A quality line-up of cattle, sheep and horses from some of the best herds, flocks and studs in the north were paraded for one last time this summer at Keith Show yesterday.
It was a particularly good day for stockmen Garry Patterson, Aultmore, Keith and Blair Duffton, Huntly, when their Charolais cow Battleford Lola took the interbreed beef championship and won the Scottish Beef Supreme Cattle Championship.
Bought at Dungannon, Northern Ireland, in November for 8,000gn, she is by Lochend Apache and was shown with her heifer calf Aultmore Oolala. She stood champion at Echt, overall beef champion at New Deer and was part of the Highland interbreed group.
Reserve beef interbreed and reserve in the Scottish Beef Supreme Cattle Championship was yearling Limousin bull, Westpit Nando, from Andrew Gammie, Drumforber, Laurencekirk. This May 2017-born son of Dinmore Immense will be sold in Carlisle in October.
In the sheep lines, a Suffolk gimmer from Craig Paterson’s 30-ewe Cranorskie flock at Cranna Bridge, Aberchirder, Huntly, bagged Craig his first ever supreme sheep title. By Limestone Legend, she was bought at the Christmas Class last year. She was champion at Turriff and New Deer.
Sammy Stewart, from Butterybrae, Drummuir, Keith, ended the season on a high when her home-bred Zwartbles ewe lamb stood reserve interbreed. Named Janetstown Flame, she is by Aquila Duplicate.
Highland Cattle – Scott and Alison Brown, East Tilbouries, Maryculter, with two-year-old heifer Carlin 4 of Culfoich, by Jacob 2 of Benmore. Reserve at Echt and New Deer. Reserve – Morag Middleton, Barna, Mid Mains of Balfour, Fettercairn, with CoirnealNam Beann of Brue, a May 2015-born bull by Siarach of Balmoral.
Aberdeen-Angus – Ballindalloch Home Farm, Ballindalloch, Banffshire, with Ballindalloch Ebony S499, a home-bred two-year-old heifer by Ballindalloch Earl N397. Brought out by David and Susan Johnstone, she was champion at Grantown. Reserve – Mark Wattie, Mains of Tonley, Alford, with Tonley Pato, a five-year-old bull by Blelack Ivor. On his first outing.
Beef Shorthorn – Glenrinnes Farms, Glenrinnes, Dufftown, with Glenrinnes Loopylou, a March 2017-born home-bred heifer by Chapelton of Glenlivet. Reserve at Nairn and Tarland. Reserve – J and S Ravenshear, Heatheryfield, Cairnie, Huntly, with five-year-old cow Greenwall Fanfare Foxglove, by Glenisla Donald.
Charolais – Garry Patterson and Blair Duffton, Upper Forgie, Aultmore, Keith, with Battleford Lola, by Lochend Apache. Part of the winning group at the Highland, champion at Echt, and interbreed at New Deer. Shown with heifer calf Aultmore Oalala. Reserve – The Milne family, Kennieshillock, Lhanbryde, with Elgin Neuer, a March 2017-born home-bred bull by Woodpark Elgin. He also won the junior interbreed later in the day and stood reserve continental in the Beef Breeder at the Highland.
Limousin – Andrew Gammie, Drumforber, Laurencekirk, with Westpit Nando, a home-bred 15-month-old bull by Dinmore Immense. On first outing and destined for Carlisle in October. Reserve – Irvine family, Braehead, Drummuir, Keith, with Anside Monica, a home-bred November 2016-born bull by Foxhillfarm Impecabull.
Simmental – Laura Green, Corksie, Garmouth, with Corskie Iceman, a home-bred 19-month-old bull by Dirnanean Bradley. Reserve – G and K Anderson, Myreside Farm Cottage, Elgin, with Woodhall Eva, a five-year-old bull by Steinadler, out of Woodhall Banter.
British Blue – Sarah Balfour, Fodderletter Farms, Tomintoul, with Black n Blue Lady Lloyd, a May 2016-born heifer bought at Carlisle. She was champion at Nairn and Tarland and reserve at Echt and Grantown. Reserve – Garry Patterson, Upper Forgie, Aultmore, Keith, with Woodend Logan, a December 2016-born son of Attribut.
Any other pure – Michael Durno, Auchorachan, Glenlivet, with Cleuchhead Munro, a 16-month-old Salers bull, by Cuil Godfather. Champion at Turriff, Grantown and Tarland. Reserve – Willie Hendry, Ordhill Farm, Longmorn, Elgin, with five-year-old Gascone cow Borralan Isla.
