The sheer number of oilskin jackets, winter hats and gloves being worn might have had spectators and exhibitors alike questioning the June date on the front of the Central and West Fife show catalogue as they entered the showground.
But, despite the gales and the squally downpours, there was no questioning the quality of the stock forward at the event.
Topping the line-up and lifting the Charolais championship, the beef interbreed championship and the “champion of champions” silverware was a strong first calver from the Glenericht herd of Blairgowrie breeder, Allen Drysdale.
Glenericht Hester, a three-year-old by Moyness Saltire and out of Ballmullo Tina lifted the titles for the team from Middle Drimmie, Glen Ericht on her first outing. She was shown with her January-born bull calf, Glenericht Legend by Caylers Gladiator, at foot.
The reserve champion of champions came from the Clydesdale horse lines and went to Jim Neil, Rossiebank, Dunning.
The award went to the impressive Rossie Miriam, a four-year-old homebred mare by Great American GW Carver and out of Dargavel Mairi.
In the sheep lines the interbreed title went to a home-bred Texel gimmer from Malcolm Reid, Grassmainston, Alloa, Clacks. Kelso Venus is by Kelso Prostar and out of a Kingsland ewe and is no stranger to prizewinning, having lifted the interbeed title at Doune and Dunblane last year as a ewe lamb.
The reserve sheep interbreed title went to Stewart Lathangie, Pyestone Farm, Glenrothes for his Suffolk ewe lamb. By Roundacre Real Deal and out of an Ardlea Champion bred ewe she was on her first visit to the showring.
Reserve in the beef interbreed was awarded to Donald Rankin, Kilmaluag, Isle of Skye, for his 14-month-old heifer, Retties Lady Ruth.
Shown by the Retties, the heifer by Rawburn Elysium and out of Wall Lady Ruth, had lifted the reserve championship at the Agri Expo last year.
ABERDEEN-ANGUS Donald Rankin, Kilmaluag, Isle of Skye, with Retties Lady Ruth, a 14-month-old heifer by Rawburn Elysium and out of Wall Lady Ruth. Reserve: Jamie Rettie, Aberdona Mains, Forest Mill, Alloa with Hillfoots Tidy Bee, a heifer by Retties JFK and out of Hillfoots Tidy Bee on its first outing.
ANY OTHER BREED Andrew Mylius, St Fort, Newport on Tay, with St Fort Hundleby Thora, a 21 month-old Lincoln Red heifer by stock bull Beverly Noble and out of St Fort Thora. Reserve: Andrew Mylius, with St Fort Tyler, a 15-month-old bull by Wrag Minstrel and out of St Fort Anne.
HIGHLAND Donald and Brian McNaughton, Green Road, Kinross with Skye 4 of Rannoch, a two-year-old heifer, by Fergus of Isle of Bute and out of Skye 2 of Rannoch. Reserve: Caroline Cuthbertson, Ivanhoe Road, Peebles with Anna Rubh 1 of Gedderfield, a five-year-old cow by Jock of Linton and out of a Meggane cow.
CHAROLAIS Allen Drysdale, Middle Drimmie, Glen Ericht, Blairgowrie with Glenericht Hester, a three-year-old heifer by Moyness Saltire and out of Balmullo Tina with a January-born calf by Caylers Gladiator at foot on her first showing. Reserve: Richard and Carol Rettie, Aberdona Mains, Forest Mill, Alloa with Retties Image, a two-year-old in-calf heifer by Chunal Dougie and out of Redheughs Cumbria.
BLONDE D’AQUITAINE William Laird, Lochhead Farm, Coaltown of Wemyss, with Whitefield Freya, a five-year-old cow by Whistley Dollar and out of Whitefield Suzy which has collected numerous prizes including the champion of champions at West Fife last year. Reserve: Willian Laird, with Gala Earth Quake, the 2009- born stock bull, by Gala Vincent and out of Gala Ozone.
LIMOUSIN John Thomson, Hilton of Beath, Kelty, with Sarkley Carmen, an eight-year-old cow by Novel Prospect and out of Sarkley Melodie. Reserve: John Thomson, with the a two-year-old bull, Mariscote Iggypop, by Goldies Comet and out of Mariscote Hallie.
BRITISH BLUE Ian McGarva, Nether Abington Farm, Abington, Bigger with Abington Jumbo, a 17-month-old homebred bull by Aprilton Arnie and out of Tamhome Grace on its first outing. Reserve: Ian McGarva, with Abington I Am Legend, a 19-month-old bull by Tweedale Ebony and out of Lukeroyal Guess which had been reserve at AgriExpo last year.
