A Simmental cow from Reece Simmers of Backmuir, Keith, took the supreme champion of champions accolade at a sunny Turriff Show yesterday.
The pick of Perth-based judge Hazel England was a two-year-old heifer named Sterling FCUK Impuls.
She was bought at the Stirling Bull Sales in February and runs in the Simmers’ 40-cow pedigree Simmental herd.
By Sterling Gino 15 and bred out of Sterling Candy’s FCUK, she was on her third outing having stood reserve champion at the Royal Highland Show and reserve overall champion at the Simmental breed’s national show at Border Union Show, Kelso.
Taking reserve honours in the beef section judged by Simmental breeder Gerald Smith of Drumsleed, Fordoun, was the commercial champion from Blair Duffton and Rebecca Stuart of Huntly and Insch.
This was the award-winning 14-month-old Limousin cross heifer I’ll Be There, which has scooped several supreme wins for the duo this year.
Bred by Stuart Raeburn, she is by the AI sire Lornezo and was bought from the Robertsons at Fodderletter for £4,600, when she stood champion at the Royal Northern Spring Show.
Also competing for the top title was the interbreed sheep champion.
This was a home-bred one-crop Texel ewe from Robert Cockburn and Dianne Wood’s 40-ewe Knap flock at Errol, Perth.
Tapped out by interbreed sheep judge Ian Campbell of Glenrath, Peebles, who said she had that “wee bit extra character and was a well-handled sheep’’, was a ewe by the 60,000gn Clintery Yuga Khan, out of an Ettrick Van Gogh ewe.
On just her second outing of the year having stood first in her class at Lesmahagow, she previously scooped the breed championship at Stirling Show as a gimmer.
Reserve champion in the sheep lines was a Blackface ewe on its debut outing from Neil and Stuart Barclay’s Harestone flock.
Brought out by Robert Marshall was a one-crop ewe sired by a Connochan son of a £5,200 Nunnerie, out of a Connochan-bred ewe.
Mr Campbell awarded the red, white and blue sash in the sheep pairs competition to some of the furthest travelled sheep, a Rouge duo from Percy Tait’s Knighton flock at Broughton Manor, Worcester.
Brought out by shepherd Will Price was a home-bred tup named Knighton Umberto which stood champion in the any other breed section, and the reserve, a home-bred two crop ewe named Knighton Sugar Tits, which stood champion at the Highland.
Back among the cattle, Anne MacPherson of Blackford, Croy, had the task of judging the groups, pairs and young bull interbreed championship.
Supreme in the groups were commercials from Blair Duffton and Rebecca Stuart, ahead of Limousins from the Robertson family of Fodderletter Farms, Tomintoul.
A Simmental duo from Reece Simmers and Michael Durno, Auchorachan, Glenlivet, lifted the pairs championship, while a Beef Shorthorn pairing from the Mair family at Kinnermit, Turriff, and the Green family at Corskie, Garmouth, stood reserve.
Mark Wattie, Mains of Tonley, Alford, won the young bull championship with the 16-month-old Tonley Excel, by Nightingale Perry.
The reserve young bull prize went to Limousin Corsairtly Oswald, by Ronick Inspector, from the Davidson family, Corsairtly, Keith.
In the horse lines, the supreme Clydesdale champion was the two-year-old filly Arradoul Olivia May from Ian Young, Wellheads, Clochan, Buckie. She is by Doura Woodhouse Real Deal, out of Arradoul Ellie May and has stood champion at Banchory two years on the trot.
Other horse prizes included the overall in-hand championships to Tylo Indian Summer from Claire Chisman, Smiddy Croft, Turriff, and overall ridden champion to Popalbee Minnie Mouse, from L Kennedy, Blarmhor House, Halkirk.
Beef Shorthorn – The Green family, Corskie, Garmouth, with 17-month-old heifer Coldrochie Broadhooks M8, by Fearn Godfather, out of Coldrochie Broadhooks G1. Securing the family’s first ever Beef Shorthorn championship, she also stood first in her class at the Highland. Reserve – Stuart G Mair and Sons, with 23-month-old bull Muiresk Lord Mair, by Alvie Galaxy, out of Alvie Lovely Jemima. Champion at New Deer and male champion at Stars of the Future calf show.
