NEMSA chairman Kevin Wilson and his son, James, who farm in Blubberhouses, between Skipton and Harrogate, were crowned North of England Mule champions at the 2019 Great Yorkshire Show with their first single gimmer lamb.
The product of their home-bred Bluefaced Leicester tup, Hewness L1, himself a son of the renowned Harland F1 Bighead, then progressed to further glory when becoming champion commercial female – great honour for both breed and Association.
The Wilsons also stood second in the same gimmer lamb show class with another L1 daughter, as well as picking up a first and second prize double in the pair of lambs show class, one by Bighead, the other by another of his sons, Hewness L4.=
The reserve champion with the first prize geld shearling was Philip Elliot, of Penrith, who picked up two further red rosettes with wins in the single shearling and ewe with pair of lambs show classes.
The pair of suckled shearlings show class fell to Mike and Betty Allen, from Whitby. Show judge was NEMSA treasurer Jeff Burrow.
Pair of lambs -1st & 2nd JK Wilson & Son, Blubberhouses, 3rd & 4th A&KM Barnes, Crowden, 5th M Crocker, Penrith, 6th SR Myers, York.
Pair of geld shearlings – 1st & 5th P Elliot, Penrith, 2nd M&B Allen, Whitby, 3rd G&A Jackson, Bentham, 4th D Buck,Barnard Castle.
Pair of suckled shearlings -1st M&B Allen, 2nd P Elliot, 3rd & 4th D Buck.
Ewe with pair of lambs -1st P Elliot, 2nd D Buck.
Single lamb -1st & 2nd JK Wilson & Son, 3rd & 4th A&KM Barnes , 5th M Crocker.
Single shearling – 1st & 4th P Elliot, 2nd MB Allen, 3rd & 6th G&A Jackson, 5th D Buck.
Champion: JK Wilson gimmer lamb
Reserve Champion: P Elliot geld shearling
Show Judge – NEMSA treasurer Jeff Burrow