The task of judging the livestock entries at next year’s Royal Highland Show will be shared by 113 highly experienced names in the judging world, drawn from throughout the UK, with strong input from the east and north of Scotland.
The 2019 show, to be held on June 20-23, will feature two new sections by way of the inaugural overall young handler and dairy cattle any other breeds sections.
These will be judged by Blackface breeders Ian and Patsy Hunter, Perthshire, and Murray Cochrane of Ayrshire, respectively.
Judges for the overall dairy and overall beef awards will be Paul Harrison of Northumberland, placing the final dairy line-up, with the overall beef interbreed and interbreed teams being placed by Stewart Wood of Garston Farm, Orkney, and the beef interbreed pairs being placed by Rob Forest, Duns.
In the sheep rings, Archie Macgregor of Kilsyth, Glasgow, will judge the overall sheep interbreed championship while Pat Greaney of Usk, Monmouthshire, will place the overall sheep pairs interbreed championship and sheep young handlers classes.
“The Royal Highland Show continues to attract the country’s best and 2019 is set to be no different,” said RHASS chairman James Warnock.
He continued: “The pedigree of the animals and the experience of
those that judge them is second to none and I am very much looking forward to the 179th Royal Highland Show and welcoming all to help us celebrate the best in farming, food and rural life.”
Other judges include: John Christie, Kippen, Stirlingshire – Beef breeder competition and junior beef interbreed; Charlie Bruce, Banff, Banffshire – Highland; Stewart Stronach Jr, Keith, Banffshire – British Simmental; James Young, Alford, Aberdeenshire – Suffolk; Alan Smith, Holm, Orkney – North Country Cheviot; Linda McKendrick, Cupar, Fife – Jacob; Neil Montgomery, Struan, Isle of Skye – North Country Cheviot hill; Robert Paterson Jr, Dunblane, Perthshire – Charollais; A Anderson, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire – Welsh ponies (Section B); Sarah Ross, Dollar, Clackmannanshire – Eriskay Ponies; Morag Snow, Leven, Fife – Cobs (ride); Catherine Marshall, Forgandenny, Perthshire – St Johns Wells Trophy.
Captain James Anderson, Kilmalcolm, Renfrewshire – Clydesdales in-hand males; John Anderson, by Arbroath, Angus – Clydesdale in-hand females; Alistair Matheson, Halkirk, Caithness – HOYS ridden Clydesdales (ride); Marguerite Osborne, Kirriemuir, Angus – Highland ponies in-hand females; Kenny Adams, Alloa, Clackmannanshire – The Sanderson Trophy; Cate Brewster, Crieff, Perthshire – harness, grooming and decoration; David Allison, by Lairg, Sutherland – working native pony in harness.