One animal dwarfed all competition in Perth Show’s livestock rings on the South Inch, and went on to win the day’s supreme champion of champions honour.
The Charolais stock bull from Major David Walter at Balthayock dominated the day’s final line-up which included the Texel sheep interbreed champion, a British Toggenberg goat and an 11-year-old donkey, Gamlingay Love In A Mist, which has won the Royal Highland Show five times.
Judge Joyce Campbell from Sutherland admitted she found it hard to see past the exceptional power and scale of four-year-old Balthayock Loyalist.
The event is the Herefords’ Scottish National Show, and it was a Hereford which took reserve place in the cattle interbreed championship for Balfron breeders, G & S Harvey. Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose was described as a “star of the future” by judge Alasdair Houston.
Texels reigned in the sheep lines, winning the interbreed honours in the individual and the pairs competitions, judged by Angus Kennedy, Broughton, Biggar. Mr Kennedy found his supreme overall in a home-bred gimmer from David McKerrow and sons David and James’ Nochnary flock from Freuchie, Fife.