The Irish Vendéen Sheep Society this year held its annual national finals at Clonmel Agricultural show. While wet conditions hampered judging in 2016 in Galway, the same couldn’t be said for this year, with sheep panting from the heat. Judge Neil Howie of the Lyham Flock in Northumberland made the journey across the Irish Sea to judge this year’s competition, which this year comprised of over 60 sheep.

After just over two hours judging, he found his champion in the form of a senior ewe from the Quintrent flock of Conor and Cheryl O’Brien. This four-year-old is from French AI and out of a dam who was shown with great success as a shearling.