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Motoring news

Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...

Farming news

Aberdeen-Angus DNA test hailed by Victor Wallace

February 13 2015

The adoption of a new DNA test to authenticate the pedigree of all Aberdeen-Angus calves will put the breed in the vanguard of genomic technology, retiring Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society president, Victor Wallace, told a packed annual at Stirling. The society has decided to collect blood samples using special ear tags which incorporate a small uniquely identified receptacle. As the tag is inserted soon after birth the small amount of displaced tissue and blood is captured ready for future DNA testing. Responding to criticism of the society’s decision to use only one company, Caisley, for the collection of samples, Mr Wallace insisted Caisley was the only ear tag company which had the technology to meet the society’s required specification. “We invited a number of ear tag companies to tender and some didn’t bother to reply while others couldn’t meet the spec,” said Mr Wallace. “It is a simple and inexpensive system which most breeders are finding easy to use.” The aim is to collect blood samples from all bull calves to enable the sire of all calves to be verified in the case of any uncertainty or dispute and to authenticate beef being sold as Aberdeen-Angus.” The move by the society has been welcomed by major supermarkets selling Aberdeen-Angus beef. Mr Wallace added: “This process was extensively and rigorously tested with management and council visits to the manufacturers in Germany and the completion of field trials. After this process it was brought back to council and unanimously approved. “Like all changes, there has been some resistance but I am convinced that putting the society in a position to be leading in genomic testing can only be a good one. “We should be leaders, not followers.” Mr Wallace admitted that a £34,000 re-branding exercise carried out over the past year, which included the dropping of the society’s long-established black, green and yellow colours, left room for “significant improvement”. The issue, particularly improvement to the website, would, he said, be addressed in the coming year. The decision to prop up the pension fund of chief executive, Ron McHattie, by £120,000 in four tranches was defended by new president, David Evans, who explained that it was a “catching up” operation as the funding of the pension had not been addressed for 11 years and annuity rates had halved in that time. Mr Evans, who works as a financial adviser, runs a 60-cow pedigree herd in Cleveland with his wife, Penny, and has been chairman of the society’s breed promotion committee. He is planning a series of open days throughout the country this year to promote the commercial attributes of the Aberdeen-Angus breed. “There is a huge and growing demand for certified Aberdeen-Angus beef with the active involvement of most of the leading supermarkets in the UK and registrations in the Herd Book are at a record level and continuing to increase,” said Mr Evans. “But we can’t stand still and it is important that the breed adopts all the latest technology to take the breed forward in the future.” New senior vice-president is Tom Arnott, Haymount, Kelso, while Alex Sanger, Prettycur, Montrose, was appointed junior vice-president.


Harriers have chance to breed at Kinnordy reserve

May 7 2011

Marsh harriers could breed this year at an Angus nature reserve for the first time since records began, experts have suggested. The birds regularly visit Loch of Kinnordy, near Kirriemuir, in the summer season but they are still extremely rare and it is estimated that there are only 360 breeding females in the UK. But in recent weeks, a couple has been seen over the loch, meaning that excitement is building among staff as to what the coming months could hold. Kim Ross, assistant warden at the reserve, said, "Things are looking really positive with lots of nest material gathering and food passes being seen regularly by both staff and visitors. "It really is something amazing to see. A pair of marsh harriers was seen at the reserve last year but they have never bred here before." The male of the pair has been tagged and identified as a bird that fledged on the Tay in 2009. Great efforts have been made on the part of charities such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to conserve marsh harriers a species which became extinct in the UK in the late 19th century and is still making a recovery.

