The Scottish Farmer’s very own ambassador, Ken Fletcher, will be judging the prestigious champion of champions at this year’s Balmoral Show.

The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society has announced an exceptional line-up of judges for the 155th Balmoral Show, which takes place on May 15-18.

The full list of judges is as follows, and includes several well-known Scottish names.


Clydesdales, farm cart/agricultural vehicle, heavy trade turnouts, Clydesdale young handlers – Robert Morton


Badger Face Texel – Nigel Hogan

Beltex – Stuart Wood

Berrichon – Carl Gwynne

The Scottish Farmer: Inter-breed overall championships – Malcolm CoubroughInter-breed overall championships – Malcolm Coubrough

Bleu Du Maine – Simon Norman

Blue Texel – Hamish Currie

Bluefaced Leicester – Robert Loughridge

Border Leicester/Greyface – Ian Walker

Charollais – David Argue

Dorset Horn and Poll – Alec Steff

Dutch Spotted – Brian Davies

Greyface – Ian Walker

Hampshire Down – Adrian Rundle

Ile de France – Melvyn Annett

Jacob – Wyn Harris

The Scottish Farmer: Inter-breed pairs and group of three championships – Peter GrayInter-breed pairs and group of three championships – Peter Gray

Kerryhill – Chris Adamson

Lleyn – Roger Wells

Mules – Robert Loughridge

North Country Cheviot – Scott Davies

Minority breeds – John Blaney

Rouge de l’Ouest – Jeremy Metianu

Suffolk – Michael Black

Texel – Iolo Prys Jones

Valais Blacknose – David Hodge

Zwartbles – Arfon Lloyd

Pairs of ewe and ram lambs and gimmers – Jennifer Aiken

Single lamb – any breed – Jennifer Aiken

Inter-breed pairs and group of three championships – Peter Gray

Inter-breed overall championships – Malcolm Coubrough

Sheep young handlers – Marjory Blackburn


Goats – Tim Garry

Goat young handler – Olive Mercer


Pig pairs – Robin Todd

Pig young handler – Olive Mercer


Aberdeen Angus – David Johnstone

Hereford – James Ludgate

Charolais – Kevin Thomas

Simmental – Norman Robson

Limousin – Rheon James

British Blonde – James Weightman

British Blue – Andrew Kay

The Scottish Farmer: Beef young handler – John McCullochBeef young handler – John McCulloch

Salers – Adam Crockett

Commercial – Tracy Jones

Beef Shorthorns – George Somerville

Dexter – Steven Darnbrook

Irish Moiled – Dan Bull

Beef inter-breed performance, inter-breed stock judging – Meurig D E James

Beef pairs and group championships – Vikki Wood

Beef groups of five, native and continental and exhibitor bred pairs – Colin Fordyce

Junior championship, champion of champions – Vikki Wood

Beef presentation award – Alexandra Woods and Alan Armstrong

Beef young handler – John McCulloch


Dairy Shorthorn, Ayrshire, Jersey – Arwyn Wilson

Holstein – Wyn Jones

Inter-breed dairy pairs, groups championships, champion of champion and dairy young handler – Duncan Hunter

Dairy presentation award – Alexandra Woods and Alan Armstrong


Champion of Champions – Ken Fletcher