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Stackyard News Oct 06

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Suffolk Youngster scoops major award

A Midlands based young sheep breeder has scooped a major award, which was competed for internationally, with his Suffolk sheep flock.

Tom Cox is pictured earlier this year with his
interbreed champion ewe lamb

Tom Cox is pictured earlier this year with his interbreed champion ewe lamb

Eighteen year old Tom Cox of Marston, Staffordshire, beat entries from throughout the UK, Eire and Belgium, to win the Bristol Gold Cup, with the Tomcroft flock which he established in the year 2000, while still at school.

Now he will be welcoming sheep breeders from throughout the UK and beyond to view the flock of some 50 flock ewes at a special open day and prize giving next Thursday, November 2 at Manor Farm.

“We are really pleased, this is one of the Society’s top accolades,” says Tom, who has been encouraged by his parents Steve and Vera Cox, who run a herd of 300 pedigree Holsteins.

Tom recently completed his National diploma in agriculture at Rodbaston College and has now joined the family farm fulltime. The win completes a great year where he won the reserve interbreed title at Stafford County Show; the interbreed Champion at the Shropshire and West Midland Show and breed champion at Newport. And the great year has been rounded off with more news this week that his flock has won the champion flock for Shropshire and Montgomeryshire, for the second consecutive year.

The view day will commence at 12 noon, with prize giving, when full results will be announced, at 2pm. All those interested in Suffolk sheep are welcome and refreshments will be available; please contact the Society office +44 (0) 1684 893366 or the Cox family +44 (0) 1785 840 024 to help with catering arrangements.

Directions – leave the M6 at junction 12 and take the A5 west. At the Bradford Arms pub take the road going north for Wheaton Aston; there will be signs to the farm from the village of Wheaton Aston.

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