There was an excellent turnout of farm families for the recent Chest Heart and Stroke Association charity fund raiser, organised by the North Antrim/East Londonderry Suffolk Sheep Club.
The event, which was held on the Portglenone farm of the organisation’s chairman Robert Hanna, comprised a comprehensive range of pedigree Suffolk show classes and a follow-on barbecue. The entire evening was sponsored by Crystalyx.
The champion animal evening was a gimmer exhibited by Packey Donnelly, from Rathkenney, with the reserve championship going to a ram lamb from the Rasharkin flock of R & C Watson. Sam Coleman, from Glarryford, judged all the evening’s competition classes. He described the champion and reserve as two outstanding examples of the Suffolk breed and added:
“They have tremendous length, style and the excellent depth of muscling at the back end that is so representative of Suffolk sheep. But above all else both animals had exceptional width across the shoulders. As a result they have all the attributes, which continue to make Suffolk breeding stock so popular within the local sheep industry.”
Commenting on the success of the event, Crystalyx representative David Morgan said: “We are delighted to be associated with an event that has managed to raise a considerable amount of money for the Chest, Heart and stroke association in such an innovative way.”
“Special congratulations must go to the Packie Donelly snd the Watson family on their tremendous success in the show classes. The quality of all the sheep entered for the event was exceptional.”