Triumphant year for AgriScot 2012 with almost 10,000 visitors

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AgriScot 2012 will be remembered by Gilmour Lawrie, Brieryside, Prestwick, as he shared in both the SuperCow and the Superheifer championships.

Gilmour’s second calver red-and-white cow, bought privately last year, Dilandy Debonair Tabitha Red – which is jointly owned by Bryan Yates, East Logan farm, Castle Douglas – took top award from show judge, John Gribbon.

In the heifer championship, Gilmour and son Kevin showed home-bred Ayrshire Brieryside Profiliz Cherry who, on her first time in a show-ring, picked up the overall award.

The winner of the first Scotch Beef Farm of the Year Award was Upper Nisbet Farm, near Jedburgh, run by Robert and Jacqueline Neill.

The new award is sponsored by AgriScot and Quality Meat Scotland and is aimed at showcasing excellence in the production of cattle in Scotland. The other two finalist farms were Perthshire-based Netherton Farm near Auchterarder, run by the McLaren family and East Lothian-based Cairndinnis farm, near Haddington, run by Euan Smith. The 2012 AgriScot Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year sponsored by World Wide Sires was by the firm of Andrew Harvey, Drum farm, Beeswing, Dumfries. Mother Margaret and sons Stuart and John milk 274 Holstein cows and all take separate roles in the day-to-day management.

The AgriScot Business Skills Award was won by Sara Sands, Southfield, Abernyte – the first time a female has taken this award aimed at encouraging young people into the industry. Joint runners up were Scott Murchie, Prestonhall, Annan and Stuart Sharp, Barscarrow Farm, Sandhead, Stranraer.

Speaking at the close of the event, AgriScot chairman, Andrew Moir said that with close to 10,000 visitors attending, it was hoped talks with the Highland Society in the new year would solve the accommodation issue in time for 2013’s event.