Cross cattle haltered – Blair Duffton and Rebecca Stuart of Huntly and Insch, with the multiple champion winner Shaniqua, a 20-month-old Limousin cross heifer. She was champion of champions at Banchory, interbreed champion at Fettercairn and reserve interbreed at Echt and New Deer. Reserve – Blair Duffton and Rebecca Stuart, with Oreo, a 14-month-old stot by British Blue sire, Empire D’Ochain, out of a pure-bred Limousin cow. Bought at Dugannon for £1,800, he was commercial male champion at Turriff and Banchory and one of the champion beef pair at Turriff.
Cross cattle unhaltered – Angus Greenlaw, Sheep Park Farm, Aberchirder, Huntly, with a 10-year-old Limousin cross cow named The Duchess. Bred at Wester Cairnglass, she is by Middledale Toronto. Reserve – Angus Greenlaw, with a four-year-old Limousin cross cow bred at Loanhead, Logie Coldstone.
Carcase classes – Gregor Durno, Cuttlebrae Farm, Clochan, Buckie, with a heifer. Reserve – Steven Smith, The Byre, Sunnyhill Croft, Turriff, with a 24-month-old Limousin cross heifer.
Blackface – Glenrinnes Farms, Dufftown, with a two-shear tup bought for £3,200 at Stirling. He was bred at Kirklands and is by a £10,000 Allanfauld. Reserve – Glenrinnes Farms with a shearling tup bought at Lanark for £1,110. Champion at Nairn, he was bred by at Hartside and is by a Welphill tup.
Bluefaced Leicester – Matthew and Carolyn Milne, Kennieshillock, Lhanbryde, with Speymouth H7, a home-bred two-crop ewe by G6 Firth. Reserve – Matthew and Carolyn Milne, with a home-bred gimmer Speymouth K1, by Kirkby Redgate Jackpot.
Suffolk – Craig Paterson, Cranna Bridge, Huntly, with a gimmer purchased at the Christmas Classic last year, where it stood champion. She is by Limestone Legend and stood champion at Turriff and New Deer. Reserve – Craig Paterson, with a home-bred one-crop ewe by Muirton One Direction, out of a Strathisla Spielberg ewe.
Texel – Graham Morrison, Inschbruich Farm, Cornhill, with a two-crop ewe bought as gimmer. Out of a Razzle Dazzle ewe, she was champion and reserve overall sheep at Grantown. Her dam was bred by Graham and sold for 8,000gn in 2015. Reserve – Jemma Green, Corskie, Garmouth, with a home-bred gimmer by Glenside Wild Boy, out of a Goldies ewe. She was interbreed champion at Banchory.
Charollais – Erin and Eilidh Duncan, Barnyards, Peterhead, with a home-bred gimmer by Logie Durno Outlander, out of a home-bred ewe. Reserve – Eilidh and Erin Duncan, with a home-bred tup lamb by Logie Durno Sargant, out of a home-bred ewe by Riverdale Noble.
Beltex – Ross and Kirsty Williams, Upper Tullochbeg, Huntly, with Langlands Bruiser, a two-shear tup bought at Carlisle, last year, in partnership with Bruce Mair, Jimmy Young, Raymond Flaws and Charles Copland. He is by Smart Arse Alfie, out of a home-bred Langlands ewe and stood male champion at the Highland. Reserve – Ross and Kirsty Williams, with a home-bred tup lamb by the champion, out of a home-bred ewe by Todhalls Superstar. He was first in his class at New Deer and the Black Isle.
Jacob – Adam Christie, Midtown of Glass, Huntly, with Hope Knockout, a two-shear tup by Hyndshaw Highland Laddie, out of a Hope ewe. This was his third championship of the year. Reserve – Adam Christie, with a home-bred gimmer named Adamski Lottie. A multiple champion winner, she is by Dunmore Antonio, out of Pentra Candy.
Zwartbles – Sammy Stewart, Butterybrae, Drummuir, Keith, with a home-bred ewe lamb named Janetstown Flame. Sired by Aquila Duplicate, she is out of a Weatheral ewe bred by Kirsty Williams and bought at her dispersal. Flame was first in her class at Grantown. Reserve – Sammy Stewart, with a home-bred shearling tup by Aquila Duplicate, out of Janetstown Westend Rocker. She was male champion at the Scottish National at New Deer and first at Grantown.
