THE sheep inter-breed trophy at the Royal Welsh this year heads up to Aberdeenshire after the Ingram family from Inverurie took top honours with a home-bred aged ewe from their Charollais flock.
The winner was Logie Durno Kate, which was breed champion at this year’s Royal Highland Show and is full sister to the 2010 Royal Welsh breed champion; Logie Durno Jackpot. The ewe, which took the continental title before taking the overall inter-breed, is by Rockvilla Golden Promise and out of a Rutland ewe.
Earlier in the day the ewe had been teamed with a ram, also from the Ingrams, to win the inter-breed pairs trophy. This tup, Ffrwd Lord of the Ring, is by a Rhaeadr tup and was bred by Dewi Prichard Evans of Anglesey. The Ingrams bought the ram for 3,200gns at the main NSA ram sales at Builth Wells last year.
Patrick Tantrum of Landrindod Wells was the individual inter-breed judge and his overall runner-up was the winner of the native upland section; a two-year-old Beulah Speckled Face ram from Dyfan Evans of Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire. The tup is by a Bound sire and was bought privately as a yearling from breeder Mervyn Price, Penycrug, Builth Wells. This was its first show outing.
Reserve in the continental judging was a Rouge ewe from Percy Tait of Hackett, Worcester. This ewe was fresh from success at the Great Yorkshire Show where it scooped the overall inter-breed prize for the second consecutive year. The home-bred five-year-old is by Knighton Boycey.
A Brecknock Hill Cheviot ram from well-known cattle breeders Huw and Wendy Morgan of Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, took the runner-up rosette in the native upland section. This was the first show outing for the ram, which was bred by P. Davies of Sennybridge and bought by the Morgan as a yearling.
Winner in the native lowland section was a shearling ewe from the Welsh Mule section. This home-bred tup was shown by Ben Powell on behalf of his parents Howell and Liz who farm at Rhayader, Powys.
The ewe was followed by a Clun Forest ram from Brian and Anne Davies of Garthbrengy, Brecon. The ewe was bred by B. Froggart and bought as a shearling from Ludlow last year.
Reserve in the inter-breed pairs competition went to a Kerry Hill shearling ram and shearling ewe.
The home-bred ram from Geraint Roberts of Denbigh is by a Myndcal tup and this was its first major show outing.
The ewe exhibited by Sion Jones of Aberystwyth was bred by J.P. Owens and bought at a sale in Ludlow. Its previous show successes include the rare breeds title on the second day of this year’s Royal Welsh Spring Festival.