Liskeard herd romps to victory at the Melton Show, Sale and Lop of the Year
21 September 2015
What a fantastic show and sale for all concerned, with multiple winners from several of our British Lop herds. First prizes were taken by James Brain from the Lordswood herd, Julian Collings from the Liskeard herd, Giles Eustice from the Bezurrell herd and Reserve Lop of the Year Champions taken by Hayley Lake from the Guist herd and Mark and Emma Edgar from the Bakers herd.
It was without doubt the Liskeard herd that stole the show with Liskeard Lulu 24th, bred by Julian Collings and family. A lovely, October born, in-pig gilt looking in her absolute prime; winning her class on Friday, judged by Brian Upchurch (President), she went on to take Breed Champion. She then completed her day with a win in the interbreed classes under the watchful eye of Steve Loveless; always a great moment for British Lops against all breeds.
A strong heat on the Saturday, the Lop Of The Year competition, judged by Jon Odlin, saw many of our most experienced breeders and the best of our stock in the ring. Even with a raft of females in the ring that anyone would have been more than happy to take home, Liskeard Lulu 24th shone through for Jon Odlin. She took the Female Champion slot, closely followed in reserve by an immaculately turned-out gilt from Hayley Lake.
There were plenty of males in the ring and they behaved well for the judging. This time Giles Eustice took the Male Champion slot with a very strong proven July boar, Bezurrell Supreme 11, closely followed in reserve by the younger contender Bakers Cornishman 3 from the Edgars. This boar, we remember, competed so well in the pairs at Great Yorkshire this year.
Ultimately Liskeard Lulu 24th proved too strong to be dislodged and took the coveted Lop Of The Year title for Julian Collings and family, with Giles Eustice taking Reserve Lop Of The Year with Bezurrell Supreme 11.
A big thank you to our breeders, who travel so far and commit so much for the breed, on both sides of the ring, without whom this event would not be possible. Of course this year we have our new sponsors on board and we were pleased to see Sacrewell at the event to make the presentation. We would hope to see them at many more shows in the future as they continue their journey with British Lop pigs.
Thank you to the judges for their travel efforts and commitment and those involved in the running of the event.
Perhaps we should just end on Liskeard Lulu 24th. Still not content with her achievements thus far, she went into the sale - ring and commanded the top sale price for the show and sale of 510gns, coupled with her prize money of £200 that is not a bad day’s work. Well done - we truly hope she does her new home proud.
Full show results -
Gilt born on or after 1st July 2014
1st Liskeard Lulu 24th – Collings
2nd Poplarburn Harmony 77 – Gregory
3rd Bezurrell Actress 344 – Eustice
Gilt born between 1st January 2015 and 31st March 2015
1st Bezurrell Actress 356 – Eustice
2nd Bezurrell Actress 351 – Eustice
3rd Bezurrell Actress 354 – Eustice
1st Lordswood Charles – Brain
2nd Bezurrell Supreme – Eustice
3rd Poplarburn Cornishman 10 – Gregory
Breed Champion Liskeard Lulu 24th – Collings
Reserve Breed Champion Lordswood Charles - Brain
Lop of the year 2015
Male Champion – Bezurrell Supreme 11
Reserve Male Champion - Bakers Cornishman 3
Female Champion - Liskeard Lulu 24th
Reserve female Champion- Guist Actress
Lop of the year champion- Liskeard Lulu 24th
Reserve lop of the year- Bezurrell Supreme 11
Liskeard Lulu 24th winning with Sacrewell Farm
Bezurrell Supreme 11 winning the Sacrewell Shield
Liskeard Lulu 24th posing for camera with the Collings
Liskeard Lulu 24th winning the interbreed with Judge Steve Loveless and Julian and Emma Collings