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Best of the cattle breeds showcased at Turriff


By Kyle Ritchie

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Cattle owners from across the whole of the north-east headed to Turriff on Monday as the breed and interbreed titles welcomed competitors to the annual showcase of quality livestock.

Top honours went to Mark Wattie from Alford who took the overall cattle championship with this home-bred heifer Tonley Lady Heather which had been reserve overall at the Highland in June and also national show champion at Norfolk, champion at the Great Yorkshire and Echt Show champion of champions.

A Charolais cow Harestone Mamma Mia from Stuart and Neil Barclay, Harestone, Insch which took the reserve champion at Banchory on Saturday to their own Harestone Paradise, a two-year-old heifer took the interbreed reserve title.

In the breed categories the Simmental championship title at Turriff Show went to heifer Auchorachan Letta.

Owner Michael Durno from Glenlivet said: "She was born in 2016 and she hasn't been shown since the Royal Highland Show three years ago, when she was first as a calved heifer.

"This is our first show this year and it is unfortunate the Simmental National Show is at the Black Isle on Thursday as I am judging the interbreed there so I can't show.

"For the remaining shows this year we are going to do Grantown and Keith.

"We are happy with the result, it is just a shame there were not more entries. What was here was very good."

They also won the reserve title with bull Auchorachan Malt.

Champion Shorthorn ...Picture: Judy Mair
Champion Shorthorn ...Picture: Judy Mair

Shorthorn breed champion was a cow from Ross and Kirsty Williams from Tarlans with five year-old Dunsyre Iona.

Kirsty Williams said: "She was champion Shorthorn at Echt and she was champion at New Deer and reserve interbreed championship.

"So she has had a really good year.

"She was reserve champion at Banchory as well.

"It is a real team effort.

"She was turned out by my Dad, Vic Watson, and my daughter Jess shows her calf."

The Limousin breed winner Breconside Prickles with calf. Picture: Kyle Ritchie
The Limousin breed winner Breconside Prickles with calf. Picture: Kyle Ritchie

The Limousin Breed winner was heifer Breconside Prickles.

Owner Lynwen Emslie of Mintlaw said: "She's a first calved heifer and was shown with calf at foot.

"She was three in May and this is the second show she has done this year.

"She was at the national show at Carlisle on Saturday and was third there."

The reserve champion was bull Wedderburn Stormzy owned by J K Hunter of Huntly.

The Cross Bred Beef Cattle winner with owner Mark Robertson. Picture: Kyle Ritchie
The Cross Bred Beef Cattle winner with owner Mark Robertson. Picture: Kyle Ritchie

The overall Cross Bred Beef Cattle section champion was a heifer owned by Michael Robertson from Tomintoul. It also won the young farmers championship.

His son Mark, who showed it, said: "We bought her with the intention of taking her out to the summer shows.

"We are also hoping to do the winter circuit with her and then keep her for a cow.

"She was first at Echt, cross bred champion at Nairn and now the winner at Turriff.

"Coming up we've got Black Isle, Keith and Grantown.

"We are delighted with the win and we are just over the moon with the result."

The reserve winner was a heifer calf owned by Blair Dufton from Huntly.

British Blonde winner Strathisla Maxine with calf. Picture: Kyle Ritchie
British Blonde winner Strathisla Maxine with calf. Picture: Kyle Ritchie

The British Blonde Breed championship went to cow Strathisla Maxine.

Owner Alison Watt of Keith said: "She's a six-year-old cow with a five-week-old calf at foot.

"She has had a successful show career to date and was champion at Turriff in 2019.

"We also won the reserve champion with Strathisla Joy and she has also had success. She is a previous winner at Turriff as well and is a nine-year-old in calf cow.

"This year they have been at Echt, New Deer and Banchory. They also won breed and reserve titles at these shows, they have been switching between the two.

"They have a had a great show season so far and we have Grantown left to go.

"We have been showing Shorthorns also and we have done well with them this summer.

"It is good to be back out at the shows because we have really missed them over the past two years and meeting up with everybody."

Highland cattle Overall Champion went to a cow from Donald and Malcolm MacNaughton, Bryor Rose of Rannoch, a multi-award winner having previously taken the Stars of future champion and having been champion at Cowdenbeath Show, Angus Show, West Fife Show and the East Fife Show.

This was her third time winning the National Highland Championship event.

British Blue Breed Champion went to James Youngson of Echt with Sunnybank Paloma Faith a two year old heifer.

Mr Youngson said: "She was first in her class at Banchory on Saturday.

"We always hope for the best and it is the first time we have been champion at Turra show."

Young handler champion Ellie Milne. Picture: Kyle Ritchie
Young handler champion Ellie Milne. Picture: Kyle Ritchie

Other results in the cattle section included young handler wins for Tara Adams from Aberdeen, Ellie Milne of Banff, Lily Smith from Turriff and a reserve championship for Olly Patterson from Keith.

The Junior Bulls title was won by Limousin Wedderburn Stormzy owned by J K Hunter of Huntly. The reserve championship went to Simmental Auchorachan Malt owned by Michael Durno.

The triples title went to the Charolais owned by R and N Barclay from Insch.

In the interbreed championship the much sought after interbreed champion title was a close call between the Angus and Charolais champions.

The overall reserve champion in the cattle section Harestone Mamma Mia. Picture: Kyle Ritchie
The overall reserve champion in the cattle section Harestone Mamma Mia. Picture: Kyle Ritchie

In the Aberdeen Angus it was the cow from Mark Wattie, Tonley Lady Heather a three year-old which took the top honours and would go on to take the interbeed champion title and later in the day be crowned champion of champions.

They also too the reserve Angus title with their one year-old bull Tonley King Paco.

Commenting Mark said: "We are absolutely delighted to pick breed champion up again here and to follow it on with reserve as well, so we have a clean sweep.

"We have never done that at Turriff before so it is a good day.

"She has already has a great little career, this is her fourth win on the trot and she hasn't been beaten in four shows.

"Her calf, also Tonley Lady Heather, has also been first at every show she has been at so they are a real unit together.

The Aberdeen Angus champion.
The Aberdeen Angus champion.

The Charolais breed championship proved a double for Neil and Stuart Barclay from Insch who took the champion with six year old cow Harestone Mamma Mia and the reserve with three year-old heifer Harestone Paradise.

Commenting Neil dais: "Harestone Paradise won overall champion, inter-breed champion and champion charolais at Banchory Show on Saturday, while Harestone Mamma Mia won reserve champion so we have had a really good weekend, basically."

On winning the interbreed reserve title he added: "I am highly delighted, aye.

"We wanted to win it though, but there is no point in dwelling on it.

"When you spend your life raising cattle of this standard, of this quality, it feels like a loss to win anything but Supreme Champion.

"I did know it would be between me and Mark Wattie though, but this outcome is just how things go."


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