Stock Judging and Herd Visit Low Kirkbride

August 19th 2018

The Scottish Belted Galloway Club held their first ever stock judging competition last weekend. This was hosted by the Kirk family, headed by Zan Kirk. Nearly 100 people met at Low Kirkbride Farm, the home of 'Huntfield Belties.' After delicious homebaking and hot drinks the stock judging began. We saw some tremendous cattle and Scott McKinnon judged the event and gave a good constructive commentary on the cattle forward. This was followed by a super hog roast. A tremendous amount of work must have gone into preparing for this day and running it so smoothly. Well done and Thank you so much Zan and Joe.

Report by Zan Kirk

After panicking about the weather, everything was put under cover but the day dawned bright and continued to improve.

The club is most indebted to Richard Kincaid of Border Biofuels; Jeff Jenkinson of T H Jenkinson; J T Rennie, Chartered Accountants; Starlyne Minerals; and Mochrum Estate for providing sponsorship, as without whose help the club would find it difficult to put on such an event.

Scott McKinnon of Klondyke Farms was the master judge, Scott has a deep knowledge of Galloway and Belted Galloway cattle and he made an excellent job of sorting out the various classes. The first class for him to judge was the yearling heifers, followed by two year old heifers, then the incalf and calved heifers, next came the cows, with the final class the championship. Scott also kindly gave reasons which helps all of us and hopefully means we can improve our stock judging skills by having the various traits, good and bad, pointed out.

The Belted Galloway Club had excellent leaders in Hayden Ross, Ross Henderson, Stuart Henderson, Ashley Marshall, and Raymond Kirk, their good leading skills were put to the test a few times as some reluctant heifers needed coaxed round the ring.

Following the stock judging Jamie Shennan provided a delicious hog roast and PJ Stirling’s beautiful strawberries finished off our lunch nicely. After which we went and saw the rest of the herd and had an enjoyable walk. The day was rounded up with the prize giving, Caroline McMeeken made a great job of scoring ably supported by Jennifer Picken and the results were as follows:

- Open Gentlemen

First: John Templeton
Second: James Taylor
Joint third: Glen Davidson and Robert Henderson
Fourth: Ian Marshall

- Open Ladies

First: Ashley Marshall
Second: Charlene Henderson
Third: Ali Hennen
Fourth: Margaret Maxwell

- Under 16s

First: Caitlyn Ross
Second: Rebecca Brown
Third: Sam Tait
Fourth: Eric Dobson

A big thank you to the many helpers that made the day such a success.



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