Two well-known livestock breeders from the north-east celebrated their birthdays by taking home the supreme show champion of champions and reserve titles at the Turriff Show.
Leading the charge for the top title were Aberdeenshire Limousin breeders Harry and Lynwen Emslie of Kinknockie, Mintlaw, Peterhead. Mr Emslie was celebrating his birthday at yesterday’s show, which saw him and wife Lynwen’s four-year-old Limousin bull take home breed champion, beef interbreed and show champion of champion rosettes.
Supreme show judge David Leggat, former executive chairman of United Auctions, said of his champion: “The bull was terribly impressive. The Limousins pride themselves as a carcase breed and that animal is just incredible. He has beef in all the right places, he walks well, and he is what you would want in a carcase beef animal.”
Mr Leggat was referring to July-2013 born Whiskey Infinity, jointly owned by the Emslies with Meridian Genetics in South Africa
He was bought privately and is by Plumtree Deus and out of Wilodge Glitzy, whose full sister bred the 60,000gn Carlisle champion in May.
Prior to the Turriff win, Infinity was part of the winning interbreed team at the Highland, champion of champions at New Deer and breed champion at the Royal Welsh last week.
His first calves are now on the ground and Meridian Genetics is planning to sell the first batch of semen from him in September.
Mr Leggat was then tasked with selecting a reserve champion of champions from a line-up of sheep, dairy, native horse and ridden horse champions.
He said: “The standard is very high. It’s a really good event and the area should be proud of it.”
He awarded his reserve rosettes to the leader from the sheep section. This was the Texel section leader from another breeder celebrating his birthday – Robbie Wilson of North Dorlaithers, Turriff.
His champion was a home-bred gimmer by Glenside Willy Nilly, and out of a ewe by Teiglum Tornado. She previously stood champion at the Highland.
Commenting on his reserve, Mr Leggat said: “The Texel is a beautiful, complete sheep with a fantastic carcase. It’s very sound on its feet and it had a really good head.”
Reserve in the beef section was the champion from the Shorthorn section – seven-year-old cow Lowther Sally from the Anderson family at Smallburn Farms, Plewlands, Duffus.
This was the fifth time the Andersons brought Sally to Turriff, her fourth breed championship win and her first placing in the interbreed championship.
Other wins in the beef section included the best junior bull title going to November-2015 born Limousin bull Whiskey Lord from Michael Robertson, Easter Fodderletter Farms, Tomintoul. Reserve junior bull was May-2016 born Charolais bull Inverlochy Magic from John and Raymond Irvine at Inverlochy, Tomintoul.
Champion in group of three went to a trio of Simmentals from the Greens at Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, and Michael Robertson and family from Easter Fodderletter took reserve with three black cross cattle. The pairs title went to the champion and reserve winners from the commercial section, while reserve was the Charolais champion and reserve.
Meanwhile, in the sheep section the reserve top title went to the champion from the Suffolk section.
This was a gimmer from Jim Innes at Dunscroft, Huntly. By Muirton One Direction and out of a Strathbogie Stiffler dam.
In the equine section, the overall native champion was the leader from the Clydesdales. This was six-year-old gelding Collessie Full Monty from James Gibb, Shoemakers Croft, Clola, Mintlaw, Peterhead.
Bred by Ronnie Black, he was bought by Mr Gibb as a six-month-old colt and is by Collessie Stepping Sone and out of Sandhill Ellie May.
Supreme ridden horse was champion from the coloured horses and ponies section, a 13-year-old rescue Clydesdale from Stephanie Slater, Barclay House, 55 Main Street, Newmill, Keith. Named Bulwark Bay, the champion is by Prince of Torbruad.
CATTLE – SHORTHORN – Smallburn Farms, Plewlands, Duffus, with seven-year-old cow Lowther Sally, by Blelack Minstrel and out of Lowther Sally 1. This is her fourth championship win at Turriff. Reserve – Smallburn Farms with rising two-year-old bull Smallburn Jethro, by Lowther Emblem andout of Smallburn Fifi. He was champion at Nairn on Saturday on his only other outing.
