Show Season - 2012
This year for the first time we went to Shropshire Show, which was trying to get their pig classes off the ground. This show was on at the same time as Newark & Notts, but after the experiences of previous years we thought we should support them. We took a small group of Large Black, British Landrace and Middle White pigs. To our surprise and delight Borsdane Blackie 51 (Blossom) was Supreme Champion.
There were stong classes at Stafford Show this year, we did well with our 18 month old sow Borsdane Blackie 51(Blossom) who was Reserve Breed Champion to a lovely more mature Queen sow from Jack Holroyd. Lily the Landrace who is the same age as Blossom as Any Other Modern Breed Champion. We had a number of reserve qualifiers for the Pig of the Year but managed to qualify Lily's daughter for Young Pig of the Year.
At Cheshire, the pigs both young sows did extremely well, both winning their respective Breed Championship. We qualified a July born Captain Mddle White boar for the Pig of the Year. In the championships, Lily was placed as Modern Champion, and Blossom was Tradtional Champion. This pitted them both against each other for Supreme Championship. Lily won the battle with Blossom crowned Reserve Supreme.
Great Yorkshire was very wet. So wet that it was cancelled after the first day. All show classes took place on the first day, and the rest of the 2 days were squashed into the second day without the public before we all went home early. Blossom was Reserve Female and Reserve Breed Champion. Our little January gilt Finnington Skylark 8 did extremely well to win her class. Lily was 5th in mixed Any Other Modern breed class and her daughter won her breed class.
Going home early from Great Yorkshire Show gave us an extra day to get things tried out before we travelled up the M6 to Great Eccleston Show. We only took youngsters as the older ones would have been tired. To our great surprise Lily's daughter was Supreme Champion. This is the third year in a row we have got Supreme at Great Ecclestone.
Anglesey was next. It's a great show and we treat it as a holiday. We only took 5 pigs and basically couldn't have done any better. We took 3 breeds, they all won their classes, we had 3 Breed Champions and 2 Reserve Breed Champions. In a rerun of Cheshire, Lily was Supreme and Blossom was Reserve Supreme.
To bring us straight back down to earth, we then went to Hatfield Show. As we were only going on Saturday and Sunday for the Young Pig of the Year final, we didn't take any Landrace as they were judged on Friday. Little Sky (Finnington Skylark 8) was Reserve Breed Champion