Souter’s Texel triumphs at Morpeth

Champion of Champion, Texel, holding sheep Mr Gray from Selkirk, also judge Mr Michael Aynsley from Morpeth and sponsor Malcolm Warne from the Northern Farmer
Champion of Champion, Texel, holding sheep Mr Gray from Selkirk, also judge Mr Michael Aynsley from Morpeth and sponsor Malcolm Warne from the Northern Farmer

A SELKIRK breeder took the champion of champions at the Nothumberland County Show in Corbridge with a Texel gimmer.

Ettrick Princess Kate, bred and shown by Gordon and David Gray of Sunnycroft, Lindean, was judged the best animal in the show, trouncing champion cattle, horses and pigs to take the top ticket.

The gimmer took the individual interbreed championship at Morpeth and was part of the Gray lineup to take the interbreed group of three championship too.

“It was a great day for the Gray family,” said David.

The gimmer that so caught the judges’ eyes was sired by Knock Papoose out of a ewe from the Springwell flock and came to the Northumberland show fresh from winning the female championship at Lesmahagow the previous Saturday. Her next outing is to the Royal Highland Show later this month.

Other farmers excelling at the Northumberland event included Whittaker & Co Farms of Stickle Heaton, Cornhill who took the reserve beef champion ticket with Rosemount Justine Erica after earlier winning the any other pedigree native beef championship.

The British Blue reserve champion and male champion was Sharplaw Dan yer Man owned by MD Gamble & SJ Rigg, Sharplaw, Hownam near Kelso. Simmentals from A & K Gamble, Palace Farm, Crailing, Jedburgh took top prizes in the any other continental beef breed section – the breed champion and female champion was Farnell Vodka, the reserve champion and reserve female champion Farnell Betty and the male champion Farnell Bill. The Zwartbles sheep championship was won by Charles Scott of East Middle, Hawick