14 June 2002

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HONOURS FLOCK

The Broomwell flock of Ryeland sheep was slaughtered as

part of the foot-and-mouth cull. But its memory will live on

RYELAND sheep breeders will be honouring the memory of one of Scotlands top flocks, a casualty of foot-and-mouth disease, when they compete for a new trophy to be presented to the breed champion at this years Royal Highland Show.

Ryeland enthusiasts Andrew Taylor and his daughter Susan Bryden donated the silver quaich to The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland as a permanent memorial and tribute to their Broomwell flock of Ryelands, which was slaughtered as part of the 3km sheep cull during last years F&M outbreak.

The Broomwell Herald trophy is named after the senior ram they lost in the cull. A real family favourite, Harry never took the breed title himself, though he did sire several champions, including the 2000 winner.

The Broomwell flock was established in 1982, and Mrs Bryden and her father were regular exhibitors at the Highland, winning the championship in 1998, 1999 and again in 2000.

Mrs Bryden, from Low Beck, Lockerbie, said: "As our sheep had won the breed title for the last three years at the Highland, and there wasnt already a trophy in this section, we decided to present the quaich as a lasting tribute to all the sheep we lost.

"Obviously we were devastated to lose the whole flock. Its heartbreaking to witness the slaughter of healthy sheep and see the destruction of nearly 20 years of breeding.

"But we consider ourselves fortunate to have been able to restock with several animals from our own bloodlines and were grateful to those people who have helped us to do this."

The Broomwell Herald will be among the first awards to be decided at this years Royal Highland Show. The judging starts at 9am on the first day, Thur, Jun 20.