The cattle interbreed line-up at Doune and Dunblane Show, judged by Colin Wight, Carwood, Biggar, was a high-quality affair.
However, the top award went not to a pedigree animal but to the commercial champion from brothers James and John Graham, Mains of Burnbank, Blair Drummond.
Still in their teens but already experienced show exhibitors, the brothers were delighted to see their 13-month- old British Blue sired heifer Jessie Jay collecting the top honours in the show.
It followed its beef interbreed success by winning the supreme cattle award over the dairy champion, a Holstein third-calver from William Hamilton & Son, Meldrum Farm, Blair Drummond.
Out of a Limousin cross dam, Jessie Jay was bought privately from her breeder, Hugh Dunlop, Ochiltree.
She has already this season been selected champion at Gargunnock and reserve at Stirling.
Mr Wight said: “She was the most correct animal in front of me.
“She was well shown and very well balanced.”
The reserve beef interbreed was the four-year-old Aberdeen-Angus cow Netherton Karama K574 shown with her six-month-old bull calf at foot.
A daughter of Netherton Big Edition, this cow has had a good show season including the interbreed championship at Fife, and only last week she and her calf won their section championship at the breed’s national show in Birmingham.
After the show season she will be moving with the major portion of the Netherton herd to new owners Highland Wagyu at Dunblane.
Mr Wight opted to place a Limousin duo from WJ&M Mash as his pairs champions.
Shown by Dougie McBeath and Sarah-Jane Jessop of McBeath Livestock Services, Stirling, the pair comprised the breed reserve champion Brockhurst How’s At and her full brother Brockhurst Hard Nut.
The reserve pair were the champion and reserve Simmentals from James and Angela Mill, Shawsmill, Cardenden.
Mr Wight then moved over to the sheep rings to place the overall champions. His leader here was a well-bred Texel ewe lamb from Malcolm Reid, Grassmaiston, Kelso. This one was by the home bred Mellorvale Officer son Kelso Prostar and out of a Kingsland ewe by Knock Powerpacker.
The reserve place went to Doune and Dunblane regulars Robert and Maimie Paterson, Upper Auchenlay, Dunblane with a gimmer by a tup bred by Tom Sands and out of a home-bred ewe.
The sheep groups of three were led by Robert Bryce, Chalmerston, Stirling with a trio of Suffolks comprising his breed champion, a two-crop ewe, his reserve champion gimmer along with the gimmer’s sire Cairnnorrie Olympic Bolt
These were picked just ahead of a Blackface group from Mary McCall-Smith, Connachan, Crieff. This was made up of a shearling tup by Black Caviar, a gimmer by a Lurg loan and a ewe by a £5,000 Dalchirla.
Results were as follow.
W&D McLaren, Netherton, Blackford, with four-year-old cow Netherton Karama K574, by Netherton Big Edition and out of a previous Karama. Shown with a six-month-old bull calf at foot by SAV Brave. Interbreed at Fife, reserve at Drymen, cow and calf champion at last week’s breed National Show. In winning group of four at RHS.
Reserve: Richard and
Carol Rettie, 3 Aberdona Mains, Alloa, with the
young bull Retties Dynamic
Any other breed
Stephanie Dick, Mains of Throsk, Stirling, with the British Blue two-year-old heifer Ronick Hallie, by Tamhorn Sumo and out of Tamhorn Ebony. Interbreed at Stirling.
Lyle Laird & Sons, Lochhead, Coaltown of Wemyss, Kirkcaldy, with four-year-old cow Whitefield Freya, by Whistley Dollar and out of Whitefield Susie. Bred by Eric Mutch. Champion of champions at West Fife, second at RH and won seven championships last year.
Reserve: TM&J Hope, South Brownhill, Strathaven, with 13-month-old heifer Brownhill Ina, by Hadfield Edward and out of a home-bred cow. First at RH.
Andrew Hornall, Falleninch, Stirling, with 11-month-old bull calf Falleninch Icarus, by Dereskit Fernando and out of Falleninch Anna. First outing and going to Stars of the Future.
Reserve: Murray Lyle, Mid Cambushinnie, Dunblane, with 15-month-old heifer Loganbar Isa, by Wesley Fixture. Reserve at Stirling, first at Gargunnock and third at RH.
George Harvey, 100 Buchanan St, Balfron, with 20-month-old bull Harvey Bros 1 Kenneth, by Parkhill Pompeii and out of Harvey Bros 1 Crocus VI. Reserve interbreed at Kilmacolm, second at Drymen, Stirling and Stars of the Future.
Reserve: John Torrance, Knowetop, Hamilton with 21-month-old heifer Baldinnie 1 Mo, by Baldinnie 1 Orient. Bought at Carlisle for 3,100gns in February. Reserve at Ayr and second at Drymen.
Donald and Bryon MacNaughton, Kelty, with two-year-old heifer Skye 3rd of Rannoch, by Fergus of Isle of Bute and out of Skye 2nd of Rannoch. Champion at Alyth, East of Scotland Club, and Campsie. Reserve at North of Scotland Club.
Reserve: D&B MacNaughton with Skye 4th of Rannoch. Same way bred as the champion.
Ian and Wendy Callion, Bolfornought, Stirling, with March-born heifer calf Lodge Jalise, by Ronick Gains and an embryo out of the French cow Balise. First outing
Reserve: WJ&M Mash, c/o McBeath Livestock Services, Stirling, with 18-month-old heifer Brockhurst How’s At, by Wilodge Vantastic and out of Royal Highland supreme Brockhurst Bolshoi. Going to Great Yorks and Royal Welsh.
James and Angela Mill, Shawsmill, Cardenden, with 16-month-old bull Shawsmill Elvis, by Shawsmill Archie and out of Shawsmill Wednesday. Champion at West Fife.