Aberdeen-Angus – Graeme and Fiona Willox, Meikle Pitinnan, Oldmeldrum, with three-year-old cow Cardenwell Blossom, by Burnside Jamie Eric, out of Cardenwell Bracken. Shown with her February-born bull calf, she stood champion at Tarland and yearling champion at the Bonanza. Reserve – The Rhind family, Newton of Struthers, Kinloss, with September, 2013-born Oakchurch Equity N141, which stood inter-breed beef champion at Nairn and champion at the Black Isle. He is by Netherallan Peter Pershore, out of Blelack Eyrie G197, and has his first crops of calves on the ground now.
Charolais – Eric and Ellis Mutch, Burnside of Whitefield, Forglen, with 14-month-old Forglen Orchid, by Forglen Hurricane, out of Westcarse Imogen.Reserve – Billy and Gary Wright, Lagavaich, Glenlivet, with March, 2018-born bull Lagavaich Oscar, by Davally Illusion, out of Lagavaich Isla. Reserve champion at the Black Isle Show last week.
Simmental – Reece Simmers, Backmuir, Keith, with February, 2017-born heifer Sterling FCUK Impuls, by Sterling Gino 15, out of Sterling Candy’s FCUK. She was bought at Stirling in February and stood reserve overall champion at the breed’s national show at Border Union and was reserve champion at the Highland. In-calf to Islavale Gambler. Reserve – The Green family, Corskie, Garmouth, with two-year-old heifer Corskie Illusion, by Auchorachan Farmer, out of Corskie Champagne. Reserve junior female at the Highland and first at Black Isle.
Limousin – Richard and Kathleen Davidson, Corsairtly, Keith, with Corsairtly Oswald, a January, 2018-born bull by Ronick Inspector, out of Corsairtly Janelle. He lifted the reserve beef honours at Echt and Nairn, and stood breed champion at New Deer and Black Isle. Reserve – Stephen Irvine and Sons, Braehead, Drummuir, Keith, with 14-month-old bull Anside Orton, by Goldies Fortress, out of the Irish Powerful daughter, Anside Mystique.
British Blonde – Alison Watt, Birkenburn, Keith, with December, 2016-born heifer Strathisla Maxine, by Strathisla Hero, out of Strathisla Esther. Champion at Echt, New Deer and Banchory. Reserve – Alison Watt with Strathisla Joy, a five-year-old cow by Bridge Elmo, out of Strathisla Gloria.
Highland – Grace Noble, Banchory, with two-year-old heifer Dubh of Tilbouries, by Brogach 8 of Leys, out of Hazel 12 of Knockendon. Champion at Banchory and reserve at Echt. Reserve – Jenne Singer, Auchenblae, with January, 2018-born bull Brogan Ruadh of Kintore Castle, by Sean of Killochries, out of Solas Fiona 23 of Benmore. Destined for Oban in October, he has been unbeaten in his class since the Highland.
British Blue – Sarah Balfour, Fodderletter Farms, Tomintoul, with four-year-old cow named Newroddige Jemima. Bought as a heifer at Carlisle, she is by Mountjoy Utopia, out of Tamborn Foxtail Lily and is in-calf to Pendle Lion Heart. Champion at Nairn and a number of north-east shows as a two-year-old heifer. Reserve – Gavin and Jenna Greenlaw, Balgairn Farms, Aboyne, with April, 2018-born bull Greenlaw Nightmare, by Solway View Dynamite, out of Greenlaw Kiara.
Any other breed – Andrew Mylius and Partners, St Fort, Fife, with April, 2018-born Lincoln Red bull, by Walmer Troy. Reserve – David Watson, Darnford, Banchory, with May, 2017-born Salers heifer Darnford Mellony.
Cross-bred cattle – Blair Duffton and Rebecca Stuart of Huntly and Insch, with 14-month-old Limousin cross heifer named I’ll Be There. By the AI sire Lorenzo, she was bred by Stuart Raeburn and bought at the Spring Show from the Robertsons at Fodderletter. Breed champion at a number of shows including champion of champions at Echt; reserve champion of champions at Banchory and reserve inter-breed at the Black Isle. Reserve – Barry Patterson, Cairndale Croft, Sauchen, with a Feburary-born heifer calf named Tracy Jacks. She was bought with her dam from Craig Malone, Pitcairn, at Caledonian Marts, Stirling, and stood reserve champion at Fettercairn, Echt and Black Isle.