Road tests

Audi Q2 puts quality over size

March 21 2018

Audi’s Q2 was one of the first premium compact SUVs on the market. It sits below the Q3, Q5 and the gigantic, seven seat Q7 in Audi’s ever growing range. Although it’s about the same size as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, its price is comparable with the much larger Nissan X-Trail or Volkswagen Tiguan. Even a basic Q2 will set you back more than £21,000 and top whack is £38,000. Then there’s the options list which is extensive to say the least. My 2.0 automatic diesel Quattro S Line model had a base price of £30,745 but tipped the scales at just over £40,000 once a plethora of additions were totted up. Size isn’t everything, however. In recent years there’s been a trend of buyers wanting a car that’s of premium quality but compact enough to zip around town. It may be a step down in size but the Q2 doesn’t feel any less classy than the rest of Audi’s SUV range. The interior looks great and is user friendly in a way that more mainstream manufacturers have never been able to match. The simple rotary dial and shortcut buttons easily trounce touchscreen systems, making it a cinch to skim through the screen’s menus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eQ5p5Z7-Ek&list=PLUEXizskBf1nbeiD_LqfXXsKooLOsItB0 There’s a surprising amount of internal space too. I took three large adults from Dundee to Stirling and no one complained about feeling cramped. As long as you don’t have a tall passenger behind a tall driver you can easily fit four adults. At 405 litres the boot’s big too – that’s 50 litres more than a Nissan Juke can muster. Buyers can pick from 1.0 and 1.4 litre petrol engines or 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDIs. Most Q2s are front wheel drive but Audi’s Quattro system is standard on the 2.0 diesel, as is a seven-speed S Tronic gear box. On the road there’s a clear difference between this and SUVs by manufacturers like Nissan, Seat and Ford. Ride quality, while firm, is tremendously smooth. Refinement is excellent too, with road and tyre noise kept out of the cabin. It sits lower than the Q3 or Q5 and this improves handling, lending the Q2 an almost go-kart feel. On a trip out to Auchterhouse, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I was appreciative of the four-wheel drive as well. The Q2 is expensive – though there are some good finance deals out there – but you get what you pay for. Few cars this small feel as good as the Q2 does. Price: £30,745 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 131mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2 emissions: 125g/km

Farming news

Highland Cattle chief plans promotional drive for breed

February 12 2018

Relying on the picture postcard image of Highland cattle to promote the breed will no longer be enough to secure its future, the new president of the Highland Cattle Society has admitted. Aberdeenshire farmer Gordon McConachie was elected to the role at the weekend and yesterday acknowledged that Highlanders hadn’t kept pace with other breeds. He said his aim as president was to turn that situation around by putting his weight behind a promotional drive aimed at commercial beef producers. Speaking at the breed’s bull show at Oban, Mr McConachie said the pedigree wing was doing well but commercial farmers were failing to see the potential of Highlanders. “A lot of people think of them as hobby cattle which don’t make money, and in a lot of markets Highland steers make less per kilo than dairy bulls. “We have to get away from that stigma,” he said. “The end product is great and in demand. It’s doing well in Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, so the finishing job is good but we now need middle men to see there’s money in them. “We will promote how low-cost and effective they are and we will be going down the line of providing a scientific background to prove what we’re saying.” Mr McConachie said it would be a while before the breed reached the stage of recording EBVs and back fat, but breeders were already starting to record calf weights. He said: “We need to move away from the picture postcard image and demonstrate the commercial potential of this breed.” Gordon McConachie farms at Cuilgrianan near Insch and has kept Highlanders for 27 years. He accepted the criticism that the breed took a notoriously long time to finish. “Yes, they’re naturally slower to finish than other breeds and they don’t respond to concentrates until they’re two years old. “But they cost no more to produce than other beef,” he said. “These are low-cost cattle which winter outdoors and are great at converting poor-quality forage into great beef.” He also admitted that the breed’s traditional horns can pose a problem for farmers and slaughterhouses which charge more to kill Highlanders, but he said there was no reason why commercial stock shouldn’t be dehorned. At the breed’s next big show and sale at Oban in October there will be new classes for unregistered, dehorned and cross Highland cattle. “The horned image will remain as a focal point for the traditional pedigree breed but we need to ensure it survives in the long term and that means making changes,” he said. “If we can promote the commercial side the pedigree market will look after itself.” nnicolson@thecourier.co.uk

This student took his Tinder profile to the next level by turning it into a PowerPoint presentation

