Threatened showers failed to materialise on Saturday at the Banchory Show which was bathed in sunshine for most of the day.
As always, the show attracted town and country although the overall attendance was down on the year.
The show proved a triumph for Garry Patterson, Upper Forgie, Aultmore, Keith, who repeated his success at Echt Show three weeks ago by winning the breed, interbreed and “champion of champions” titles with his 18-month-old Limousin heifer, Foxhillfarm Miss Money Penny.
She is owned jointly with well-known Suffolk sheep breeder Graham Morrison, Inchbruich, Cornhill.
The heifer’s purchase price of 10,000gn at Carlisle in May seems a bargain, given that her sire is the 38,000gn Foxhillfarm Irish Lad and she is out of the breed’s record-priced female at 125,000gn, Glenrock Illusion. A full sister was interbreed champion at the Highland.
Also continuing on their winning way were Huntly livestock dealer Blair Duffton and Rebecca Stuart from Insch.
Their jointly-owned Charolais cross Irish-bred heifer Gold Rush topped a strong commercial beef cattle section and went on to stand reserve for the interbreed beef cattle championship. She was champion of champions at Fettercairn, reserve at Echt and cross cattle champion at New Deer. It was a successful day for Blair and Rebecca who also carried the interbreed group-of-three award with three black cross cattle.
Local exhibitors and former show president Robin Stewart and his wife, Karen, Stablebrae, Durris, carried off the reserve “champion of champions” award with their native breed horse champion, the 12-year-old Highland mare West Lodge Ashley, which has won many accolades during her long career, including the interbreed championship at Black Isle last year.
Reserve for the native horse championship was the Shetland champion the filly Lynemore Isla, from Christine Forbes, 1 Dullanbank, Dufftown.
Veteran Suffolk breeder Judith Lorimer, Cadgerford, Kingswells, with son Stuart and granddaughter Hannah were delighted to win the interbreed sheep championship with a home-bred gimmer by Lakeview Laidlaw being shown for the first time.
Reserve for the sheep award went to Stuart and Wendy Hunter, West Cairnhill, Culsalmond, with their Texel champion, a home-bred ewe lamb by the 1,200gn Knap Yardmaster.
CATTLE – ABERDEEN-ANGUS: Ken and Margaret Howie, Cairnton, Lumphanan, with yearling bull, Cairnton Enterprize, by Rawburn Boss Hogg and out of Blelack Evora. Reserve – Mark Wattie, Mains of Tonley, Alford, with yearling bull, Tonley Eye Candy, by Blelack Evor.
CHAROLAIS – Wendy Kingaby, Mains of Auchmeddan, Pennan, Fraserburgh, with two-year-old bull, Utopua Lotus, by Newroddige Hercules and out of Utopua Goddess. Reserve – Mark Wattie with 13-month-old bull, Tonley Mourinho ET, by Blelack Forbes.
SIMMENTAL – Scott and Kerry Smith, Bankhead, Portlethen, with two-year-old heifer, Forgeron Cornflower, by Forgeron Dexter and out of Lopmede Cornflower. Reserve – Scott and Kerry Smith with yearling heifer, Forgeron Helen, by Ranflury Empire.
LIMOUSIN – Garry Patterson, Upper Forgie, Aultmore, Keith, with 18-month-old heifer, Foxhillfarm Miss Money Penny, by the 38,000gn Foxhillfarm Irish Lad and out of the 125,000gn breed record priced female, Glenrock Illusion. Bought jointly with Graham Morrison, Inchbruich, Cornhill, for 10,000gn at Carlisle in May. Champion of champions at Echt. Reserve – Aileen Ritchie, Tamala, Burnside, Whitecairns, with two-year-old heifer, Beachmont Lady, by Lowerffryid Emperor. Bought at Red Ladies sale at Carlisle for 9,000gn.
BRITISH BLONDE – Alison Watt, Birkenburn, Keith, with two-year-old in-calf heifer, Strathisla Lavender, by Strathisla Hero and out of Strathisla Brandy. Reserve – Alison Watt with 10-month-old bull, Strathisla Marvel, by Ark Diageo and out of Strathisla Venus.
HIGHLAND – Ian Adams, 24 Beech Tree Road, Banchory, with four-year-old cow, Frangag Dubh of Cladich, by Seonaidh Mor of Ardura, and out of Frangag Dona 10th of Torloisk. Champion last year. Reserve – Amy and Steven Reid, 134 Forest Park, Stonehaven, with three-year-old heifer, Sorcha Dubh 2nd of Cladich, by Seonaidh Mor of Ardura and out of Sorcha Dubh of Cladich.
BRITISH BLUE – Gavin and Jemma Greenlaw, Balgrain Farms, Dinnet, with 19-month-old home-bred ET heifer by Dafydd d’Ochain and out of 30,000gn Tweeddale Hawkeye. Reserve – Gary Patterson with seven-month-old bull calf, Woodend Logan, by AI sire Attribout and out of Woodend Janelia.