Reserve: J&A Mill with 16-month-old heifer Shawsmill Eva, by Shawsmill Archie and out of Shawsmill Willow.
John and James Graham, Mains of Burnbank, Blair Drummond, with 13-month-old heifer Jessie Jay. Bred by Hugh Dunlop and by a British Blue sire out of a Limousin cross cow. Champion at Gargunnock and reserve at Stirling. Fourth at RH.
Reserve: W Brewster & Son, Wester Borland, Thornhill, with an un-named nine-month-old British Blue cross heifer out of a pure Limousin cow. Sired by Imperial De Lacluse. Reserve at Gargunnock and first at Drymen.
William Hamilton & Son, Meldrum, Blair Drummond, with Holstein third-calver Hawksland Gabe Cutie, by Coldspring Gabe and out of a home-bred dam. Shown by Doug McMillan. Calved April and yielding 74kg. First outing.
Reserve: Tom Gilliland, Nyadd, Blair Drummond, with Holstein third-calver Craigforth Outbound Gloriette, by Shillingview Outbound and out of Craigforth Jackson Gloriette. Calved April and yielding 55 litres. First outing.
Andrew Morton, Lochend, Denny, with an ET gimmer by Kingledores Rascal and out of a Dooley ewe. Reserve at Stirling this year and reserve at Perth 2013.
Reserve: Andrew Morton with two-shear ram Curwen Stiffler. Bought at Carlisle last year for 3,200gns.
JR MacGregor, Dyke, Milton of Campsie with a home-bred gimmer by a home-bred son of Travis and out of a ewe by an £11,000 Dyke. First outing.
Reserve: D MacGregor, Burnhead, Kilsyth, with a two-crop unclipped ewe by a Dyke loan which was the son of a £14,000 Elmscleugh. Out of a Burnhead ewe. First outing.
M Thornborrow & Sons, Easter Dawyck, Stobo, with a ewe lamb by a 16,000gns Penhill and out of a ewe by Z31 Old Helmley. Full embryo sister to the Stirling Show champion.
Reserve Mr Pirie.
D Whyte, Whitelee Gate, Newton Mearns, with a one-crop ewe by Clola Tangy Bob and out of a ewe by Gateside Vertility. First outing.
Reserve: D Whyte with a ewe hogg by Lammermuir Jackie and out of a home-bred ewe by Clola JD. Fourth at Royal Highland.
Robert Paterson, Upper Auchenlay, Dunblane, with a gimmer by a Sands sire and out of a home-bred ewe. Reserve at Stirling and prize-winner at RH.
Reserve: Robert Paterson with a shearling ram the same way bred as the champion. Champion at Stirling and possibly going to Kelso Ram Sales.
Kirsty Guthrie, Cuiltburn, Muthill, with a Beltex cross ewe with a pair of March-born Beltex-sired lambs at foot. Third at RH as a trio.
Reserve: Kirsty Guthrie with a single ewe lamb by a Bishop sire and out of a Beltex cross ewe. Placed as one of a pair at RH.
Any other breed
I&M Davidson, Balnacree, Avonbridge, Falkirk, with a North Country Cheviot ewe by Hownam Grange Kickstart. Bought from Hownam Grange in-lamb at Lockerbie. Second at Stirling and Haddington.
Reserve: J Milne, Keirhead Cottage, Thornhill, with a home-bred Ryeland gimmer by Houghtons Norman Stormin’ and out of a home-bred ewe.
K,A&R Campbell, Drimsynie, Lochgoilhead, with a gimmer by Midlock D2 Super Ally and out of a home-bred ewe. Champion at Stirling and reserve at RH.
Reserve: John McDougall, Gartincaber, Drymen.
Rena Douglas, Cedar Cottage, Craigrothie, Cupar, with Linkwald Kerri, a black three-crop ewe bought at Melton Mowbray. Previously unshown.
Reserve: Rena Douglas with Drum Russell, a moorit home-bred shearling by Brae Hippocrates and out of a Drum ewe. First outing.
Robert Bryce, Chalmerston, Stirling, with a two-crop ewe by a Middlemuir sire and out of a home-bred dam. Reserve at Stirling and champion at Gargunnock.
Robert Bryce with a gimmer by Cairnnorrie Olympic Bolt and out of a ewe by a Middlemuir sire. Champion at Stirling and Drymen.
M Reid, Grassmaiston, Kelso, with a ewe lamb by the home-bred sire Kelso Prostar and out of a Kingsland ewe bought at the 2012 dispersal and by Knock Powerpacker. First at Stirling.
Reserve: C Gauld, Cairn Farm, Auchterarder, with a four-crop ewe by Millars Outstanding and out of a Milnbank ewe by Craighead Hercules. Bought privately from Robbie Wilson. Champion at Braco last year.
Mrs N Henderson, Whitehouse Farm Cottage, Touch, Stirling, with the ewe Cynefin Wilow, by Cynefin Tudor and out of a Braid ewe. Reserve AOB at Stirling and reserve at Fife.
Reserve: B&H Gibson,Threeviews, Gartocharn, with the two-shear tup Helstane Wallace by Homelea Superior and out of a Bobbit ewe. Bought as a lamb at Stirling.
Rebecca Campbell, the Byres, Brunton Farm, Torphicen, with one-year-old female British Toggenburg Lisnavon Bromeliad, by Pheban Comet and out of Guilden Butterkup. Second at RH and best goatling at Scottish Goat Show.
Reserve: Kaleem Shaikh, Hamilton Road, Uddingston, with British kid Thistledone Rhona, by Ladeside Leo and out of Ladeside Lady Romilly.