IT WAS a family affair for Llanymynech residents Delia Jones, her daughter Alison and grandson William, 13.

The family, under the name Blue Force, took the male champion prize in the Blue-faced Leicesters category. William also took part in the Young Handlers category.

Delia said: "We're really pleased because they're home bred, so it's lovely."

The family attend the Oswestry Show every year and compete at similar events across the area.

The Jones family has a long history in their area, with William being the fifth generation to farm at Clawdd Coch.

They agreed that the win was all the more special for competing as a family.

Another successful family were Sisters Emma and Clare Harding, along with father Michael, achieved success with champion male and reserve champion in the Any other Breed category.

Mr Harding started a Texel flock in the 1980s and the Blue Texels were introduced around six years ago.

The sisters, from Abermule in Powys, have been showing sheep for around six years and Mr Jones for many more.

They compete at events in the area, and this year competed at the Royal Welsh Show.

Clare added: "We did all right. We didn't get anything but the classes were very, very large - there's a massive turn out and the breed of Blue Texels has massively taken off now, so whereas a couple of years ago you would only see a few, now I think in one of the classes there were about 30 in there.

"The breed's really taken off."

Milton Jones' Chamois hill sheep won first prize in the yearling ram, ram and ewe lambs, aged ewes over yearling, the ewe yearlings as well as the group of three.

Mr Jones, who farms the Minyffordd Flock near Newtown, praised 14 year old John Jarman for assisting him with the competition for the first time.

"It's a fantastic achievement. It's the only show we've done this year," he said

"I've got a young lad here with me showing for the first time - he showed the yearling ewe and he won his class. He's been a big help all day.

"He's a neighbour's son. John has had an excellent day - he's done really well."

John hopes to have a career in farming after he leaves education.