Under the watchful eye of Judge Stanley Cousins, Botera Omagh, Recorded Flocks took the major awards in the MREngineering sponsored Ile De France Flock Competition.
Overall Champion Flock went to The Glenhoy Flock of David Mulligan, Augher, with the Reserve Champion Flock Award going to the Loughorne Flock of Jim Donaldson, Rathfriland.
Senior Stockram: Glenhoy Niterider went on to also collect the Champion Stock Ram Award, and to complete the prizes the Garveway Flock of Rebecca & Georgina Mulligan collected the prestigious “William Adamson Memorial Trophy” for the best pen of Ewe Lambs.
In summing up Stanley thanked all the Club members who had forwarded stock for inspection, and congratulated all the winners, but felt that overall the Champion Flock was very uniform with tremendous strength and depth throughout the flock.
Commenting on his success David paid tribute to all the Club members who had contributed so much to the Ile De France breed since its introduction to Northern Ireland 40 years ago, but also accepted that with the younger generation of breeders coming behind it would not be possible to rest on his laurels.
He was in particular delighted to see the performance recording paying off both in terms of show success as well as in the Recorded parameters.
With a local market being significantly influenced by the retailing market he felt it is important to back up the physical outward appearance with the characteristics of maternal traits combined with loin muscling to maximise the potential of the breed.