In his first year showing sheep, Adam McConnell from Glenarm has taken the Kerryhill ram lamb championship at Castlewellan Show and the reserve award at Ballymena and Ballymoney. In addition to this success, he qualified for the final of the Cydectin Young Handlers contest which took place at Clogher Valley Show
At this final contest his talent for presenting an animal to showcase its best attributes was quickly recognised by judge, Henry Gamble, who awarded him the Cydectin Young Handlers Championship title.
Adam’s dad, Gary, who farms at Doon The Glen Farm, Glenarm, stated that his sons, Adam and Matthew look after their own sheep and prepare them for shows themselves. They have been involved in their sheep enterprise for the past four years and were looking forward to visiting a show in Wales the week after Clogher Valley Show.
Keeping the pressure on Adam during the final judging session was nine year old Ben Robinson from Ballymena who took the reserve Cydectin Young Handlers Championship award. Ben has been working with sheep all his life and keeps pedigree Texels while his dad has a pedigree Suffolk flock –Teeshan Texels and Suffolks. Ben qualified for the Cydectin final at Ballymena Show where he also won the Texel Young Handlers competition. In addition to his sheep interests, Ben is also a keen participant in pony showjumping competitions.
Aurelie Moralis, veterinary surgeon with Zoetis, the manufacturers of the very successful Cydectin sheep wormer, congratulated both winners and commented: “We are delighted to sponsor a competition which highlights both the standard of management that these animals have enjoyed and the expert handling of them on the day.”