ABERDEEN-ANGUS – Hamish W. Sclater, Denhead Farms, Dunlugas, Turriff, with March-2016 born bull Deveron Mephis Boy, by Belhaven Dryburgh Abbey and out of Deveron Beauty Maid. On his first outing. The sire was bought from Kenny Pratt, who originally paid 10,000gn for him. Reserve – Hamish W. Sclater with April-2016 born bull Deveron Eldon, by Belhaven Dryburgh Abbey and out of Deveron Elize. He was reserve native in the beef breeder at the Highland Show earlier in the year.
CHAROLAIS – Billy and Gary Wright, Lagavaich, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch, with two-year-old heifer Lagavaich Lucy, by AI sire Inverlochy Ferdie and out of Kelton Finesse. She was reserve at Angus. Reserve – John and Raymond Irvine, Inverlochy, Tomintoul, with December-2013 born bull Kilbline Instigator, by Oscar and out of Kilbline Ursula. He was beef interbreed champion at Turriff and Black Isle last year, and champion at the Highland Show this year.
SIMMENTAL – W. J. and J. Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, with five-year-old cow Corskie Disco with her May-born calf Corskie I-Dance at foot. By Islavale Sabre and out of Corskie Swirl, she was successfully shown in 2014. Reserve – D. and R. Durno and Sons, Auchorachan, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch, with December-2015 born bull Auchorachan Gangster by Kilbride Farm Bantry and out of elite cow Auchorachan Wendy. On first outing.
LIMOUSIN – Harry and Lynwen Emslie, Kinknockie, Mintlaw, Peterhead, with four-year-old bull Whiskey Infinity, which is owned jointly with Meridian Genetics in South Africa. By Plumtree Deus and out of Wilodge Glitzy, he was champion of champions at New Deer and breed champion at the Royal Welsh Show last week. Reserve – Craig and Jack Hendry, Heads of Auchinderran, Keith, with two-year-old heifer Powerful Kango, by Haltcliffe Dancer, and bought as a six-month-old for £3,300. She was champion at Nairn and reserve at Echt and New Deer.
BRITISH BLONDE – Alison Watt, Birkenburn, Keith, with tow-year-old heifer Strathisla Lavender, by Strathisla Hero and out of Strathisla Brandy. She was champion at Echt, New Deer and Banchory. Reserve – Alison Watt with November-2015 born heifer Strathisla Lexy, by Strahisla Hero and out of Strathisla Easter. She was first at Echt, New Deer and Banchory.
HIGHLAND – Ian Adams, 24 Beechtree Road, Banchory, with four-year-old cow Frangag Dubh of Cladich, by Seonaidh Mor of Ardura and out of Frangag Donn 10th of Torloisk. Bought at Oban and champion at Banchory. Reserve – Veronica Thomson, Clackriach Cottage, Maud, Peterhead, with five-year-old cow Ban Righ 4th of Mottistone, by Eoin Mhor 5th of Mottistone and out of Ban Righ of Mottistone. Bought at Oban for 1,600gn.
BRITISH BLUE – James Manson, Upper Northfields, Hempriggs, Wick, September-2015 born heifer Caithness Krystal, by Domino and out of Caithness Caledonie. She was continental champion on Caithness. Reserve – James Manson with September-2015 born bull Caithness Kennedy, by Grommit Hof Ter Zilverberg and out of Caithness Caledonie. He was reserve continental at Caithness.
ANY OTHER BREED – Alister Mackenzie, Whitebog Farm, Fortrose, Ross-shire, with two-year-old Salers heifer Whitebog Kim, by Gentleman and out of Whitebog Hayley. She was champion at Echt this year and last, and junior female champion at this year’s Highland. Reserve – Alister Mackenzie with two-year-old Salers bull Whitebog Karbolic, by Whitebog Sandy and out of Whitebog Gwen. He was reserve at the Highland and will sell at Castle Douglas.
CROSS-BRED – Rebecca Stuart and Blair Duffton of Insch and Huntly with 15-month-old Charolais cross heifer Gold Rush. Bought at Dungannon, Northern Ireland, for £3,200, and champion of champions at Fettercairn, reserve overall champion at Echt and Banchory, and champion at New Deer. Reserve – William and David Moir, Home Farm, Cairness, Fraserburgh, with September-2016 born Charolais cross bullock Cairness McLaren. Irish-bred, by Anside Foreman, he was on first outing.
CARCASE CATTLE – J. G. Morrison and Co, Newton of Auchaber, Forgue, Huntly, with a heifer. Reserve – J. G. Morrison and Co with a heifer.
