The popular Irish Shows Association Northern Ireland Continental Sheep Championship concluded recently with the final taking place at Clogher Valley Show in Augher.
This competition, organised by the ISA, has now been running for almost ten years and is open to pedigree ewes or rams of any age and breed within the Continental sheep family. Finalists had all qualified at shows throughout the country earlier in the season.
At the final there is a good spread of breeds represented with the Charollais, Ile De France and Texel breeds featuring strongly in the final line-up.
This prestigious competition is sponsored by Clogher Valley Agricultural Society and Danske Bank with members of the Bank’s Agribusiness team on hand at the final to assist with the presentation of rosettes and prize-money to the winning exhibitors. A generous prize fund of £500 allowed the winner to take home £200 whilst the runner up received £100 and prizes paid down to seventh place at £25.
Danske Bank was again delighted to support the ISA Continental Sheep Championship and John Henning, Head of Agricultural Relations at Danske Bank, said: “Danske Bank is pleased to support the Clogher Valley Agricultural Society in hosting this important competition for pedigree sheep breeders.”
He continued: “We are pleased that the Irish Shows Association Final at Clogher Valley Show continues to attract an excellent number of exhibitors and spectators from across Northern Ireland and further afield.”
The final was judged by Harry Woodmass who found his champion in the Charollais ewe exhibited by Jonathan Aiken, from Dromara, which had qualified at Lurgan Show to give the Carnew flock its second consecutive championship having also won in 2014.
The Reserve Championship went to a Texel exhibited by T & B Robinson from Ballymena with Trevor Robinson in the ring.
Third place in the championship went to Gary Rankin from Castlederg (Texel) with David Brown, Bessbrook (Beltex) taking fourth place.
The remaining awards went to Diane Christie, Comber (Charollais); Jonathan Aiken, Dromara (Charollais) and Porter & Hyndman, Maghera (Ile De France).
So ended another successful Irish Shows Association Continental Sheep Championship which saw some excellent sheep exhibited at shows across the country and also at the final in Clogher Valley. Congratulations to all the exhibitors and thanks to the ISA, participating shows and the Sheep team at Clogher Valley Show led by Marjory Blackburn and Eddie Boyd for their part in making this competition such a spectacle.