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Pictures: Tonley triumphs as Echt Show makes a welcome return

By David Porter

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Fresh from a national show winning turn-out at the other end of the UK, there was continued success for three-year-old Aberdeen Angus cow Tonley Lady Heather at Echt show where she claimed breed, overall cattle and champion of champion titles.

Her ever growing run of plaudits continued last week at the Royal Norfolk Show at Norwich where the home bred cow who stands with her heifer calf at foot was exhibited by father-and-son duo Neil and Mark Wattie from Mains of Tonley, Alford where she took breed title.

And just days before she had stood reserve breed champion at the Royal Highland Show at the end of June before taking the breed championship at Norwich at the breed’s national show which pitted herds from across the UK against each other.

Commenting on the success at the show Mark said: "Its fantastic to come to Echt, to a local show and have our hard work recognised.

“Last week at Norwrich we were presented to Princess Anne and she was amazed we had come all the way down from Aberdeenshire to compete."

She was also interbreed champion at the Stirling show last month and will now be competing at the Great Yorkshire and Turriff shows where Princess Anne will also be attending on the Monday of the event.

She is a daughter of the 120-cow Tonley herd’s 19,000gn stock bull, Blelack Evermore, and her mother is also Blelack-bred and her win history includes the Aberdeen-Angus calf champion title at both the Black Beauty Bonanza at Thainstone and the Stars of the Future show at Stirling back in 2019 as an under 1 year-old heifer.

The reserve cattle title went to Michael and Ellie Robertson of Easter Fodderletter, Tomintoul with an Commercial Cross under 1-year-old heifer called Cinderella.

Top honours in the sheep categories went to a female Texel from Gillian and Roy Adams of Deevalley Texels from Banchory,

This was a previously unshown home-bred entry with what is their first championship winner at Echt having only taken on Texels in 2015.

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