HOLSTEIN – Stuart G. Mair and Sons, Kinnermit, Turriff, with senior cow Deveronside Man O Man Maralyn 2. She was reserve overall champion at last year’s show and is currently giving 54 litres. Reserve – G. and A. Taylor, Upper Braikley, Methlick, Ellon, with four-year-old Ayrshire cow Sandyford Potter Pansy, by Des Prairies Potter and out of Knutsford Pansy 223. She was first at the Highland.
DAIRY CALF – G. and A. Taylor with yearling heifer Braiklay Trump Daintylass, by Jenny-Lou Shottle Trump and out of Braiklay Lowick Daintylass. Reserve – G. and A. Taylor with yearling heifer Braiklay Trump Ruby, by same sire and out of Barless Ruby 134. Both on first outing.
YOUNG HANDLERS – Native handler under the age of 12: Joanna Greaves. Native handler aged 12-16: Craig Coutts. Native handler aged 17-20: Sally Mair. Continental handler under the age of 12: Jayne Mitchell. Continental handler aged 12 to 16: Richard Davidson. Continental handler aged 17-20: Laura Green.
SHEEP – SCOTTISH RYELAND NATIONAL SHOW – Raymond and Beth Aitken, Beech Cottage, Newton of Fetternear, Inverurie, with white tup Fetternear Viking, by Fetternear Tickety Boo and out of a home-bred ewe. Champion at New Deer and reserve at Banchory. Reserve – Edward Duncan, Nether Oldwhat, New Deer, with Welsh-bred three-shear coloured tup Bugeilus Bach Uperman, by Southlea Kentucky and out of Bugeilus ewe.
SUFFOLK – Jim Innes, Dunscroft, Huntly, with a gimmer by Muirton One Direction, out of a Strathisla Stiffler dam. Second at Highland. Reserve – Craig G. Paterson, Cranna Bridge, Aberchirder, Huntly, with a tup lamb by Strathbogie AK Magic, out of a Limestone gimmer. First at Echt and New Deer.
BLUEFACED LEICESTER TRADITIONAL – M. and C. Drummond, Cassington Farm, Maybole, Ayrshire, with a shearling tup by an Auchry sire and out of a home-bred ewe by a Teviot tup. He was champion of champions at Dalrymple. Reserve – M. Seed and Son, Home Farm, Auchry, Cuminestown, Turriff, with a gimmer by Myfwrian H1. She was champion at Turriff as a lamb.
BLUEFACED LEICESTER CROSSING TYPE – C. R. and E. S. Millican, Newton of Hassiewells, Rothienorman, Inverurie, with a Riddings-bred shearling tup by H1 Marri Forth. Bought for 4,000gn. Reserve – M. and C. Milne and Sons, Kennieshillock Farm, Lhanbryde, with a ewe lamb by Kirkby Redgate Jackpot, out of a home-bred ewe by a Forth tup.
TEXEL – Robbie Wilson, North Dorlaithers, Turriff, with a gimmer by Glenside Willy Nilly, and out of a ewe by Teiglum Tornado. Champion at Highland. Reserve – Robbie Wilson with a ewe lamb by Strathbogie Yes Sir, out of a 12,000gn Milnbank Fantastic sister.
CHAROLLAIS – Willie and Carole Ingram, Logie Durno Farm, Pitcaple, Inverurie, with a home-bred gimmer by Croghan Hannibel. Second at Highland. Reserve – Willie and Carole Ingram with a home-bred ewe lamb by Tymaen Pound-Stretcher. Second at Highland and third at Royal Welsh.
BELTEX – Stuart Wood, Woolhillock, Skene, Westhill, Aberdeen, with a gimmer namedWoodies Bramble, by Sumo and out of Woodies Wag. She was reserve interbreed at Echt last month. Reserve – Colin G. Mair and Partners, Everton of Auchry, Cuminestown, Turriff, with a tup lamb by Wee Jimmy and out of a Damian ewe.
ZWARTBLES – Faye Wilkie, Whitestone Farm, Skene, Westhill, with a ewe lamb named Whitestone Emerald, by Speyside Buzz and out of Chapelpark Briony. Champion at Echt and New Deer. Reserve – Samantha Stewart, Buttery Brae, Drummuir, Keith, with a gimmer bought at Carlisle as a ewe lamb. She is by Cynefin Ben.
