Hampshire Down Club flock competition results 2017 revealed

Sean Doyle, Farm manager of Peter  Lawson, Glenbrooke farm, collectign his awards
Sean Doyle, Farm manager of Peter Lawson, Glenbrooke farm, collectign his awards

The 2017 Gortavoy Farm Feeds Hampshire Down Ireland flock competition were recently announced at a club social evening.

Many small and junior flocks have made progress and are snapping at the heels of some of the older more established flocks.

Novice flock winner and junior member was Jake Wells with his newly established Whistlinthorns flock from Grange Portadown - a very enthusiastic breeder.

Small flock Champion was 25 year old Hannah Robinson from Donaghadee with her well known Ballyvester flock. Hannah has had a very successful show year winning many championships including champion and reserve at the Royal Ulster and Champion at the 2017 Irish National.

Reserve small flock was Allen & Vicky McFadden’s Banbridge based Ashley flock. The Ashley flock was very prominant at the UK national show in June selling a ram lamb for the top price of £1500.

A son of Ashley Black Jack the ram was purchased as a new stock ram by David Cormack for his relatively new flock who showed the Champion Hampshire at the Great Yorkshire and the Royal Welsh.

Another flock that won prizes in many categories including reserve Champion flock was the the Glenbrook flock of Peter Lawson from Balliesmills.

The Glenbrook farm runs 300 commercial ewes and a flock of 50 pedigree Hampshires. The judge Harrie Roekevisch from the Netherlands was particularly impressed with this flock and the shepherding skills of Sean Doyle, livestock manager of the enterprise. The flock has had a very successful show year winning many championships in the ring.

Best flock Southern Ireland was awarded to the newly established flock of Raymond and Daphne Scott from Cavan.

The overall champion flock was awarded to the long established Ballycreelly flock of Kevin and Anna McCarthy from Comber, Co Down, who have been breeding Hampshire’s for over 30 years.

The club would like to thank Mr Harrie Roekevisch for his time judging and to Gortavoy Feeds and Farm supplies from Dungannon for their generous sponsorship.

FLOCK COMPETITION RESULTS 2017

Large Flock: 1st Kevin & Anna McCarthy; 2nd Peter Lawson

Small Flock: 1st Hannah Robinson; 2nd Allen & Vicky McFadden; 3rd Peter Stevenson; 4th Trevor Todd

Novice Flock: 1st Jake Wells; 2nd Raymond & Daphne Scott

STOCK RAM/RAMS

Large flock: 1st Kevin & Anna McCarthy; 2nd Peter Lawson

Small Flock: 1st Hannah Robinson; 2nd Allen & Vicky McFadden; 3rd Peter Stevenson

Overall best stock rams - Kevin & Anna McCarthy

BEST INDIVIDUAL RAM

Large Flock: 1st Kevin & Anna McCarthy; 2nd Peter Lawson

Small Flock: 1st Hannah Robinson; 2nd Allen & Vicky McFadden; 3rd Rodney Wilson

Overall best Individual ram - Kevin & Anna McCarthy

BEST BREEDING EWES

Large flock: 1st Kevin & Anna McCarthy; 2nd Peter Lawson

Small Flock: 1st Allen & Vicky McFadden; 2nd Hannah Robinson; 3rd Peter Stevenson

Overall best breeding ewes: Kevin & Anna McCarthy

BEST EWE LAMBS

Large Flock: 1st Kevin & Anna McCarthy; 2nd Peter Lawson

Small Flock: 1st Rodney Wilson; 2nd Peter Stevenson; 3rd Hannah Robinson

Overall best ewe lamb: Kevin & Anna McCarthy

Best Northern flock: Kevin & Anna McCarthy

Best southern flock: Raymond & Daphne Scott

Overall champion: Kevin & Anna McCarthy

Reserve champion; Peter Lawson