IT WOULD have taken more than a dreich day to knock the shine off the cream of the country’s sheep as they took to the showring at the Royal Highland yesterday.
And, with the first day of showing being primarily devoted to the native breeds, they laughed in the face of the elements yet still exuded all the top qualities of breeding and stockmanship which had been lavished upon them. In the hotly-contested Blackface lines, there was reversal of last year’s fortunes, with a two-crop ewe from J Wight & Sons, Midlock, Crawford, Biggar, lifting the championship, while the Ramsays of Milnmark, Dalry, Castle Douglas, lifted the reserve ticket with a gimmer by a Crossflat tup.
Robbie Wilson, North Dorlaithers, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, lifted the Suffolk championship and reserve with a two-crop ewe by Strathisla Speed and a tup lamb.
Pulling off a similar feat in the Lleyn lines were JA&R Geldard, Low Foulshaw, Kendal, Cumbria. Their homebred gimmer lifted the top ticket and their two-shear tup the reserve.
In cattle, Bill Bruce from Balmyle, Meigle, took the supreme award with his home-bred bull, Balmyle Eclipse.
There was an emotional finale to the Simmental judging when a cow belonging to the late John Young, a past RHASS chairman, took the supreme award. Brought out by his son, William, who farms at Skerrington Mains, Kilmarnock, the seven-year-old Skerrington Rhona 21st made an impressive sight with her twin heifer calves at-foot.
In the Angus ring, it was a home-bred, two-year old bull, Blelack Egotist, which took the honours for veteran breeder Neil Massie, Dinnet.
Alison Watt, Birkenburn, Keith, was delighted when her British Blonde cow, Strathisla Flavia, took the championship in its section.
A home-bred bull, Romany 1 Heavyduty, from Ron Wilson, Cowbog, Kelso, won the Hereford championship.
North Country Cheviot Park J Runciman & Sons, Allanshaws, Galashiels, with a four-shear tup. Reserve: DN Campbell & Sons, Barnaclavan Farm, Westfield, Thurso, with a two-crop home-bred ewe.
Ryelands Pat Maddock, Bennel Cottage, Dalbeattie, with a shearling ram. Reserve: Alison Robinson Suncroft, Wigton, Cumbria with a home-bred gimmer.
Blackface: J Wight & Sons, Biggar. Reserve: W Ramsay, Castle Douglas.
Lleyn: champion and reserve – JA&R Geldard, Kendal, Cumbria.
Suffolk: champion and reserve – Robbie Wilson, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.
Commercial sheep: Andrew Baillie, Broomfield Lodge, Larkhall, with a pair of three-quarter Beltex lambs. Reserve: Sutherland, Sibmister and Stainlands, Caithness, with a five-crop, three-quarter Suffolk ewe with twin Texel cross lambs.
Jacob: G Connor and S Dalrymple, Dun Mor, Bridgend, Linlithgow, with gimmer. Reserve: Robert Locker, Greenlaw, Berwickshire, with two-crop home-bred ewe.
Cheviot: James Common, Crossdykes, Lockerbie, with home-bred gimmer. Reserve: James Irving, Mountbenger, Yarrow, Selkirk, with a two-shear tup.
Border Leicester: James Brown and others, Mindrum, Northumberland, with a two-shear tup. Reserve: David Walker, High Alticaine, Girvan, with a gimmer.
North Country Cheviot Hill: JM Elliot, Woodside, Kelso, with a home-bred one crop ewe. Reserve: Kelsocleugh, Yetholm, Kelso, with gimmer.
Berrichon du Cher: Frances Barbour, Newark, Sanquhar, Dumfries, with a one-crop ewe. Reserve: Ewan Burgess, Maryfield, New Abbey, Dumfries, with Newark Kaiser, a two-shear tup bred by Frances Barbour.
Charolais: Bill Bruce, Balmyle, Meigle, with the three-year-old bull, Balmyle Eclipse. Reserve: Libby Clarke and Robert Milne, Lurgan, Armagh, with the five-year-old bull, Edenhurst Cognac.
Beef Shorthorn: James Porter, Lisburn, Co Antrim, with the six-year-old cow, Gipsy Rascal. Reserve: David Dickie, Knockenjig, Sanquhar, with the yearling bull, Knockenjig Eclipse.
Hereford: Ron Wilson, Cowbog, Kelso, with two-year-old bull, Romany 1 Heavyduty. Reserve: William and Joy Andrew, Oaklea, Ayr, with the 17 month-old bull, Arranview 1 Prince Regent.
British Blonde: Alison Watt. Reserve: Sean Kennedy, Overton, Ayr, with the four-year-old cow, Newpark Dominique.
Highland: Alan Blackburn, Braecock Mill, Caputh, with the two-year-old heifer, Eilidh 3rd of Roisbheinn. Reserve: Michael Poland, Lower Preshaw, Southampton, with the two-year-old bull, Eoin Mhor 11th of Mottistone.
Simmental: William Young. Reserve: Jimmy and Iain Green, Corskie, Fochabers, with the two-year-old heifer, Corskie Basha.
Limousin: Doug Mash, Torrington, Chesham, with four-year-old bull, Hafodlas Domino. Reserve: Peter Smith, Newlands, Banbury, with four-year-old cow, Ironstone Dumandy.
Aberdeen Angus: Neil Massie, Dinnet. Reserve: Gordon Brooke, Linton Wold, Malton, with the two-year-old heifer, Linton Gilbertine’s Black Bess.
Galloway: John and Iain Finlay, Blackcraig, Castle Douglas, and Willie McLean, Inverglen, with the six-year-old cow, Finmac Libby. Reserve: Dennis Gall, Boquhan Home Farm, Kippen, with the seven-year-old bull, Penninghame Major.
British Blue: Richard Oxley, Barholm Mains, Newton Stewart, with the yearling heifer, Tweeddale Glamour Girl. Reserve: Jonathon and Sarah Bellas, Croft Ends, Cumbria, with the three-year-old cow, Croft Ends Emma.
Belted Galloway: Tom Rennie, Mosston Muir, Forfar, with the nine-year-old cow, Mosston Muir Primrose. Reserve: Rennie with the yearling bull, Mosston Muir Paddy.
Commercial: M&M Alford, Foxhill, Cullompton, with the Limousin cross heifer, Smarty Pants. Reserve: J Hyslop and M Richardson, Balluskie, Girvan, with Limousin cross heifer, Nightown Fantasy.
Salers: R&A Crockett, Conker, Hawick, with the two-year-old bull, Seawell Fortune. Reserve: Bryan Walling, Selkirk, with the 19 month-old bull, Cumbrian Red Hector.
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