ANY OTHER BREED – Stasa Moyse, Woolhillock, Skene, Westhill, with a Blue Texel shearling tup by Foxhill Yogi. Reserve – Deborah Atkinson, The Manse, Duncanston, Insch, with a Blue Texel tup lamb named Taponoth Blue Steel. Second at Banchory and Angus.
ANY OTHER BREED NON-ACC– Grant and Wright, Innergellie House, Kilrenny, Anstruther, Fife, with a two-crop Border Leicester ewe bought at Jim Brown dispersal. Reserve – Wagglehill Southdowns, Newton of Gask, Greeness, Cuminestown, Turriff, with a Southdown ewe lamb named Wagglehill Fergie, by Ladywell Craig.
BLACKFACE – R. and N. Barclay, South Road, Insch, with a two-crop ewe bought at Allanfauld. She is by a £6,500 Connachan. Reserve – Andrew Walker, Cramie, Glen Prosen, Kirriemuir, with a tup lamb by a £15,000 Crossflat and out of a Dalwyn ewe.
BLEU DU MAINE – Laine Daff, Grenside Cottage, Old Barn Road, Uplawmoor, Renfrewshire, with a two-crop ewe named Greenside Melody, by Purdy Lorenzo and out of Greenside Katy. She was reserve interbreed at Ayr. Reserve – Colin G. Mair and Partners with a tup lamb.
SMALL AND HORNED MINORITY BREED – Neil and Zoe Robson, Loanhead Croft, Cairnie, Huntly, with two-crop Shetland ewe Loanhead Lola, which stood champion here last year. Reserve – Lois Thompson and John W. Graham, Upperthird Croft, Rothienorman, with a Welsh Mountain ewe lamb by Linton Lammermuir.
CROSS – W. and J. Brown, Hilton of Culsh, New Deer, with a one-crop Texel cross ewe. Reserve – I. and H. Anderson, Newton of Carnousie, Forglen, Turriff, with a pen of lambs out of a Texel cross.
BUTCHERS LAMBS – Tom Connell, Little Muddy Lumphart Farm, Inverurie. Reserve – Steven Smith, The Byre, Sunnhill Croft, Turriff.
YOUNG HANDLERS – Under the age of 10: Katie Lorimer. Aged 10-14: Archie Knox. Aged 14-16: Ryan Cumming. Best young handler overall: Archie Knox.
NATIVE HORSES – CLYDESDALE – James Gibb, Shoemakers Croft, Clola, Mintlaw, Peterhead, with six-year-old gelding Collessie Full Monty, by Collessie Stepping Stone and out of Sandhill Ellie May. He was native champion at Newe Deer and reserve at Angus and Brechin Equestrian, and reserve at Echt. Bought from Ronnie Black as a six-month-old colt. He is also a riding horse. Reserve – Ian Young, Wellheads, Clochan, by Buckie, with two-year-old home-bred filly Arradoul Ceilidh, by Redcastle Brelee Majestic and out of Arradoul Symphony. She was overall show champion of champions at Turriff last year and reserve at Banchory last month.
HIGHLAND: Sarah MacIntosh, Greystone, Blackhills, Peterhead, with seven-year-old mare Tiana May of Forglen, by Marnonwells Gleann Eagas and out of Dawn May of Forglen. She was bred by Gordon and Ann Towns and previously stood reserve champion at the Highland Pony Show in Aberdeen. Reserve – Gordon and Ann Towns, Easdale, Markethill, Turriff, with seven-year-old mare Tannah of Forglen, by Highfield Glen Affric and out of Hannah of Forglen.
SHETLAND STANDARD: Louise Wilson, Cassindilly Farm, Ceres, Fife, with seven-year-old mare Champlers Georgia, by Tweedside Spotlight and out of Kinkell Gael. Reserve – Donna Lochtie, 17 St. Serfs Road, Rillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, with 11-year-old mare Hawkdale Dizie, by Rosermus of Transy and out of Hawkdale Destiny.
SHETLAND MINIATURE: Ros Evans, Easter Ewebrae, Cuminestown, Turriff, with seven-year-old yeld mare Ramana Brandy. Reserve – N. S. Wilson, Mingulay, Alford, with 10-year-old male Mingulay Galaxy, by Whitehills Badger, and out of Mingulay Buttercup.