purchasing the supreme champion of the show for 41 guineas.

The animal, entered by Mr Alex Minnis of Mossvale, Comber, was one of three animals bought at the event by the Welsh breeder.

Another Welshman, Mr Roy Hughes of Oswestry, a regular visitor to Northern Ireland, purchased another four UIster animals for his own extensive Border Leicester flock.

Three animals made 27 guineas at the sale: a ram lamb entered by Messrs T and J Horner, Comber, was knocked down to Mr Dan McLornan, Crumlin, a similar animal shown by Mr J H McConnellm, Rathfriland, was bought by Mr R McGregor, Ballynahinch, and a earmarked ram offered by Mr Robert Mulligan of Banbridge was sold to Mr F McNeilly, Draperstown.

A second prizewinning ram from the flock of Messrs R J Beck and Son, Banbridge, was knocked down to Mr Sam Black, Portstewart, for 25 guineas and a ram lamb entered by Mr Alex Minnis attracted a similar bid from Mr M J McIlroy, Carrickfergus.

Mr R McGregor, Ballynahinch, sold a ram lamb for 23 guineas to Mr James Gabbie, Crossgar, and Mr Samuel Holden, Ballynure, received 21 guineas for a ram shown by Mr W Miskimmons, Crossgar.

The first prizewinner ewe lamb shown by Messrs Graham and McCrumm, Dromara, was sold for 19 guineas to Mr J H McConnell.