A Teeswater fleece won the 2019 British Wool National Golden Fleece competition for Pamela Morrish and Adrian Helm of North Yorkshire.

The reserve champion title went to Sam McConnell from Ballymartin, Co Down, for a Romney fleece.

The Golden Fleece is a nationwide competition open to all British Wool producers, run in association with JG Animal Health. Producers from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales are invited to enter their fleeces at any of the eleven British Wool depots across the UK.

In addition, the champion fleeces from 18 regional agricultural shows attended by British Wool are automatically entered into the four country finals.

The competition's final eight include two fleeces from each home nation – one traditional carpet type, and one speciality/knitwear type. The winning Teeswater fleece was entered into the final having won the speciality/knitwear category in England.

On presenting the prizes to the eight finalists, British Wool chairman Trevor Richards said: “British Wool handles more than 13 million fleeces each year, so for the eight fleeces that got through to the final of the competition, it is a tremendous achievement. The enthusiasm and efforts of the wool industry from all of the eight finalists was inspiring and their places in the final were well deserved.”

This year’s competition was judged by quality control manager David Swinton, who was keen to stress that it was no easy task, as every fleece in the final eight had its own individual qualities.

Pamela and Adrian keep a closed flock of Teeswaters for their dual purpose of wool and meat, and exhibit at the Great Yorkshire, Otley and other local agricultural shows throughout the summer months.

The winners said: “We are delighted and overwhelmed that we have produced the Champion Golden Fleece for 2019. We have been lucky enough to receive guidance and advice from Ian Brooksbank, senior head grader at Bradford Depot over the past few years, which we are very grateful for.”