Holstein – G and A Taylor, Upper Braikley, Methlick, Ellon, with four-year-old cow Oldmill Hazel 3, by Palmyra Tri-star Burdette, out of Oldmill Hazel 25. Reserve – G and A Taylor, with Braiklay Goldmine Brogie, a four-year-old dry cow by Hydaways Goldmine, out of Outside Brogie.
Dairy calf – G and A Taylor, with September, 2018-born heifer calf Oldmill Mayflower 3, by Hilltown Oblique, out of WM Mayflower 220. Reserve – G and A Taylor, with January-born calf Braikley Cruise Royalet.
Bleu Du Maine national show – Rachel and Calum Cruden, 2 Standingstones Cottages, Dyce, with one-crop Bleu Du Maine ewe named Dunelm Pippa, which stood champion at the Highland and the Black Isle. She was bought at Carlisle and is by Rumwell Juno, out of Dunelm Move It. Reserve – Percy Tait, Broughton Manor, Worcester, with a one-crop home-bred ewe by Randalstown Nugget, out of a home-bred ewe. First outing.
Millenium Bleu – Bruce Mair, Muirfield, Everton of Auchry, Cuminestown, Turriff, with home-bred two-shear tup Aviemore Party, by an 1100gns Perdie tup, out of a home-bred ewe. First outing. Reserve – Laine Daff, Greenside Cottage, Uplawmoor, with three-crop home-bred ewe Greenside Nita, by a Calla tup, out of Calla Jora. First outing of the year, having stood any other breed champion at the Yorkshire three years ago.
Suffolk – Craig G Paterson, Cranna Bridge, Aberchirder, with home-bred two-crop ewe by Muirton One Direction, out of a home-bred ewe by Strathisla Spielberg. Reserve – Graeme Christie, Newton of Balquhain, Inverurie, with a home-bred ewe lamb by Lakeview Under the Radar, out of a home-bred Deveronside Doodle Bug ewe. Fourth at the Highland; reserve champion at Echt and New Deer and first at Fettercairn and Banchory.
Bluefaced Leicester traditional – Matthew Seed and Son, Home Farm Auchry, Turriff, with a home-bred two-crop ewe by Myfyrian H1, out of a home-bred ewe by Cassington D1. Securing her fourth championship at Turriff, she stood champion at Black Isle and New Deer this year. Reserve – Raymond Baynes, Blackford, Croy, with home-bred tup lamb by a Newhouse tup bought at Perth, out of a home-bred ewe.
Bluefaced Leicester crossing type – Chris Millican, Newton of Hassiewells, Rothienorman, with a home-bred gimmer by J4 Nisbets, out of a Langstroth ewe purchased at Hawes. First at New Deer. Reserve – Chris Millican, with a home-bred tup lamb by K6 Lowfield Farm, out of a dam by H1 Breckhouse. Reserve champion at New Deer.
Texel – Robert Cockburn and Dianne Wood, Hill of Errol, Perth, with a home-bred one-crop ewe which stood supreme sheep champion. By Clintery Yuga Khan, out of an Ettrick Van Gogh ewe. She stood champion at Stirling as a gimmer and first at Lesmahagow. Reserve – Robbie Wilson, North Dorlaithers, Turriff, with a gimmer by Greenstar Alfie, out of a ewe by Glenside Wild Boy. Second at the Highland and reserve champion at New Deer.
Charollais – Willie and Carole Ingram, Logie Durno, Pitcaple, with a one-crop ewe by Rhaeadr Orlando, which stood champion at the Welsh and reserve at the Black Isle. Reserve– Willie and Carole Ingram, with a Kirkhouse bred shearling tup bought at Worcester and which stood first at the Highland.
Beltex – Stuart Wood, Woolhillock, Skene, with home-bred gimmer Woodies Devine, by Broxty Supreme, out of Artnagullion Butterfly. Destined for Carlisle. Reserve – Stuart Wood, with a shearling tup bought as a lamb from Aled Groucott’s Swffryd flock at Welshpool. He was on his first outing.
