Royal Norfolk Show Results
4 August 2016
Thank you to Mark & Emma Edgar for the following write up on Royal Norfolk Show.
At the end of June, we headed near to Norwich, for the Royal Norfolk Show. The two day show was slightly cooler this year, than the record temperatures that we saw in 2015 and in fact, those of us under canvas thought we may get a good soaking, but the weather held off and we were spared.
British Lop Pig Society President Brian Upchurch, was the judge on day one, when once again there were enough British Lops to trigger individual breed classes.
The boars were all in together and we took the 1st prize with our January Bakers Ben 4. Bakers Ben 3 took second, with third going to Hayley Lake with Guist Charles. The male champion and reserve was awarded to the first and second placed pigs.
The sow class saw a win for Hayley and Bezurrell Actress 317. The July class was won by Hayley with Guist Harmony 3, Bakers Queen 3 in second and Hayley's other gilts, Guist Harmony 4 and Guist Lulu, 3rd and 4th respectively. Unusually, the September and January classes were amalgamated. Bakers Harmony 38 was the winner, with Guist Harmony 5 second and Bulsham Sunshine, from the Kiddys in third place.
The champion female prize was awarded to Bakers Harmony 38, with Guist Harmony 3 in reserve. The female champion ended up as breed champion, with Bakers Ben 4 in reserve.
One thing that stood out for me, was the range of blood lines that were present at the show. It's nice to see some of the less prevalent lines out holding their own.
On to day two, where again, the British Lops held their own; Hayley won the much coveted Norfolk Special, which is a competition to any exhibitors who come from Norfolk. The competition is always very strong, so it was lovely to see a well deserved win for Hayley with Guist Harmony 3.
In the Pig of the year heat, Bakers Ben 4 took reserve, just missing out on a place in the final at Yorkshire.
Finally, our February pair were beaten into second place in the pairs, but again in strong company. We rounded off the day with more fun in piggy pranks, where Hayley showed us all how it was done! We all had a very enjoyable, if somewhat exhausting two days.