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The Yearling ewes kicked off the sale with the Show Champion on the day (Lot 4006) TOM/21/965 ‘Statesman Willow’ reaching the highest price on the day at 500gns, selling to GR & B Wilson, Fishguard.
The early First Choice Sale of Berrichons at Worcester Market saw a top call of 2000gns for the Yearling Ram Yarburgh Wright from Mrs J Bett.
I first came across the Berrichon breed when we needed a ram on short notice, and one was available to fill the slot. I liked the look of the lambs (good length and shape) that were produced from the mule ewes so from there the interest developed into a small number of pedigree ewes as a trial.
I believe the Berrichons are a very underrated breed with their ability for easy lambing, good get-up and go and ability to finish quickly. I look forward to judging at the Three Counties Show in June.
From breeding and showing sheep from a very young, Ben has knowledge and experience beyond his years. He is a fourth-generation shepherd and runs Windrush Farm – a modern pedigree & commercial sheep breeding enterprise in the Cotswolds.
I have judged the Berrichons at Carlisle and a number of local agricultural shows and look forward to the honour of judging the Royal Highland Show 2022.
Double-digit cost inflation is hitting every single enterprise of British agriculture, casting doubt on the sector’s ability to maintain food supplies in the year ahead.