June 30, 2019
The sheep will be judged from 9am to 2pm.
See super sheep, in various classes, including:
- Single sheep
- Groups of three
- A pen of four
There are many special cups to be won including ‘Best Ram in Show’ and ‘Supreme Champion’. Who would you give them to? Matt Legge, the Island’s sheep expert, says: “You don’t have to pick a Champion Sheep, it should make itself known to you!”
How to spot a Champion sheep
Matt Legge is an award-winning owner of Duxmore Pedigree Sheep, and a show judge with a keen eye. Here, he tells you what to look out for:
“A good sheep should stand strong and square, and have an even cover of muscle from its neck to its tail. It needs a good set of feet, to walk the fields, and a good set of teeth to eat the grass. The working gear of the stock ram must be present and correct, and the ewe must have the length of body to carry lambs.
“Every shepherd should take guidance from the breed standards of his or her respective breed, be that the colouring of the fleece, the markings on the face or the physical build of the animal. Most importantly, when choosing your show animal, you must like it yourself. Remember that the perfect sheep has yet to be produced so they will all have a fault somewhere.
The Shepherd’s job is to make sure that the judge sees all the good bits, diverting attention from any faults. When you’ve got a short list, at home, stand back and take a look. The best one will say ‘look at me’. The Champions will be the ones that stand proud and just have that extra something, that catches the eye.”
The National Farmers’ Union sponsor the livestock section. Cedar Vets sponsor the Livestock Demonstration Area.
This section is also supported by Green, Roberts & Butler, the Carisbrooke Vets; and the IW Goat Club.