Zwartbles – David Miskelly, Corrybrae, Kildrummy, Alford, with home-bred gimmer Greystone Fanfair, by Greystone Disco, out of a home-bred ewe. Champion at Banchory and female champion at Echt. Reserve – Faye Wilkie, Whitestone, Westhill, with shearling tup Didcot Fjord, bought at Carlisle last year from Heather Hourston. By East Middle Ben Nevis, he was reserve at New Deer.
Blue Texel – Stuart and Wendy Hunter, West Cairnhill, Insch, with a home-bred one-crop ewe named Hunters Bramble, which stood inter-breed sheep champion at Echt. She is by Dulas Axe, out of Millside Import and champion at Fettercairn. Reserve – Stasa Moyse, Woolhillock, Skene, with a home-bred gimmer by Xana Black Majic, out of Saltire A Beauty.
Any other breed of sheep (MV accredited) – Percy Tait, Broughton Manor, Worcester, with home-bred Rouge tup Knighton Umberto, by Tillyvallen Schumacher, out of a home-bred ewe. Unbeaten in his class as a shearling, he is destined for sale at Carlisle next week. Reserve – Percy Tait, with a home-bred two-crop ewe named Knighton Sugar Tits, which stood champion at the Highland. She is by a home-bred tup, out of a home-bred ewe.
Any other breed of sheep (non-accredited) – Andrew Polson, Smerlie, Lybster, Caithness, with a two-crop North Country Cheviot ewe bred at Carruthers and bought as a gimmer. She was on her first outing and shown with her lamb which stood first in its class at the Highland. Reserve – Willie and John Brown, Hilton of Culsh, New Deer, with a park-type North Country Cheviot bred by George Milne, Kinaldy. Champion at New Deer.
Blackface – Neil and Stuart Barclay, Harestone, with a one-crop ewe which went on to stand reserve inter-breed sheep champion. She is by a Connochan son of a £5,200 Nunnerie, out of a Connochan-bred ewe. On debut outing. Reserve – Neil and Stuart Barclay, with a one-crop ewe by an £85,000 Elsmcleugh, which was bought privately from Auldhouseburn.
Ryeland – Raymond and Beth Aitken, Beech Cottage, Newton of Fetternear, Inverurie, with home-bred shearling tup Fetternear Yoshie, by Fetternear Viking, out of a home-bred ewe. Second in its class at New Deer. Reserve – E and J Henderson, Kinross, with a shearling tup.
Small and horned minority breed – Lois Thompson and John W Graham, Upperthird Croft, Rothienorman, with a Shetland home-bred gimmer named Sheiling Athena, by Rosebank Ragnor, out of Elth of Derwent. Reserve champion at New Deer. Reserve – Neil and Zoe Robson, Loanhead Croft, Cairnie, Huntly, with a home-bred one-crop Black Welsh Mountain ewe named Loanhead Yara. She is by a Welsh tup, out of a home-bred ewe and stood champion at New Deer and reserve here last year.
Pens of cross sheep – Willie and John Brown, Hilton of Culsh, with a home-bred Texel cross ewe by a home-bred tup and two Beltex cross lambs by a Tiree tup. They went on to stand overall champion in the cross sheep. Reserve – Ronnie Wilkie, Tillyboy, Echt, with a pen of three Suffolk cross Half-bred gimmers.
Cross sheep singles – G and M Michie, Turriff, with a Texel cross ewe which stood reserve overall cross sheep. Reserve – Moir Livestock, Fraserburgh, with a four-crop home-bred Suffolk cross ewe, by a Cairness tup. She was on her first outing with David.
Sheep young handlers – Aged 10 years and under – 1, Wilson Stott; 2, Katie Milne; 3, Jessica Williams. Aged 10 to 14 – 1 and overall, Finlay Hunter; 2, Daniel Riach; 3, Alfie Smith. Aged 14 to 16 – 1, Finn Christie; 2, Hannah Lorimer; 3, Cameron Hunter.
Clydesdales – Ian Young, Wellheads, Clochan, Buckie, with two-year-old filly Arradoul Olivia May, by Doura Woodhouse Real Deal, out of Arradoul Ellie May. Champion at Banchory two years on the trot. Reserve – William G Robertson, Turriff, with 10-year-old mare Blackrocks Hollywood, by Collessie Sir Alex, out of Braehead Fearn.