Royal Highland Show
A good entry of twenty seven cattle saw some top quality Belties on parade at the Highland Show this year. Cattle from all corners of Scotland were there and although a biting north westerly wind was rather disagreeable it remained dry throughout and the scene was set for an exciting event.
An experienced judge was on hand in the form of Tom Rennie, who only recently dispersed his well-known Mosstonmuir herd of Belties. First up was a large class of Junior Heifers, and it was good to see a fairly new member win. Bob Brown of Fife came first with his homebred heifer Brodale Dreama Pixie, a thoroughly highland bred animal sired by Ballindean Dandy out of an Ashness cow. Second was Council member Judith Cowie with her homebred red and white heifer Copelaw Ruby, sired by the well known Coulmony Coll out of Judith’s red cow Copelaw Cherry. In third place was R.K.G. Farms’ Auchengassel Molly, shown by Kyla Graham.
A smaller class of Senior Heifers saw a newcomer to the scene win with a heifer from a very familiar herd. Mochrum Lilac 6th took the honours and it was good to see new herd manager Helen Ryman getting off to such a good start. This twenty nine month old Lullenden Randall daughter is out of the homebred cow Mochrum Lila and went on to win the Ian Hamilton Memorial Trophy for the best heifer. R.K.G. Farms were among the rosettes again, with a Waterbeck Arran daughter, Auchengassel Leona, taking second in the class. Third place went to Anne Bell’s Karandrea Ronaldo daughter Southfield Curiosity, which was bred by Julie Strachey in Cornwall.
Winner of the Cow class, and the Kinrea Trophy for best cow, was Zan and Joe Kirk’s five year old Huntfield Opal, bred by the famous Broadmeadows Lennie out of Huntfield Good Friday. Anne Bell’s homebred cow Clifton Locket came second, a Ballamoar Hercules daughter out of Clifton Lolita, and third place was Mochrum Estate’s Mochrum Lilac 3rd.
The calves at foot were judged immediately after the cows, and Mochrum picked up the John Corrie Perpetual Trophy for Lilac 3rd’s calf.
On to the bulls, and a small class of Junior Bulls was won by Anne Bell’s Broadmeadows Jamie, a thirteen month old bred by Douglas Crighton using his stock bull Clifton Hercules out of Broadmeadows Amy. Hercules was also bred by Anne Bell, and was bought back for the Clifton herd at Douglas’ dispersal sale in 2014. Second Junior Bull was Mr. E. Belcher’s homebred Blair Gillies. Shown by herd manager Brian McKnight this was also a Clifton Hercules son out of a Broadmeadows dam. Third in the class was Duncan Maxwell’s homebred bull Lomond Laphroiag, a son of former Highland Show champion Park Perseus.
The Senior Bull class was a competition between Messrs. Ward’s two year old homebred Whitstonehill King Kong, also a Park Perseus son, and Jane Landers’ twenty two month old Cairnsmore Hamish, ably exhibited by Katie Landers. Homebred out of Lullenden Apple Dumpling and sired by Ryehills Elliot, Hamish caught the judge’s eye and took the first prize, along with the rosette for Best Overall Bull.
Reserve Best Bull was Broadmeadows Jamie, which also won the Aldermere Perpetual Challenge Bowl for the best yearling bull. Other Special Prizes included the rosette for Best Female, which went to the Kirks’ cow Huntfield Opal, with Mochrum’s heifer Lilac 3rd in reserve, and the Best Junior Animal, which went to Cairnsmore Hamish. The Topaz Perpetual Trophy for the best pair owned by the exhibitor went to Anne Bell, who showed Southfield Curiosity and Clifton Locket.
Finally the championship, which saw Huntfield Opal up against Cairnsmore Hamish. The bull won the day, and the delight on Jane’s face was plain to see as Tom Rennie handed over the prizes. As well as the enormous Knockbrex Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup she also received the Champion’s Medal and the rosette for the Best Animal Bred by the Exhibitor, as well as the Broadmeadows cup for the Breeder of the Champion. Reserve Champion Huntfield Opal didn’t do too badly either, receiving the George Malcolm Perpetual Trophy and the Ian Hamilton Perpetual Silver Challenge cup for the Best Animal of Opposite Sex to the Champion.
The final award was the Lyall-Bower trophy for the herd gaining the most points in the main classes. Sponsored by Global Investment Management, this trophy was kindly donated in memory of Dr. Ken Lyall. Mr. Walter Scott represented the sponsors, and Prof. Jane Bower was delighted to present the award in memory of her husband. The winner for the second year in a row was Anne Bell for her Clifton herd.
224 FEMALE born on or after 1st September 2013
1st - 257 Brown, Mr Robert KY15 5LN - Brodale Dreama Pixie
2nd - 262 Cowie, Judith Castle Douglas DG7 2JB - Copelaw Ruby (Red)
3rd - 264 RKG Farms Kirkcudbright DG6 4PP - Auchengassel Molly
4th - 258 Landers & Son, B Newton Stewart DG8 7BH - Cairnsmore Ivory Melody
5th - 261 Kirk, J & Z Dumfries DG2 0SP - Huntfield Ramble
6th - 263 Wilson, B. & R. Newton Stewart DG8 9RF - Polbae Annie
225 FEMALE born on or between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013
1st - 268 Mochrum Estate Newton Stewart DG8 9PD - Mochrum Lilac 6th
2nd - 269 RKG Farms Kirkcudbright DG6 4PP - Auchengassel Leona
3rd - 266 Bell, Mrs A.F. DG2 8AR - Southfield Curiosity
4th - 267 Belcher, Mr E Girvan KA26 9QQ - Cairnsmore Ginny Dumpling
226 FEMALE, in Milk or in Calf, born on or before 31st August 2012
1st - 271 Kirk, J & Z Dumfries DG2 0SP - Huntfield Opal
2nd - 274 Bell, Mrs A.F. DG2 8AR - Clifton Locket
3rd - 272 Mochrum Estate Newton Stewart DG8 9PD - Mochrum Lilac 3rd
4th - 273 Belcher, Mr E Girvan KA26 9QQ - Clifton Gemma
227 BULL born on or after 1st September 2013
1st - 279 Bell, Mrs A.F. DG2 8AR - Broadmeadows Jamie
2nd - 278 Belcher, Mr E Girvan KA26 9QQ - Blair Gillies
3rd - 275 Maxwell, J.M & D. Glasgow G63 0AW - Lomond Laphroaig
228 BULL born on or before 31st August 2013
1st - 283 Landers & Son, B Newton Stewart DG8 7BH - Cairnsmore Hamish
2nd - 281 Ward, J.R. & C.J. Lockerbie DG11 2QE - Whistonehill King Kong
Champion: Cairnsmore Hamish
Reserve Champion: Huntfield Opal