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Charollais is crowned sheep champion at Turriff


By Kirsty Brown

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The Overall sheep champion - a gimmer from the Ingram's of Logie Durno.
The Overall sheep champion - a gimmer from the Ingram's of Logie Durno.

There was double the joy for Logie Durno's William and Carole Ingram when they claimed both the interbreed pair and overall sheep champion at Turriff Show on Monday.

With a number of entries across different breeds and classes, it was the Charollais who proved to be the cream of the crop on the day, with a Charollais gimmer by Dalby Tualagi which they bought for 5800gns at Worcester going on to become overall sheep champion.

The Ingram's male and female champion award was presented by Kate Rowell of QMS.
The Ingram's male and female champion award was presented by Kate Rowell of QMS.

They also enjoyed section success with Beltex entries, including reserve female champion.

The sheep were well prepared for their Turriff Show appearance, having shown earlier in the season at the Royal Highland and Royal Welsh shows.

Commenting on the success, Bruce and Amy Ingram - who were showing the sheep on the family's behalf - said: "It feels really good to take the champion title.

"It's really great to get both the champion pair and the overall champion.

"Now we're getting ready to head to the Black Isle Show on Thursday."

Male and female champions went head to head in the interbreed pairs.
Male and female champions went head to head in the interbreed pairs.

The reserve sheep champion went to W and J Brown's Cheviot from New Deer from the unaccredited any other breed class and was a North Country Cheviot three-crop ewe bred by George Milne, Kinaldy, St Andrews having been bought as a ewe lamb to join their flock at Hilton of Clush.

Champion judge Hamish Dykes had to thoroughly consider each of the breed champions before making his decision.

The Zwartbles champion was a tup lamb belonging to S J Stewart of Keith, while the breed reserve was a ewe lamb belonging to Kevin and Wendy Anderson of Inverness.

The Suffolk champion belonged to Inverurie's Finn Christie, while the reserve hailed from Aberchirder and belonged to Craig Paterson.

Young handlers line up to be judged.
Young handlers line up to be judged.

In Texels it was the ewe winner, owned by WJ Knox of Fyvie, who took the champion title while the reserve went to Robert Cockburn's sheep from Errol.

The small and horned minority breeds champion was a Shetland shearling tup owned by Ian Carnegie of Huntly, while the reserve title went to Neil Robson's Badger Faced Welsh Mountain shearling, also of Huntly.

The Ryeland champion was a gimmer owned by Eilidh Garrett of Drumoak, while reserve went to Raymond Aitken's shearling tup of Inverurie.

Both the Oxford champion and reserve belonged to Kevin Milne of Dunecht.

Age 10 and under young handler champion Erin Irvine. Picture: David Porter
Age 10 and under young handler champion Erin Irvine. Picture: David Porter

In the cross breed, Kenneth Moir of Fraserburgh took home the breed champion title with his Down cross, while W and J Brown of New Deer clinched reserve champion with their Suffolk cross.

The Bluefaced Leicester champion was owned by JK Hunter of Huntly, while the reserve went to A and D Cowie of Rothienorman.

This was only the second time that the Blue Texel breed has featured on Turriff Show's listings, and this year's champion went to Deborah Atkinson of Auchleven while reserve went to Skene's Stasa Moyse.

Overall young handler champion Kate Miskelly. Picture:David Porter
Overall young handler champion Kate Miskelly. Picture:David Porter

The Bleu De Maine champion was a ewe owned by Jonathon Stables of Durham, while the reserve was Jonathon's shearling.

The Blackface breed champion and reserve both belonged to Andrew Leek of Lonmay, while both the Beltex champion and reserve were sheep from Alan Miller of Midmar.

New Deer's W and J Brown presented the champion and reserve in the any other breed category (pure bred unaccredited) while Stuart Hunter of Culsalmond's sheep took the champion and reserve titles for any other breed (pure bred accredited).


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