Considering the harsh conditions which began the farming year, a “good quality” show of sheep was forward for judging at Killin Show, where Blackie judge Jimmy Sinclair praised the entry for being in particularly “good bloom”.
So great was the entry of Shetlands at this year’s National Stallion Show that classes had to be split and rings altered to accommodate the number of ponies forward for judging.
All eyes over the last two days may have been concentrated on the bull sales at United Auction’s Stirling Agricultural Centre but, meanwhile, on the other side of town the management and board of the rival Caledonian Marts have been pondering the future of the business.
It is easy to see why Scottish exhibitors are making the journey to the Great Yorkshire in increasing numbers it is a true agricultural show in the best sense of the words.
The annual Blackface ram sale at United Auctions’ Stirling Agricultural Centre saw shearlings and ram lambs change hands at a steady but not excessive trade, with slightly smaller numbers forward.
East Fife Young Farmers held their annual reversible ploughing match at East New Hall Farm, Kingsbarns, by kind permission of Sir Peter Erskine and the Turnbull family.
The committee of the Scottish National Fatstock Club would be well enough pleased with the decision to move the Winter Fair to a Saturday while retaining the Highland Hall at Ingliston as venue.
Highlights from the Winter Fair sale of champions, where the auctioneers were Caledonian Marts (Stirling) Ltd.
Lothian and Borders foal show attracted the largest turnout of Clydesdale horses for the last decade.
Britain’s oldest herd of Aberdeen-Angus won its second bull calf championship in a week at the Black Beauty Bonanza show at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie.