I had the opportunity to judge the Junior Shropshire Show at the Middle Tennessee Valley Fair last weekend. The quality ran deep with 48 head shown and the Champion Shropshire Ewe became Supreme Champion Ewe congratulation to Taylor Young.
As I look back at the Shropshire breed in our era of slick shearing the result are unbelievable!
The muscle shape, the hide , the correctness of the skeleton, and the design are unmatched from previous eras.
Yes, breed character can be variable but only a few were outside the range of acceptable in this show.
The young Shropshire breeders have their direction for the breed and are doing an excellent job of selecting sheep that fit into their vision.