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Tradition lives on for breed champion.

A breed of sheep that delighted King George III and was promoted by the aristocracy is still winning accolades today.

A Southdown bred by George Hughes, chairman of the NSA Wales and Borders Ram Sale committee, won the breed championship at Europe's biggest ram sale.

The sale was held last week at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells.

Mr Hughes, who farms at Llanddarog near Carmarthen, said the breed has wonderful conformation and is an ideal tup for a young ewe producing her first lamb.

He said the lamb would be of a suitable size and have the right appetite for her to successfully feed and rear.

Mr Hughes has fond memories of his father travelling from Chester to Chichester each year to buy fresh Southdowns.

His mother was particularly anxious in 1939 that war would break out before his father could return home.

George Hughes is pictured here receiving the award from Alan Symonds of Somerset based Symtag, joint sponsors with Surrey-based Ketchums, also a tag company.
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