Taking the interbreed beef championship title was the Charolais breed champion Elgin Catherine from R A Milne and Sons who farm 50 pedigree Charolais and 100 cross bred at their farm in Murrayshire. This one is by Gower Versace and out of Elgin Unity and scooped the junior female champion here five years ago. Catherine has never been shown since her last show and now goes in to retirement.
In reserve was the Aberdeen Angus champion Messrs M Bruce and Partners, Aberdeenshire with Idvies Kollar J431. This one is sired by Rawburn Rommel E423 and out of Halbeath Kim B034. This four year old bull has not been shown before and is the family’s first win at the Royal Highland Show. Kollar was bought as a stud bull two years ago for 10,000gns at Stirling and was bred by F J Fraser and Sons, Angus.
Commenting on his winning line-up judge James Gammie, Laurencekirk said: “The Royal Highland Show is one of the best shows in the UK, if not in the world. We went from over 940 cattle on Thursday to these 13 champions. It’s the best of the best. There are no losers, they are all champions in this ring.”
He added about the champion cow and calf at foot: “It’s a lovely cow – she is long, sizeable and feminine. I find her hard to fault.”
On the reserve, he added: “The Angus was a very fleshy bull with a lot of size and scope about him. A good all round bull.”