BARBURY CASTLE’S champion ram cleared the floor at the Royal Berkshire County Show in Newbury, taking the Single Commercial ram class by storm at the country show.

Barbury Castle Estate supervisor Simon Wells has taken part in the event six times and this year took away a range of awards including second and third with two breeding ewes.

Chris Woodhouse, owner of Barbury Castle, said: “For the last few years Simon has been very successful and this year won a number of rosettes and his ram was judged champion.

“It is a fearsome beast."

The Charollais Beltex cross sheep are a popular addition to the estate in Wroughton.

“He works really hard to get such great results year after year here at Barbury.”

Mr Well added: "We've got two names for the ram, one of them being psycho! But he is a champion ram and we have won the Arthur Young Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the champion pen of butcher's lambs three times in a row now too.

"This is the first year that the first prize with the commercial breeding ewes has evaded me, I had won it for the last five years in a row. Next year I will be there again to win it back."