Lady Crofts a beauty
By Jonathan Long
WITH the Royal Highland Show on again and England losing the football, the Scots were in party mood last week and nowhere was it more evident than the stock lines at Ingliston.
Leading the way was 21-year-old Brendan Hayward with an Aberdeen Angus cow, Lady Croft Beauty Lass, from his 80-cow Perthshire-based herd which was started by his grandfather when Brendan was just six weeks old. "A superb cow with excellent motion, which displays all of the breed characteristics," was how interbreed judge John Mackie described her. Standing reserve to the Angus was commercial cattle champion, a Limousin cross heifer from noted showman Ewan Macpherson of Argyll.
While the English may not have fared well in Japan, a raiding party to Edinburgh did manage to clinch four breed championships and five reserve breed rosettes in the cattle lines, including some of the furthest travelled cattle at the show. Mortimers Farm made the long trip from Eastleigh, Hampshire and took back the Charolais championship with a two-year-old heifer, Mortimers Racey.
The dairy championship went to a fourth calving Holstein cow, Morwick Sand Queen, from D A Howie and Sons. It was their first time at the show for 16 years and their achievement was all the more special as the cow was sired by their own bull, Morwick Sand Ranger, imported from Canada as an embryo.
In the sheep rings a ewe from Barclay Mairs Muiresk Suffolk flock took the interbreed title, resulting in a unique achievement for the flock. The three crop ewe, by Muiresk Marci Marvellous and out of a homebred ewe by Pankymoor Prelude, had been shown at the Highland twice before, as a ewe lamb and a shearling ewe, winning the Suffolk breed championship on both occassions and the interbreed award as a shearling ewe.
The reserve ticket went to a Texel shearling ewe from John Forsyth, she was the pick of her breed classes and was rated by Texel judge Victor Chestnutt as a ewe with plenty of carcass and bags of character. Elsewhere in the sheep lines discussion centred around the Blackface champion, a ram from D C and J J Marshall, the tup which cost £37,000 in 2000 has been scrapie resistance genotyped as VRQ/VRQ and is, therefore, ineligible for use in National Scrapie Plan member flocks.
Interbreed B M Haywards Aberdeen Angus cow and calf Lady Croft Beauty Lass; res, Ewan Macpherson & Sons Limousin cross commercial heifer.
Interbreed team competition Belgian Blue; res, Charolais.
Beef Shorthorn Messrs James Durnos cow Rothes Morna; res, Messrs James Durnos bull Chapelton Nimrod.
Aberdeen Angus B M Haywards cow & calf Lady Croft Beauty Lass; res, G & L Brooks bull Johan of Bon Lea.
Galloway R & * Finlays cow Blackcraig Bertha D1; res, R & * Finlays heifer Blackcraig Dusty H32.
Belted Galloway Tom Rennies cow Grandycroft Primrose; res, Miss Flora Stuarts bull Mochrum Kingfisher.
Highland Heather Corrigalls heifer Sheila 3 of Earn; res, D Browns bull Seamus 5 of The Wellburn.
Hereford J R B Wilson and Sonss bull Glenlees Storm; res, M Moores bull Wenmar 1 Sensation.
Lincoln Red Limestone Farming Cos bull Limestone Clansman; res, Limestone farming Cos heifer Limestone Mary C33.
British Charolais Mortimers Farms heifer Mortimers Racey; res, D & P Murrays cow Guthrie Pamela.
British Simmental J & A Roberts cow Whitemire Eidelweiss; res, W G MacPhersons heifer Blackford Mariah.
British Limousin Millington Grange Estates cow Gaich Nutcracker; res, James Quails bull Ludo.
British Blonde T M & J Hopes bull Whistley Publican; res, Eric Mutchs cow Whitefield Lucy.
British Belgian Blue Jane Wyllies heifer Captive De Fooz; res, Michele Wildes cow Ridegdean Nauette.
Salers Graham McClymonts cow Cuil Kitty; res, Graham McClymounts bull Cuil Madrid.
Commercial Cattle Ewan Macpherson & Sons Limousin cross heifer; res, Hugh Dunlops Limousin cross steer.
Marks & Spencer Elite Beef Breeder Championship N & E Cruickshanks Limousin bull; res, Redpath Farms Limousin bull.
Interbreed D A Howie & Sons Holstein cow Morwick Sand Queen; res, R F and J F Heaths Jersey cow Ravenfield Dannys Florence.
Interbreed Team Holstein; res, Jersey.
Ayshire J & G Lawries cow Brieryside Bessie 53; res, A & S Lawries cow Cuthill Towers Princess Royal.
Holstein D A Howie & Sons cow Morwick Sand Queen; res, W W Neilsons cow Overside Jolt Anne.
Jersey R F & J F Heaths cow Ravenfield Dannys Florence; res, R F & J F Heaths cow Ravenfield Jess 4.
Interbreed Barclay Mairs Suffolk ewe; res, J Forsyths Texel shearling ewe.
Interbreed Pairs Blackface; res, Suffolk.
Blackface D C & J J Marshalls ram; res, W Ramsay & Sons ewe.
North Country Cheviot D N Campbell & Sons ram lamb; res, The Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trusts ewe.
Border Leicester * Guthrie & Sons ewe; res, P M & N J Browns ram.
Suffolk Barclay Mairs ewe; res, Barclay Mairs ram lamb.
Cheviot W J Douglas & Sons ewe; res, W J Douglas & Sons ram.
Half-Bred J Runciman & Sons shearling ewe; res, J Runciman & Sons ewe.
Bluefaced Leicester Alistair Clarks ewe; res, James Thomson & Sons shearling ram.
Jacob John Youngs ewe; res, Mary Leggates ram.
Texel J P Forsyths shearling ewe; res, Bruce Renwicks ram lamb.
Ryeland W B Gourlays ram; res, S J Brydens shearling ewe.
Charollais R & M Patersons ram; res, W & C Ingrams shearling ewe.
Shetland Rena Douglas ewe; res, Joan Bruntons ram.
Oxford Down K & M Rennies ram; res, J & G Wilsons ewe lamb.
Scotch Mule J Warnock & Sons ewe lamb; res, William Sandersons shearling ewe.
Beltex John Cowans ram; res, Allan Jacksons shearling ram.
Lleyn Denoak Livestocks ram; res, Derek Steens ewe.
Commercial sheep J Runciman & Sons ewe & lambs; res, John Youngs ewe & lambs.
Prime Lambs R & G Colegraves Continental cross; res, John Youngs Continental cross. *