Jack Robinson to captain NI team

Paul Redmond, Zoetis, left congratulates Jack Robinson, Claudy winner of the Zoetis sponsored Royal Ulster National Sheep Shearing Championship Finals at Balmoral Show. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Paul Redmond, Zoetis, left congratulates Jack Robinson, Claudy winner of the Zoetis sponsored Royal Ulster National Sheep Shearing Championship Finals at Balmoral Show. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

It was a nail biting finish at the Zoetis/RUAS National Sheep Shearing championships at Balmoral Show.

Jack Robinson from Claudy and Tom Perry from Strabane fought furiously to “beat the clock” when shearing the eleven sheep presented.

Paul Redmond, Zoetis, front left presents a trophy to Jack Robinson, Claudy winner of the Zoetis sponsored Royal Ulster National Sheep Shearing Championship Final at Balmoral Show. Also included are middle from left: Ian Montgomery, Ballymena, 3rd and Tom Perry, Strabane, 2nd. Back from left: Mark Johnston, Master of Worshipful Company of Woolmen; Jonathan McKelvey, Castlederg, 5th; James McAuley, Ballynure, 4th and William Jones, Templepatrick, 6th. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Paul Redmond, Zoetis, front left presents a trophy to Jack Robinson, Claudy winner of the Zoetis sponsored Royal Ulster National Sheep Shearing Championship Final at Balmoral Show. Also included are middle from left: Ian Montgomery, Ballymena, 3rd and Tom Perry, Strabane, 2nd. Back from left: Mark Johnston, Master of Worshipful Company of Woolmen; Jonathan McKelvey, Castlederg, 5th; James McAuley, Ballynure, 4th and William Jones, Templepatrick, 6th. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Encouraged by the capacity crowd at the final, where there was standing room only, Jack Robinson had his eleven sheep shorn in 10.09 minutes with Tom Perry following closely with a time of 10.26 minutes. An impressive result considering the condition of the sheep this year, following the mild winter and spring.

The speed of shearing was not the only element being assessed. Teams of judges supervised each competitor closely during the shearing and inspected the wool and sheep afterwards. When the judges added their points for wool quality, shearing technique and the safety of the sheep to the timing results it was again Jack Robinson who took the lead.

Jack will now captain the NI team at the Six Nations Shearing Championships at the Royal Welsh Show in August which will include second placed Tom Perry and third placed Ian Montgomery from Ballymena.

Fourth place at the Zoetis/RUAS National Shearing Championships was taken by James McAuley, Ballyclare with Jonathan McKelvey, Castlederg in fifth place and William Jones, Templepatrick in 6th place.

Watching the Zoetis sponsored Royal Ulster National Sheep Shearing Championship Final at Balmoral Show. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Watching the Zoetis sponsored Royal Ulster National Sheep Shearing Championship Final at Balmoral Show. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

This is the sixth year in succession for Jack Robinson to win the National final at Balmoral. This feat is made even more impressive given that Jack’s focus is no longer primarily on sheep shearing and is instead on the running of the home farm and his young family. Jack actively supports young shearers hone their skills, hosting courses in conjunction with Ulster Wool Board and the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster on his farm.

He commented: “Shearing is physically demanding, and technique is vitally important if we are to maintain and improve the quality of local wool. I am impressed by the enthusiasm of the young shearers who attend the courses.”

Paul Redmond, from the sponsors, Zoetis, the manufacturers of CYDECTIN®, congratulated all of the shearers in the final and presented them with their awards. He said that the company was delighted to be associated with the skills and enthusiasm portrayed in the competition and its popularity with the general public.

It really was an action packed Final at the Zoetis sponsored Royal Ulster National Sheep Shearing Championship at Balmoral Show. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

It really was an action packed Final at the Zoetis sponsored Royal Ulster National Sheep Shearing Championship at Balmoral Show. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Jack Robinson, Claudy was the winner of the Zoetis sponsored Royal Ulster National Sheep Shearing Championship Final at Balmoral Show. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Jack Robinson, Claudy was the winner of the Zoetis sponsored Royal Ulster National Sheep Shearing Championship Final at Balmoral Show. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

The shearing pavilion was packed to capacity, with standing room only, for the Zoetis/RUAS National Shearing Championships.

The shearing pavilion was packed to capacity, with standing room only, for the Zoetis/RUAS National Shearing Championships.

A capacity crowd watch the Zoetis sponsored Royal Ulster National Sheep Shearing Championship Final at Balmoral Show. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

A capacity crowd watch the Zoetis sponsored Royal Ulster National Sheep Shearing Championship Final at Balmoral Show. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie