James picks up top award at Kerry Hill prize night

Winner of the Kerry Hill Photograph Competition, Finlay Boyd, Ballycastle. With Judge Mr James McClintock.
Winner of the Kerry Hill Photograph Competition, Finlay Boyd, Ballycastle. With Judge Mr James McClintock.

The Northern Ireland Kerry Hill Sheep Society recently held their annual Flock Competition prizegiving at the Rosspark Hotel, Kells.

The top prize went to the already very successful Valleyview Flock, owned by Mr James Barr, Liminary Road, Kells.

This will be the fourth time over the years James’s flock has received the Knockavoe Cup for Champion Flock.

He also received The Champion Stock Ram of the Year award.

The John Bevan Cup for overall UK Small Flock Section and the Northern Ireland Reserve Champion Flock went to one of the society’s young breeders, Miss Kerry Angus, Greyabbey, Co Down.

Kerry started her Blackabbey Flock in 2012 by buying some Valleyview ewes from James Barr. Kerry was also 2013 Reserve Champion Flock.

The society would like to congratulate all the young breeders who took part in the competition.

It was very encouraging to see many of them receiving rosettes on the night.

The judges Mr and Mrs James McClintock thanked everyone, who took part and said how impressed they were by the quality of the flocks they had judged both here and in the mainland, and for the warm welcome, they received everywhere.

Results in full.

Small flock 1-10 ewes: 1, K Angus; 2, W Clarke; 3, R and R Bailie; 4, T and A Latimer

Ewes 11 – 30: 1, J Barr

Ewes 31 – 75: 1, D Wylie

Best ewe lambs large flocks: 1, D Wylie awarded the Patrick Smyth Shield; 2, J Barr.

Best ewe lambs small flocks: 1, W Clarke awarded the J and Mrs M McConaghie Shield; 2, T and A Latimer; 3, K Angus; 4, A and M McConnell

Best ram lamb overall: 1, W Clarke awarded the Forge Shield; 2, D Wylie; 3, J Barr; 4, J Gillan

Best stock ram 2014: 1. J Barr awarded the N.I. Kerry Hill Sheep Society Trophy; 2, D Wylie; 3, W Clarke; 4, R Boyd

N. Ireland champion flock 2014: James Barr, Valleyview Flock No. 02106, awarded the Knockavoe Cup

Northern Ireland reserve champion flock 2014: Kerry Angus, Blackabbey Flock No. 02425, awarded the R J McCauley Shield also the John Bevan Cup

The NI Kerry Hill Sheep Soociety are extremely grateful to Norbrook Laboratories for their generous sponsorship of everyone in the above classes.