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This weekend, along with over 130 sheep producers and other people involved in the industry, I have been at the Sheep Breeders Round Table, held at Eastwood near Nottingham.

Topics covered have included improving efficiency in production, the latest on what happening in R and D,  particularly on the genetic front, results of various trials and a fascinating insight into what’s happening in the industry in Australia, from Alex Ball of Meat and Livestock Australia. Also a lively debate as to whether rams should be fed concentrates or reared on forage alone. 

It was such a packed weekend it will be impossible to cover it all in detail and we will be running articles from the conference over two weeks. See this week’s FG for the first installment!

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AGRI-EXPO Sheep Results

It was a clean sweep in the sheep section for Andrew and Beccy Bishop, Gloucester. They took the continental championship with a pair of Beltex lambs by Luggsmill Laney, and the reserve with a pair of Texel lambs, by Luggsmill Dyalan. They went on to take the overall championship and reserve.

The native championship went to Crofts Estates, Castle Douglas with a pair of Blackface lambs. In reserve was I. Graham, Lockerbie, with a pair of Cheviots.

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There is a big crowd here at Agri-Expo where judging is already underway and there is a big programme to get through with hugh entries across all the sections.

In charge of the main beef classes is Archie MacGregor, from Allanfauld Farm, Kilsyth Glasgow and judging the sheep classes is Andrew Atkinson from Croft House Farm, Felliscliffe, Harrogate. The baby beef section kicks off a little bit later and will be judged by John Robertson, Newton of Logierait, Pitlochry.  I’ll be posting up-dates as the day progresses and the results of the major classes come in.

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Sheep Championships

It’s been very much a repeat of last year in the sheep championships with a pair of Beltex sired lambs from Messrs. R. Hall, Carlisle, shown by Joanne Hall and Johnny Aiken taking the overall championship, after winning the champion pair of continental lambs. Reserve in this section and reserve overall were George Cropper and Harry Wood, Accrington, Lancashire, who were showing at the event for the first time, with another pair of Beltex sired lambs, from the 85-90kgs class.

In another repeat of last year the native championship went to Anthony Thompson, Colne, Lancashire, with a pair of Sufolk sired lambs, out of Dutch Texel ewes, with a combined weight of 110kgs. The Halls also took the single butchers lamb championship with a Beltex sired lamb ahead of Martin and Val Brown, Newton-le-Willows, in reserve with another Beltex cross.

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Morning everyone,

I’m here at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate for the first of the Winter Fairs, Countryside Live. These events seem to get ever more popular and there are record entries in both the beef and cattle sections.

Most of the classes took place yesterday, with all the championships today.  Phil Sellers, from Lincolnshire, winner of the beef championship here for the last three years, has a change of role today. He is judging the cattle and the baby beef classess are underway. In charge of the sheep judging is Mr P. Houldney, Hafield, Gloucestershire. I’ll keep you posted as the day progresses.

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