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Interbreed N R Barclay’s Charolais cow Harestone Rumba.
Interbreed B and V Davidson’s cow Stannock Formation Ricki; res, A Hodge’s Rulesmains Ranger Lorna.
Interbreed M C Robinson and Sons’ Bluefaced Leicester ewe; res, J Runciman and Sons’ North Country Cheviot ewe and lambs.
FIRST-TIMERS led the way in the livestock lines at this year’s Royal Highland show, with the champions in all three sections coming from first-time interbreed title winners.
Among the beef classes it was a cow and calf from the Charolais lines which stole top honours.
The cow Harestone Rumba is an imported French animal out of the noted French sire Hermes and bred by Bernard-Gaec Euillards.
The win marked a first breed and interbreed championship at the Highland for Neil Barclay’s 100-cow herd and Mr Barclay dedicated his triumph to his son Cameron, who sadly died last year.
Other notable winners in the beef breeds included the commercial champion, another winner from the highly successful Oban-based team of Ewen MacPherson and Sons.
This one was a November 2002-born Limousin cross steer named Codger and was led out Ewen’s son Donald.
Heading the Limousin entry was another imported animal, this time a bull. French-born Samy was brought out by Bridge-of-Allan breeder Robert Graham and was pulled out ahead of another bull, Woodhouse Prince from Millington Grange Estate.
Continental breeds continued their domination in the team championship, with the winning team coming from the Charolais and the reserve taken by the Limousin quartet.
Among the dairy classes Holsteins were to the fore, with the breed winner, a second calving cow from the Gretna-based Davidson family, going on to take the interbreed ahead of the Ayrshire champion.
Their bought-in cow, Stannock Formation Ricki, gave more than 10,000kg in her heifer lactation and has so far averaged 50kg a day for 150 days of her second.
Ricki is no stranger to the show ring, having been British junior heifer champion in 2002 and champion heifer at AgriScot in the same year.
But the Holstein contribution didn’t end there, as the Ayrshire, from Andrew Hodge’s Cheviotview herd, is a half-bred Holstein.
Rulesmains Ranger Lorna is another bought-in animal, having been bought as a foundation animal for Mr Hodge’s 25-cow Ayrshire herd which runs alongside his family’s 140-cow Holstein enterprise.
Third calver Lorna has so far given 5970kg in 157 days of her third lactation at 4.36% butterfat and 3.3% protein.
However, the stiffest competition of the show was undoubtedly in the sheep lines with Northumberland-based judge Michael Walton faced with the task of picking a winner from no fewer than 19 section champions.
In a rain-dominated show ring, Mr Walton found his champion in the form of a two-crop Bluefaced Leicester ewe from Matt and Nicholas Robinson’s 80-ewe Hexham-based flock.
The homebred ewe was on her first show outing and is by a Penine sire and out of a homebred ewe.
Reserve in the sheep lines went to the commercial champion, a North Country Cheviot ewe with two purebred lambs at foot.
This ewe is one of 300 North Country Cheviot ewes bred pure from the 800 which Mr Runciman runs on his 400ha (1000 acre) unit at Galashiels.
Elsewhere in the sheep lines, it was a double for Turriff-based Suffolk breeder Robbie Wilson.
His one-crop ewe bred in his late brother Gordon’s Glenisla flock took the breed championship and his tup, Glenhead McCoy stood reserve.
And proving that big-money investments do pay off was Texel breeder John Forsyth. His joint 120,000gns purchase of Loosebeare Imp from the Devon-based Quicke family last autumn yielded success in the form of a breed championship ticket for the two-shear tup.
Standing reserve to Imp was another of Mr Forsyth’s entries, a shearling ewe.