Two producers from the east of Scotland have taken the top award in the 2011 Scottish Egg Quality Competition, competing against a record 29 entries from across the country.
Jim and Anne Smillie (pictured left) of Corrie Mains Farm, Mauchline, Ayrshire, won the “quaich”, or cup, for egg producers, while the championship challenge shield for producer-retailers went to Billy and Irene Robb (pictured below) of Chalmerston Farm, Mauchline, Ayrshire.
Eggs were selected by Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) judges based upon their shell colour, egg weight, yolk colour, albumen quality, shell thickness, lack of meat or blood spots, external appearance and packaging.
Sponsored by the SAC and feed compounder BOCM PAULS, the competition has been running for 24 years and aims to encourage excellence in production and to benchmark quality.
Eggs from Corrie Mains are sold direct to shops, under the Corrie Mains Free Range Eggs brand, and are delivered around Glasgow and local farmers markets.
Eggs have been produced at the mixed beef and sheep Chalmerston Farm for 50 years, but recently the Robbs, with the help of their son Alan, have expanded building a new 16,000-bird unit for Noble Foods.