There was a good turn-out of GOS breeders and their pigs over the weekend 13/14 May at the Nottinghamshire Show. Malcolm Hicks returned to showing with a beautiful team of GOS pigs and scooped up the prizes. It was like he had never been away. Jenny Brett judging the breed classes on the Saturday awarded Windmill Star Show Reserve Traditional Female Breed Champion and GOS Breed Champion, though on the Sunday Judge Brian Mulkeen judging the Champions Interbreed was puzzled as to this result as he saw the gilt clearly had an uneven underline(7/8) and immediately dismissed her from his deliberations. Clearly in Ms Brett’s judging opinion this was not as an important aspect as for other judges and the pig had other superior qualities. The GOS pigs of Messrs Lightfoot, Garbutt, Whitley and Renshaw could only break the dominance of team Hicks in the GOS January gilt class with the Whitley duo taking both first and second places. Marlene Renshaw’s super two July gilts went on to win the pairs on Sunday beating off stiff competition from both Large and Middle Whites. The Fowgill herd was awarded second place in the Show Team award for promotion of their herd and breed society. Oliver Lightfoot also showed his Pietrains and did very well with them. It was really great to see so many GOS together putting on a show with some of the very best GOS in the country on display. Overall Nottinghamshire Show Champion was Lowpark Queen, a Large Black sow from the herd of Messrs Matthews, North Yorkshire.
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