SIMMENTAL James Wightman, Coxhill Farm, Candie, Falkirk with Coxhill Emerald, a 20-month-old heifer by Curheen Tyson and out of Coxhill Jasmine which had been reserve here and at Drymen last year. Reserve: Colin Inglis, Greencap, Dalachy, Aberdour, with Greencap Fay, a yearling heifer by Kilbride Farm Chieftain and out of Sterlings Bounty.
COMMERCIAL Heather Paul, Newbigging, Carnock with Hugo, a 19-month-old Limousin cross bullock bred by Hugh Dunlop, bought at Lanark in April. Reserve: Layton Paul, Newbigging, Carnock with Boss, a 20-month-old Limousin cross bullock, also bred by Hugh Dunlop, bought at Lanark last October.
DAIRY Andrew Wilson, Carskerdo, Fife with Enchanted Razzle Lead, a three-year old Holstein cow by Westburne Red Razzle and out of Limpsfield Atlas Load, champion at East Fife. Reserve: David and Fraser Thomson, Kirkton of Beath, with Boclair Shottle Elegance, a second calver by Pixton Shottle and out of a Boclair cow, reserve at East Fife.
CLYDESDALE Jim Neil, Rossiebank, Dunning with Rossie Miriam, a four-year-old home-bred mare by Great American GW Carver and out of Dargavel Mairi. Reserve: George Gray, Cameron Knowe, Phillipstoun, with Fawnspark Emily, a four-year-old mare by Hillhouse General Elect and out of Fawnspark Emily, first at stallion show this year.
SUFFOLK Stewart Lathangie, Pyestone Farm, Glenrothes with a ewe lamb by Roundacre Real Deal and out of an Ardlea Champion ewe on its first showing. Reserve: Andrew Barr, Easter Bucklyvie, Crossgates, with a one-crop ewe by Davis Hill Dzecho and out of a homebred ewe.
TEXEL Malcolm Reid, Grassmainston, Alloa, Clacks with Kelso Venus, a homebred gimmer by Kelso Prostar and out of a Kingsland ewe which had been interbreed champion at Doune and Dunblane as a ewe lamb. Reserve: David McKerrow, Nochnanry, Freuchie with a ewe-lamb by Knock Ursus and out of a Strathbogie Rinmgmaster ewe on its first showing.
ZWARTBLES Peter Walton, Fans Farm Cottage, Earlston with a ewe lamb bred by Thomson of Penrith which was bought at Carlisle in August. Reserve: Cameron and Chloe Cormack, Stickle Heaton Farm, Cornhill on Tweed with Mischief Colossus, a homebred tup lamb by Walridge More Wiz and out of a Selside ewe.
SHETLAND W Bryce, Carnwath Road, Braehead, Forth with Ivydean Anna, a gimmer by Rig Gareth and out of Rench Divina. Reserve: Arbuckle and Meikle, Dunn Place, Winchburgh with Brae Genie, a gimmer by Creedy Charles and out of Greenacre Gina.
BLUEFACED LEICESTER M MacNiven, Craigfarg, Glenfarg with a tup. Reserve Alan McIntyre, Bridge House, Glenfarg with a ewe lamb.
COMMERCIAL SHEEP James Orr, Foodie Farm, Cupar, Fife with a one-crop 7/8ths Texel ewe. Reserve: John Messenger, Ayton Farm, Aberargie, Abernethy with a four-crop Suffolk cross ewe.
PRIME LAMBS James Orr, Foodie Farm, Cupar with a single Texel cross lamb by a Kininmonth tup and out of a homebred cross ewe, champion at East Fife. Reserve: John Messenger, Ayton Farm, Aberargie, Abernethy with a pen of three lambs by Chunk, a homebred Beltex cross tup and out of Suffolk cross ewes.
ANY OTHER BREED Richard Lennox, Kinloss Park, Cupar with a North Country Cheviot Park gimmer by an Achalone tup and out of an Achalone ewe. Reserve: I and M Davidson, Balnacree, West Boxton, Falkirk with a two-crop North Country Cheviot Park ewe by Allanshaws Majestic and out of a Hownam Grange ewe bought as an in-lamb ewe in February.
GOATS Hannah Campbell, The Byres, Brunton, Torphicen with Lovells Glen Donner, a three-year old British White by Ladeside Carrick and out of Lovells Glen Comet. Reserve: Rebecca Campbell, The Byres, Brunton, Torphicen with Lynn Avon Bromeliad, a two-year-old British Toggenburg by Theban Conrad and out of Gilden Butterkup.