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‘Top-to-toe tremendous’ Limousin leads the way

Stephanie Dick won the Angus Howie Trophy for the event’s champion of champions.
Stephanie Dick won the Angus Howie Trophy for the event’s champion of champions.

A “head-to-toe tremendous” Limousin heifer shone above all the other breeds of livestock paraded at Perth Show to win the champion of champions title.

That was how Stephick Mistique was described by the cattle interbreed judge, Robert McNee from Over Finlarg Farm, Tealing, who went on to add she was “full of flesh, correctness and balance”.

The two-year-old animal, shown by Stephanie Dick from Mains of Throsk, Stirling, is just back from the Great Yorkshire Show where she won the breed reserve championship.

Meanwhile, Robert Cockburn’s Texel ewe was the star of the sheep section when Robert Runciman, from Allanshaws, Galashiels, awarded her the interbreed championship.

She was bought for 9,000gn from the Knock flock at the Select Seven sale at Lanark last year to join Robert’s Knap flock near Errol, and is by Ettrick U Cracker while her dam is by Cambwell Rob Roy.

The reserve cattle interbreed award went to the commercial champion, Red Hot Diamond, a 16-month-old Limousin cross heifer from Stewart and Lynsey Bett, Newmills Farm House, Fallin, Stirling.

This daughter of Sarkley Digital, bought at the Welsh Winter Fair in Shropshire last year, was interbreed champion at Ayr and commercial champion at Drymen and Gargunnock.

Taking the reserve ticket in the sheep rings was Robert Bryce’s three-crop
Suffolk ewe from his Stirling-based Chalmerston flock which stood interbreed champion at Perth last year and champion at some of the central shows earlier this season.

She is by Cairnorrie Olympic Bolt and her mother is by Cairnorrie Campbell.
The heavy horse champion was the Highland pony winner, an eight-year-old mare from JK Jack, Wester Newburn, Leven, which won the breed reserve championship at Fife and the ridden Mountain and Moorland rosette at Braco earlier this summer.

The reserve interbreed horse champion was the Clydesdale filly, Collessie Flash Girl, a daughter of Arradoul Balvenie and out of Old Greenlaw Jura, from Ayrshire breeder Charlotte Young.

Taking the top interbreed sheep pairs ticket was John and Emma Lyle’s Blue Texel pair, Millend Yeeha and a home-bred ewe, from their Viewforth flock near Leven.

Mr Runciman also judged the overall Blackface champion where Robert Cockburn’s south-type edged the lead over David Baillie’s north-type. That was a home-bred shearling ram by a £12,000 Crossflatt.

nnicolson@thecourier.co.uk

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