Ballymena Livestock Mart
For the second year running Martin Denver has taken the honours at the annual spring lamb competition organised by the Northern Ireland Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society.
The competition was held at Ballymena Livestock Mart and was again generously sponsored and judged by David Millar, Choice Cut Meats, Garvagh. Randalstown producer. Denver claimed first prize in the commercial category with a pen of excellent lambs, H & R McCracken, Ballywalter second and J & T Bamford, Rasharkin, third.
In the pedigree class a pen of lambs weighing 27.5kg presented by J Steele, Ballyclare claimed the winning rosette with J & E Gould second and S Sufferin third. But in the shakedown for the overall honours it was Denver who again came up trumps. His outstanding pen of lambs weighing 27kg later sold to the judge himself for £120.
When killed the carcasses averaged 28kg with two lambs grading E3 and the other U3.
Spring Lamb Prizewinners 2015
Pictured from left, is Thomas Millar, Choice Cut Meats, Garvagh with the commercial class prize winners J&T Banford, Martin Denver (1st prizewinner and overall champion) and H&R McCracken.
CarcassDavid Millar, Choice Cut Meats, with the carcasses of the champion pen of lambs which he purchased following the recent Suffolk spring lamb competition. The carcasses killed out an average 28kg with two grading E3 and one grading U3
Commercial: 1st and overall champion, Martin Denver, Randalstown, 27kg £120 (£4.44/kg);
2nd, H & R McCracken, Ballywalter, 25kg £88 (£3.52);
3rd, J & T Bamford, Rasharkin, 22.5kg £78 (£3.46)
Pedigree: 1st, J Steele, Ballyclare, 27.5kg £118 (£4.29); 2nd, J & E Gould,
Coleraine, 25kg £95 (£3.80); 3rd, S Sufferin, Maghera, 23kg £78