The Echt Show was hailed a great success by organisers after fine weather drew the crowds in to witness some of the region’s finest livestock and horses compete for coveted show rosettes.
Taking home the prestigious champion of champions title at the show was a Suffolk gimmer.
The supreme award was judged by a group of three judges – one from the sheep lines, cattle rings and equestrian classes.
Jim Ferguson of East Tilly Fergus, Alyth, who was judging on behalf of the sheep judges, said: “It was a close competition between the three but the Suffolk was the outstanding one out of the three with the least faults.”
The top title went to Gordon Troup of Shaggart, Sauchen, after winning the Suffolk breed title and overall sheep interbreed championship earlier in the day.
His home-bred gimmer is by Baileys Rock Solid and out of ewe by Cairness Liam. She stood third at the Royal Highland Show last month and placed at Echt last year.
The other two competitors vying for the top show title were the beef interbreed champion and winner of the overall horse championship title.
In the beef classes the top title went to Jimmy and Iain Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers with the 45,000gn bull Bel Dhu Capercaillie.
Bred by Billy and Anne Macpherson, of Blackford, Croy, Inverness, this one is by Hockenhull Waterloo and out of Blackford Wagtail.
He was bought by the Greens in Stirling in February 2013 and holds the UK record for the highest priced Simmental.
Standing in reserve in the beef interbreed championship was the cross cattle champion from Blair Duffton and Rebecca Stuart, of 2 Bogie Street, Huntly.
Their reserve interbreed champion was 13-month-old Limousin cross heifer Sossy Flossy.
Bred by George and David Macarthur at Mid Fleenas, Nairn, this one was bought at Thainstone in October 2014 for £2,200. She is a full sister to the overall beef champion at last year’s Echt Show. The duo’s win follows taking the supreme champion of champions title at Fettercairn the week before with 19-month-old Limousin cross heifer Lady Moo Moo.
In the sheep lines, the reserve interbreed title went to the Texel breed champion from Stuart Barclay, South Road, Insch.
His Forkins bred suckled gimmer was bought in Northern Ireland from Alistair Gault. She is by Knock To Jan.
In the equestrian classes the supreme champion horse title went to the Clydesdale champion from George and Ruth Skinner, Strathdon, Pitcaple, Inverurie.
Their six-year-old gelding Strathorn Mac was bred by Sandy Cormack in Caithness. The Skinners bought him as a two-year-old. He is by Rosehall Calypso and out of Ha Darren Lily.
The reserve supreme horse champion was a ridden pony – Neighfield Atomic – from Derek Smith at Neighfield Memsie, Fraserburgh.