Any other breed MV acc – Rachel Cruden, 2 Standingstones Cottages, Dyce, Aberdeenshire, with Dunelm Newbie, a two-crop Bleu Du Maine ewe bought at Carlisle in 2016. Champion here last year, she is by Cyscod Lookatme, and out of Churchill Erina. Reserve – Thomas Jackson, Boghead, Lumsden, with a home-bred five-shear Vendeen tup named Benshill Marshall.
Any other breed non MV acc – Raymond Aitken, Beech Cottage, Newton of Fetternear, Inverurie, with a home-bred three-shear Ryeland tup Fetternear Viking, by Fetternear Tickity Boo. Reserve -Raymond Aitken, with a bought-in four-crop ewe from Mrs Quigley.
Rare and minority breeds (Primitive and Northern Shortail) – Lois Thompson and John Graham, Shetland, Upper Third Croft, Rothienorman, with a two-crop Shetland ewe named Elf or Derwent. She was placed in her class at Turriff. Reserve – Lois Thompson and John Graham, with a home-bred Shetland ewe lamb by Rosebank Ragnor, out of the champion ewe. She was first at New Deer, second at Banchory and third at Turriff.
Rare and minority breeds (Rare, hill and upland) – Ellen Riddoch, Seggiecrook, Grange, Keith, with a home-bred Kerry Hill ewe lamb bought at Carlisle. Reserve – Neil and Zoe Robson, Loanhead Croft, Cairnie, Huntly, with Loanhead Yara, a home-bred Black Welsh Mountain gimmer by a Welsh-bred tup, out of Loanhead Pinky. She was reserve champion at Turriff and champion at New Deer.
Half breeds and crosses – Gavin Breathet, Woodside Croft, Ardersier, with a two-crop Texel cross Suffolk ewe and her two Texel cross Suffolk lambs by a Wester Moy Texel tup. The group stood supreme sheep at Sutherland and reserve at the Black Isle. Reserve – Gavin Breathet, with Texel cross Suffolk breeding ewe lambs by a Wester Moy Texel tup. This was their first outing as a group of three.
Carcase – Bill Cameron, Burnside of Edingight, Grange, Keith, with three Texel cross lambs. Reserve – Steven Smith, The Byre, Sunnyhill Croft, Turriff, with three Beltex cross Texel lambs.
Clydesdale – Jim Gibb, Shoemakers Croft, Mintlaw, with the six-year-old gelding Collessie Full Monty. Bred by Ronnie Black, he was bought by Mr Gibb as a six-month-old colt and is by Collessie Stepping Stone, out of Sandhill Ellie May. He was champion at Echt, New Deer, Turriff and Tarland. Reserve – Ian Young, Arradoul, Buckie, with Arradoul Capella, a May 2017-born filly by Arradoul Balvenie, out of Arradoul Symphony. She was reserve at Echt and Turriff.
Highland ponies – Sarah MacIntosh, Greystone, Blackhills, Peterhead, with the three-year-old filly Louise of Strathmore by Pipe Major of Whitefield, out of Roisie of Strathmore. She won her class at Turriff in 2017 and was champion at the Neshpes Show. Reserve – John Reid, Rothienorman, with the one-year-old colt Ben Macdui of Strhavon. On his third outing, he is by Dunedin Marksman, out of Esha Ness of Strathavon and was first at Turriff and second at Tarland.
Ridden Highland – Sarah MacIntosh, with Lochewe Magnus, a 10-year-old son of Mac Talla of Ben Aslig, out of Bidwell Tristar May.
Shetland ponies standard – Marie Whyte and Michelle Hector, Little Woodend, Drummuir, Keith, with Struie Poppy, a nine-year-old mare by Highfield Delius, out of Struie Pollyanna. Reserve – Christine Forbes, 1 Dullanbank, Dufftown, with the seven-year-old mare Lynemore Finesse by Abbotsbury Urquhart, out of Kinkell Gina. She was supreme champion at the Welsh Group Show and the Spring Show at Thainstone.
Shetland ponies miniature – Steph Mitchell, Conon Bridge, with Tillyorn Violet, a seven-year-old mare by Swells Barron, out of South Keithnay Heather. She was champion here last year and was champion at the Black Isle and reserve at Sutherland, this year. Reserve – NS Wilson, Mingulay, Alford, with Mingulay Galaxy, an 11-year-old stallion by Whitehills Badger and out of Mingulay Buttercup. She won several championships last year.
Coloured Shetlands – Christine Forbes, with Schivas Rachael, a 13-year-old female by Dasher of Bunrside, out of Rejoice of Annwood. Reserve – K and A Thornley, Mosstodloch, Fochabers, with the three-year-old Hjatland Thoreena by Hjaltland Thor, out of Hjaltland Virna.