The senior bull class in this year’s Limousin section at this year’s Royal Highland Show was an eagerly awaited contest, pitting two of the breed’s heavyweights against it other for the first time.

Having followed the success of the Crawford Brothers’ bull Sauvignon earlier this year at Paris’ SIMA Show, this was a result I was keen to find out on arrival in Edinburgh. Had he managed to uphold his reputation as the finest Limousin bull in Europe, or had Scotland’s own giant, Robert Graham’s Samy, pipped him to the post.

Sadly and, some may say mistakenly, the French-bred Samy beat his fellow countryman to top spot in the class, but it must have been a close run thing which would have left Co Down-based judge Jim Quail scratching his head for a good few minutes.

Samy though couldn’t hold his own in the breed championship when faced with competition from his own daughter, Grahams Butterfly.

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Out of Grahams Trendy, Butterfly is a January 2006-born heifer who must have a fair chance in tomorrow’s interbreed contest.