Young brothers, Richard and Jamie Jerman, made it two from two when they followed up their Championship win at the Borderway Agri-Expo to claim the Supreme Championship at the English Winter Fair on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 November, on what was their first time showing at the event in Stafford.
Their winning pair, ewe lambs which tipped the scales at 43.5kg apiece and were on their first outing of the year, were also sired by Hackney Champ, the ram behind their winners at Carlisle as well as Reserve pair at last year’s Welsh Winter Fair. One lamb is bred from a pedigree Freckleton ewe while the other is out of a daughter.
“I was looking for a matching pair of lambs that had to handle the same, not just look the same,” said the judge, Dafydd Lewis, of the Cothi pedigree flock near Cwrtycadno, Llanwrda. “The perfect pairs need to have width through the top with depth of line, matching tails and hardness of muscle.
“The winning lambs were full of meat from the shoulder through the loin and with good gigots, but without excessive fat,” he added.
The Reserve pair came from another debut English Winter Fair exhibitor, AL Thompson, with this untrimmed pair by a pedigree Northcop ram and out of home-bred Beltex ewes. This second prize pair from the untrimmed class at the Agri-Expo weighed in at 83.6kg, with one going on to win the single lamb class.
Robert Garth and Sarah Priestley won the Smithfield RABI single lamb title with a Beltex cross.
There were also some strong results for Beltex-bred lambs in the carcase hall where the breed dominated and made it a clean sweep by claiming all of the top tickets.
Taking the carcase championship was a Beltex cross from RA Annetts which weighed 24.4kg and graded E3L. Champion in the live/dead carcase section was a Beltex-sired entry from Madders and Johnson which also graded E3L but this time weighed 25.6kg, while the best saddle of lamb was a Beltex cross from B Lawton and Son.