SALERS – David Watson, Darnford, Durris, with two-year-old bull, Darnford Kelvin, by Fangio and out Darnford Cassie. Champion last year. Reserve – Jamie McIntyre, Milton of Cullerlie, Echt, with five-year-old Irish-bred cow, Lisnamaul Floss, by Ballynallie Samuel.
ANY OTHER BREED – Alison Watt with six-year-old Beef Shorthorn cow, Grandtullybrae Yantara Trixie 4th, by Virginian of Upsall. Reserve – James Hardie, 47 Gordon Road, Alford, with nine-month Beef Shorthorn bull calf, Bankhead Kasper, by Birselawsie Glenlivet.
COMMERCIAL – Blair Duffton and Rebecca Stuart of Huntly and Insch, with 14-month-old Charolais cross heifer, Gold Rush, by Ashleigh Admiral and out of a Limousin cross British Blue cow. Champion of champions at Fettercairn, reserve overall champion at Echt and champion at New Deer. Reserve – Barry Paterson, Cairndaie Croft, Sauchen, with October-born home-bred Limousin cross heifer calf by Claragh Franco and out a Limousin cross cow. Destined for Spectacular.
CARCASE CATTLE – Hugh Gordon, Clochnahill, Stonehaven. Reserve – Eric Buchan, Glenisla, Torphins.
SHEEP – SUFFOLK – Judith Lorimer, Cadgerford, Kingswells, with a gimmer by 800gn Lakeview Laidlaw and out of a ewe by Strathisla Fencer. Reserve – Judith Lorimer with a ewe lamb by 800gns Newwells Knock Out and out of a ewe by Strathisal Fencer.
BLACKFACE – R. and N. Barclay, Harestone, Crathes, with one-crop ewe by £6,500 Nunnerie. Reserve – Andrew Leek, Greenhill Farmhouse, Lonmay, with ewe.
TEXEL – W. and M. Hunter, West Cairnhill, Culsalmond, with ewe lamb by 1,200gn Knap Yardmaster and out of a ewe by Aman Vyrimmy. Reserve – Jemma Green, Corskie, Garmouth, gimmer by the 16,000gn Glenside Willy Nilly and out of a Millbank ewe.
BLUEFACED LEICESTER – R. and N. Barclay with £2,500 Kirkstead-bred ram. Champion at the Royal Highland. Reserve – Rodney Blackhall, The Green, Raemoir, with two-crop ewe by Irish-bred Mossvale sire.
NORTHERN SHORT-TAIL – Ian and Lesley Carnegie, Broomhill, Rickarton, with Shetland shearling ram, Raedykes Marcus, by St Baldreds ram and out of Rental ewe. Reserve – Claire Bailey, The Blackwater, Bridge of Cally, with three-year-old Shetland grey katmoget ram by Ewingstone Silver Birch.
ZWARTBLES – Faye Wilkie, Whitestone, Skene, with two-crop ewe, Broomfield Beyonce, by Eildon Hill Am Yer Man and out of Eildon Hill Windfall. Reserve – Faye Wilkie with gimmer, Cynefin Destiny, by Conic Buddy.
ANY OTHER CONTINENTAL BREED – W. and M. Hunter with a Blue Texel by Forhill Yogie and out of Bieli ewe Reserve – Rachel Cruden, 2 Standingstones Cottages, Dyce.
ANY OTHER NATIVE BREED – D. and B. Henderson, Nether Toucks, Dunnottar, Stonehaven, with one-crop Lleyn ewe, by 1,100gn Bensfield sire. Reserve – Raymond Aitken, Beech Cottage, Newton of Fetternear, Inverurie, with a Ryeland gimmer by Fetternear Tickety Boo and out of a home-bred ewe.
CROSS – Miller Farms, The Lurg, Midmar, with a gimmer by Birness Suffolk and out of Aimster-bred Half-bred ewe. Reserve – Miller Farms with ewe lamb by Roxburgh Mains Texel sire and out of Suffolk x Half-bred ewe.
Prime lambs – Miller Farms with Beltex cross by Woodies sire. Reserve – Hugh Gordon.
NATIVE HORSES AND PONIES – CLYDESDALE – Vic Peterkin, Mergie House, Rickarton, with yearling filly, Bogton Imogen. Reserve – Ian Young, Wellheads, Clochan, Buckie, with two-year-old filly, Arradoul Ceilidh. Supreme at Turriff last year.
HIGHLAND – Robin and Karen Stewart, Stablesbrae, Durris, with 12-year-old mare, West Lodge Ashley, by Coulnacraig Highlander and out of Laura of Craignetherty. Reserve overall at Fettercairn. Reserve – n/a.
SHETLAND – Christine Forbes, 1 Dullanbank, Duffton, with Lynemore Isla. Reserve- Christine Forbes with six-year=old mare, Lynemore Finesse, by Abbotsbrae Urquhart Kinkell Gilia.