Blackface sheep prove to be a real draw at inaugural National Show

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The inaugural National show of Blackface sheep in Northern Ireland was a tremendous success with over 350 sheep on show from Northern Ireland breeders and over 500 spectators turning up to view the spectacle, with many travelling over the water from Scotland.

The quality on show of both the North (Perth) type and South (Lanark and Newton Stewart) type was tremendous.

In the North Section the Overall title and best bred by exhibitor, was awarded to the gimmer from Mark and Russell Smyth, Cam Blackfaces, Coleraine, off the ‘The Judge’ she had been shown as a ewe lamb and won the championship at Ballymoney earlier in the year. Reserve Overall was also from the female lines, the ewe from George and John Conway, Plumbridge lifted this title. She was by a £6500 Woolfords sire out of a £6000 Calla mother. Champion Male went to the Breslin Bros, Castlederg tup lamb, he was by a £9000 Woolfords sire out of a Paul McEvoy lamb. The Reserve Male title also went to Mark and Russell Smyth, this time with their shearling, a son of £2000 McAleer, his mother was a daughter of the ‘Factory Boy’.

The South Type Championships were all won by the tremendous show of sheep that John and Charlie Harkin, Loughash Blackfaces, Strabane, had brought along. Overall Champion and best bred by exhibitor was the first prize ewe who is a daughter of the £24,000 Elmscleugh and out of a ewe by a HB son of ‘Jacko’ (24k Nunnerie). Their Reserve Overall was a gimmer also by £24,000 Elmscleugh and she was out of a £12,000 Drumgrange ewe. Their Male Champion was a Blackhouse bred aged Ram and reserve Male was a homebred lamb by HB son of £40,000 Midlock and out of one of the best ewes on the farm, who is by £6500 Midlock and a full sister of £16,000 Loughash and McIlroy.

Class results

Aged Rams

North Type; 1st Paul McEvoy, 2nd J & A Carson, 3rd M & R Smyth, 4th C Gallacher, 5th Curran Bros.

South Type 1st J & C Harkin, 2nd J & C Harkin, 3rd Seamus Maggin, 4th Seamus Maggin, 5th J & C Harkin.


North type 1st - M & R Smyth, 2nd V Brennan, 3rd Ian Watson, 4th G & J Conway, 5th Tom Adams.

South Type 1st J & C Harkin, 2nd Sam Wallace, 3rd Seamus Fegan, 4th J & C Harkin, 5th Eoin McKenna.

Tup Lamb

North Type 1st Breslin Bros, 2nd Billy Grant, 3rd Paul McEvoy, 4th G & W Watson, 5th M & K McAleer.

South Type 1st J & C Harkin, 2nd & 3rd Eoin McKenna. 4th & 5th J & C Harkin.

Ewe Lamb

North Type 1st Billy Grant, 2nd Tom Adams, 3rd G & W Watson, 4th Vincent Brennan, 5th Breslin Bros

South Type 1st Hugh Crawford, 2nd J & P Murray, 3rd Damian Kelly, 4th Eoin McKenna, 5th Eoin McKenna


North Type 1st G & J Conway, 2nd Sam Adams, 3rd Charlie Gallagher, 4th Ian Watson, 5th Paul McEvoy.

South Type 1st, 2nd & 3rd J & C Harkin, 4th Patrick Harkin, 5th Sam Wallace.