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Balmoral Show: Mark quids in after returned ram takes Texel championship

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019
Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Resting in the cattle shed. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Resting in the cattle shed. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Tori Veitch from Lisbellaw in Co. Fermanagh, who is celebrating her sixth birthday, prepare the family bullock ahead of today's showing. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
From left, Kim and Ian Montgomery with their daughter Emilia and their prize winning Bluefaced Leicester sheep. Pic by Peter Morrison
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Irish Dancers at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn.Trucking at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Young Famers girl's football at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Young Famers girl's football at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Young Famers girl's football at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Young Famers girl's football at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Young Famers girl's football at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Sheep showing at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Sheep showing at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Agnes Todd from Banbridge with her awarding winning pigs. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Sheep shearing at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. A cow and its one-hour-old calf which was born at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Norma Wilson with her Hampshire Down sheep at the Balmoral show. Pic by Peter Morrison
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2019: Day two of the Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Stunt Bike performance pictured during the show. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Elizabeth Snodgrass and Billy Snodgrass take a rest with their cattle at the Balmoral Show. Pic by Peter Morrison
People look at Farm machinery equipped on display at the Balmoral Show. Pic by Peter Morrison
Thousands of People enjoy the warm weather as they attend the Balmoral Show. Pic by Peter Morrison
Children get up close to the sheep on display at the Balmoral Show. Pic by Peter Morrison
Sam Forbes with his Kerryhill Sheep at the Balmoral Show. Pic by Peter Morrison
David Whiteman and Sam Forbes, right, wait with their Kerryhill sheep at the Balmoral Show. Pic by Peter Morrison
Day two of the Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Sheep pictured at the show. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
A robot entertains people at the Balmoral Show. Pic by Peter Morrison
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Horse show jumping at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Horse showing at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. People arrive for the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Day two of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Mucking out in the cattle barn before the day begins at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Second day of the Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank. Pictured at Balmoral Park, outside Lisburn, are Ulster Bank's Dan McGinn(second from left) the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley(centre) and Head of Ulster Bank Richard Donnan(right) who meet Anita McCann at her Rossi's Ice Cream business stall. Ulster Bank has provided space in its market at Balmoral Show to entrepreneurs from Ulster Bank's Entrepreneur Accelerator programme as well as small business customers. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Second day of the Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank. Pictured at Balmoral Park, outside Lisburn, is Jenny Lowry with her Melting Pot Fudge business. Ulster Bank has provided space in its market at Balmoral Show to entrepreneurs from Ulster Bank's Entrepreneur Accelerator programme as well as small business customers. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Second day of the Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank. Pictured at Balmoral Park, outside Lisburn, are the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley(centre) and Head of Ulster Bank Richard Donnan(right) who meet Clare Gallagher - Membership Manger with Women in Business at her business stall. Ulster Bank has provided space in its market at Balmoral Show to entrepreneurs from Ulster Bank's Entrepreneur Accelerator programme as well as small business customers. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Second day of the Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank. Pictured at Balmoral Park, outside Lisburn, are Ulster Bank's Dan McGinn(second from right) the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley(centre) and Head of Ulster Bank Richard Donnan(right) who meet Clare Gallagher - Membership Manger with Women in Business at her business stall. Ulster Bank has provided space in its market at Balmoral Show to entrepreneurs from Ulster Bank's Entrepreneur Accelerator programme as well as small business customers. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley and Head of Ulster Bank Richard Donnan at the Balmoral Show.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2019 Second day of the Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank. Pictured at Balmoral Park, outside Lisburn, is Anita McCann with her business Rossi's Ice Cream. Ulster Bank has provided space in its market at Balmoral Show to entrepreneurs from Ulster Bank's Entrepreneur Accelerator programme as well as small business customers. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2019: Day two of the Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Getting the cattle ready before the day begins at the show. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2019: Day two of the Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Sheep pictured with Fiona Cunningham at the show. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2019: Day two of the Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Arianna (aged 4)and Cara Bell (aged 2) from comber pictured enjoying the machinery at the show. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2019: Day two of the Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Sheep pictured at the show. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2019: Day two of the Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Lucy Rodgers from Dromara with Brownie getting ready before the day begins at the show. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2019: Day two of the Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Arianna (aged 4)and Cara Bell (aged 2) from comber pictured enjoying the machinery at the show. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2019: Day two of the Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Stunt Bike performance pictured during the show. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2019: Day two of the Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Stunt Bike performance pictured during the show. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2019: Day two of the Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Warming up before compition startes at the show. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2019: Day two of the Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Getting the cattle ready before the day begins at the show. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2019: Day two of the Balmoral Show at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Sheep pictured at the show. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

By Chris McCullough

Thursday was a day of smiles for Nutt's Corner sheep breeder Mark Patterson as he won the Texel championship with a ram with a bit of a story behind it.

The competition among the Texel classes was strong but in the end Mark's shearling ram Alderview Barrister walked away with the top honours.

Mark, who runs a flock of 200 commercial and pedigree sheep, bred this particular ram himself and presented it at Balmoral Show last year where it won the overall reserve champion Texel.

And that's where the story gets interesting. After taking reserve spot last year Alderview Barrister was a popular ram, attracting a lot of attention.

Mark decided to capitalise on that fame and sell the ram at the popular Lanark sheep sales where it was bought by a Scottish breeder for £17,000.

However, for various reasons the purchaser decided to return the ram to Mark in September 2018.

"He showed well at last year's Balmoral Show and took the reserve champion in the breed award," said Mark. "I then decided to sell the ram and took him to Lanark sales where he sold for £17,000.

"After a few weeks the buyer decided he didn't want the ram and returned it to me."

When Alderview Barrister came back to Nutt's Corner Mark had a vet check him over thoroughly and all was ok.

"The ram was in good health and in perfect working order," said Mark. "I decided to keep him and enter this year's Balmoral Show where he won the overall championship and I was delighted."

As soon as Mark's ram was announced as champion on Wednesday afternoon the phone calls started from interested breeders.

"He was looking really well in the ring," said Mark. "I started getting phone calls on Wednesday afternoon following the judging from breeders in Northern Ireland and England wanting to buy semen from him. I sold thousands of pounds worth of semen from him so I am very happy he was returned to me from Scotland.

"I also have nine full sisters of this ram at home and customers were also offering to buy them as well. It really was a win win situation for me at Balmoral Show this year," he said.

As Mark used Alderview Barrister last year in his flock he already has a crop of lambs on the ground and is well impressed with them.

"I have both ram lambs and ewe lambs looking promising for future shows," said Mark. "I am certain there is another champion among them."

Belfast Telegraph

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