For the second successive year, a ram from the Parkmore flock of Mr John Crawford had won the supreme championship award at the annual show of pedigree Blackface shearling rams which was held by the Ulster Ram Breeders’ Association at Ballymena Mart during this week in 1970.
The ram, of Scottish breeding, won for Mr Crawford no less than three trophies, the Allam Cup, the McIlmoyle Cup and the BOCM plaque.
Prior to the show which had been held the previous year Mr Crawford had brought out the reserve champion on now fewer than seven occasions but had never before exhibited the show champion. Success in September 1970 gave him his second ever championship win in two years.
Scottish judge Mr A McIntosh commented that there had been a marked increase in the standard of the entries since he had last judged the event some six years previously, but that the general consensus of opinion amongst the exhibitors was that the quality was slightly down on 1969.
“Both the champion and the reserve were very good examples of the breed,” said Mr McIntosh.
The reserve champion of the show was shown by Mr John Murphy Jnr, Ballincaird, Broughshane, was reserve for the Allam, McIlmoyle and BOCM trophies and winner of the Ulster Ram Breeders’ Cup and Helmatac tankard.
In the single ram class, first prize went to an animal entered by Messrs T and A C Gibspn, Rathsherry, Broughshane, while second was a ram shown by Mr John Crawford.
Mr Crawford collected the first prize rosette in the group of five class while Mr John Smyth, Terrydoo, Limavady, brought out the first prizewinner in the class for the best pair of rams.
Awards and prices in guineas were as follows:
Shearling ram - 1, 2 and reserve champion, reserve URBA Cup, Messrs T and A C Gibson, Rathsherry, Broughshane, 100; 2, John Crawford, Parkmore, 70; 3, Joe Smyth, Upper Littlederry, Limavady, 90; 4, John Smyth, Terrydoo, Limavady, 65; 5, Messrs T and A C Gibson, 60; 6, James Crawford, The Rock, Newtowncrommelin, 60; reserve, Messrs T and A C Gibson, 60; highly commended, John Smyth, 60, commended, W A McFarlane, Derryork, Dungiven, 40.
Group of five shearling rams - 1, supreme champion, R J Allam Cup, Rev R j McIlmoyle Trophy, BOCM Plaque, Sir Allan Adair Challenge Cup and Thibenzole dosing gun, John Crawford, 320, 200, 80, 70, 60; 2, reserve Sir Allan Challenge Cup, Messrs T and A C Gibson, 120, 120, 100, 80, 70; 3, Joe Smyth, 180, 65, 55, 55, 50; 4, Messrs T and A C Gibson, 80, 65, 60, 50, 40; 5, reserve supreme champion, reserve R J Allam Cup, reserve R J McIlmoyle Trophy, URBA Cup and Helmatac Tankard, John Murphy Jnr, Ballinacaird, Broughshane, 220, 45, 45, 42, 32; 6, James B Carson, Ballybogie, Clough, 100, 60, 40, 35, 28; reserve, Joe Smyth, 55, 40, 40, 35 and 10; highly commended, W Gibson, Bracken, Glen, Loughloughan, Broughshane, 65, 50, 40, 30, 28; commended, Thomas Gordon and Son, Omerbane, Cloughmills, 50, 42, 40, 35 and 32.
Pair of shearling rams (confined to members with 10 or less exhibits) - 1, Samuel White Memorial Challenge Cup, John Smyth, Terrydoo, Limavady, 65 and 60; 2, reserve White Memorial Challenge Cup, Messrs F and M Crawford, Glenhead, Glenwherry, 200 and 38; 3, Roger Crawford, Parkmore, Ballymena, 80 and 42; 4, W Gibson, 50 and 40; 5, W A McFarlane, 40 and 35; reserve, Max Smyth, Cam, Macosquin, Coleraine, 180 and 30; H C Lord Glentoran, Doagh, 35 and 27; commended, William Smyth, Upper Ballinderry, Limavady, 56 and 50.