North-east farmers to the fore at the Black Isle show
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The Black Isle show made a welcome return and this year hosted three of the national breed competitions.
The Simmental, Hereford and North Country Cheviot competitions drew in several far travelled competitors to the event from as far as northern-England and the Isles.
Several north-east competitors claimed breed and interbreed titles including the champion of champions title which went to the beef interbreed winner, Islavale Lullaby, from Reece Simmers of Backmuir Farm at Keith.
A previous winner this year at the Royal Highland Show where she took the Simmental breed championship, she will be taking part locally at the upcoming Keith show.
The reserve overall champion was the sheep interbreed winner, a Charollais ram lamb from the Ingram family at Logie Durno, Pitcaple which follows on from the Ingram's success at Turriff Show where they took the overall champion sheep title with a Charollais gimmer.
The overall horse winner was a Clydesdale mare, Galcantray Georgina from David and Beverley Walker, Galcantray, Cawdor, while the reserve interbreed horse was the Highland champion, Drumbrodie Avalina from W Grigor, Muirside Steading, Brodie.
The reserve interbreed beef winner was the Aberdeen-Angus champion, Tonley Lady Heather from Mark Wattie, Mains of Tonley, Alford whose impressive track record at shows this season includes champion of champions at Turriff and Echt and the breed champion at the nationals in Norfolk.
Aberdeen-Angus - Mark Wattie, Mains of Tonley, Alford with a three-year-old heifer, Tonley Lady Heather by Blelack Evermore.
Beef Shorthorn - S and M Mackenzie, Auchmore, Muir of Ord with a bull calf, Auchmore Spyro by Chapelton Dauphin and out of Dainsmore Your Highness
Charolais - AA Wright, Lagavaich, Glenlivet with a 16-month-old bull, Lagavaich Spence by Westley Equinox and out of Lagavaich Orla.
Simmental - Reece Simmers, Backmuir Farm, Keith with a heifer, Islavale Lullaby by Shacon Hannibal and out of Islavale Inspire.
Hereford - Calum Smith and Anna Wilson with a two-year-old heifer, Studdolph 1 Barbie by Lowersmoor 1 Nasser and out of Studdolph Barbie.
Limousin - Blair Duffton, 2 Bogie Street, Huntly with a heifer, Craigatoke Rue by Norman Ely and out of Craigatoke Nan.
Commercial - Blair Duffton, Huntly with a 21-month-old Limousin cross Limousin heifer, Black Magic, shared with Small & Wilkinson, by Ronick Hawk.
Highland - Tordarroch Fold, Farr with a two-year-old heifer, Alice 22th of Tordarroch by Macrae of Maol and out of Alice 20th of Tardarroch.
Rare breeds - June MacKenzie, Braes of Castle Grant with Blackcraig Hilda.
Crofters’ cattle - John Smith, The Rowans, Brora with an 11-month-old Limousin cross British Blue steer, Willie Boy.
Shetland (standard) - Irene Spence and Kayleigh Nicol, Alford with a gelding, Warrackston Tamara by Scamells Criterium.
Shetland (miniature) - Phlair Stud with a mare, Tillyorn Violet by Swells Barron.
Clydesdale - David and Beverley Walker, Galcantray Farm, Cawdor with a four-year-old mare, Galcantray Georgina by Doura Woodhouse Real Deal and out of Stoneyknoll Precious Isabella. Highland - W Grigor, Brodie with a yearling filly, Drumbrodie Avalina by Balmoral Major.
Jacob - Barbara Webster, Newburgh with a home-bred gimmer by Saltire Blue Baddy.
Any other sheep breed - Deborah Atkinson, Duncanston, Insch with a Blue Texel ewe, Tap’o’Noth Elegance by CJ Casanova.
Crofters’ sheep - Ally Williamson, Eallagro, Bragar, Isle of Lewis with Beyonce, a Blackface gimmer by a 10,000gns Nunnerie.
Texel - Texel ewe ewe lamb lamb by by Fordafourie Fordafourie Express. Express.
Charollais - W and C Ingram, Ingram, Logie Durno, Pitcaple with a ram lamb.
Suffolk - W&C Ingram with a home-bred shearling tup.
Texel - Kirsty Cameron, Gorebridge with a gimmer by an Oldhouseburn sire.
Cross - John Campbell and Co, Todholes, Thurso with a pair of cross-bred three quarter Texel ewe lambs by a Fearn Farm Texel tup.
Blackface - Glenrinnes Farms with a shearling ram out by a 4500gns Merkland tup.
Shetland - Dr J Graham and L Thompson, Rothienorman with a home-bred ram lamb by Brae Xsmoulder.
Beltex - W and C Ingram, Pitcaple with a two-shear ram Buckles Fury bought at Carlisle for 11,000gns by Gryffin Dexter.
Zwartbles - Paddock Zwartbles with a home-bred gimmer, Paddock Juniper by Walridge Moor Finn, champion at Dornoch.
Bluefaced Leicester - Raymond Baynes, Blackford Farm, Croy with a ewe lamb by Moffat Auchry.
North Country Cheviot (park type) - J Runciman and Son, Allanshaws, Galashiels with a ewe by Sebay Excitable.
Cheviot (hill type) - Badanloch Estate with Showstopper, a three-crop home-bred ewe by Balnakeil Stamper.