The entry was the biggest at this event and the quality of the sheep as good as seen anywhere in the UK this year, said judge Matt Drummond of the Cassington flock in
In 2006, it was the top performancerecorded flock in the UK.
He added: "Obviously we were all prepared to sell this flock in September; however, this was taken out of our hands by Defra.
A low pathogenic strain of avian influenza had been detected in one non-commercial flock and one commercial flock in
Delaware, one commercial flock in
Maryland and two live-bird markets in New Jersey.
Since this triumph of public relations was made possible by the Jesuits, the pope also saw the desirability of reaffirming his previous commitments to the order and to his Catholic flock in
And it was Jane, an honours graduate in animal science from Newcastle University, who persuaded her mum to re-start the flock in 2002.
Having it selected as top flock in the northern counties branch of the Suffolk Flock Book Society ( against opposition from as far afield as Lincolnshire and the Scottish Borders ( is the icing on the cake for the pair.
Having it selected as top flock in
the northern counties branch of the Suffolk Flock Book Society - against opposition from as far afield as Lincolnshire and the Scottish Borders - is the icing on the cake for the pair.
Other prizes awarded to the flock in
the National competition include, reserve champion ewe lambs and reserve champion stud rams, to flock champion, WH Sinnett, of Worcester.