February 21 2018

Standing out from the crowd on Tinder can be tough, but with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint a British student has managed just that – and gone viral in the process.Sam Dixey, a 21-year-old studying at Leeds University, made a six-part slideshow entitled “Why you should swipe right” – using pictures and bullet points to shrewdly persuade potential dates to match with him on the dating app. The slideshow includes discussion of his social life and likes, such as “petting doggos” and “laser tag”, and “other notable qualities and skills” – such as being “not the worst at sex” and “generous when drunk”.It even has reviews mocked up from sources such as “Donald Trump”, “Leonardo Di Capri Sun” and “The Times Guide to Pancakes 2011”.Sam told the Press Association the six-slide presentation only took about 20 minutes to make and “started off as a joke”.However, since being posted to Twitter by fellow Tinder user Gracie Barrow, Sam’s slideshow has been shared tens of thousands of times across social media.So, it’s got the seal of approval form Gracie, but how has the slideshow fared on Tinder? “I’d have to say it has been pretty successful,” Sam said. “Definitely a clear correlation of matches and dates beforehand to afterwards.“Most of the responses tend to revolve around people saying ‘I couldn’t help swipe right 10/10’ but I’ve had some people go the extra mile and message me on Facebook.“Plus some people have recognised me outside, in the library and on dates.”A resounding success.


Ron McHattie, Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society chief executive

September 10 2015

The chief executive of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society, Ron McHattie, has died at the age of 63, only a month before his planned early retirement. In spite of recent health issues, Mr McHattie continued to be actively involved in the running of the society, attending a meeting of the society’s council at the end of August and conducting business from his home in Lochussie, Dingwall, before his death last Thursday. A statement from the society said Mr McHattie had died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. “The news of Ron’s untimely passing will come as a shock to his many friends in the Aberdeen-Angus breed both at home and abroad,” said breed president David Evans. “He played a huge and influential role in the phenomenal development and expansion of the Aberdeen-Angus breed in the UK and Ireland over the past 18 years and his wise counsel will be greatly missed. “Our heart goes out to his wife, Christine, daughter, Laura, and son, Frazer, in their sad loss.” Mr McHattie was appointed the society’s first chief executive in January 1997 and has played a major role in restoring the breed’s pre-eminent position in the beef industry, with annual registrations in the Herd Book more than doubling to a record 14,732 last year and the society’s financial reserves increasing five-fold to more than £2,400,000 during his stewardship. The society is now the second largest beef breed society in the UK in terms of beef breed sired calves registered with the British Cattle Movement Service. He was instrumental in developing a close relationship with leading retailers and the meat trade, which has been key to the breed’s expansion and the premium prices secured for Aberdeen-Angus and Aberdeen-Angus cross cattle in the market place. He was passionate about maintaining the integrity of the Aberdeen-Angus brand, which saw the society introduce a ground-breaking tissue sampling programme last year to validate the pedigrees of Aberdeen-Angus cattle and ensure the authenticity of beef sold as Aberdeen-Angus. The society was also the first in the UK to adopt the ABRI Breedplan performance recording system from Australia which has been rolled out to other beef breed societies through the society’s subsidiary company, Pedigree Cattle Services. Mr McHattie travelled widely in his role as chief executive and represented the society on the board of the World Aberdeen-Angus Secretariat which meets every two years in different parts of the world. He attended Aberdeen-Angus World Forums in Australia, South Africa, Canada and New Zealand and in recent months was heavily involved in the planning of the next World Forum which will be held in the UK in 2017 for the first time since 1977. A tenant farmer’s son from Forres, Moray, Mr McHattie graduated from the East of Scotland College of Agriculture and spent the early part of his career working with a dairy herd at Moffat and as a working farm manager on farms at Galashiels and north Fife. He then moved to north to Brahan Farms, Conon Bridge, where he managed a large-scale suckler and beef finishing enterprise for eight years before moving to the cooperative development organisation, SAOS, as a project manager. He was appointed chief executive of the society with the remit to improve and further develop all aspects of the society’s business and maximise the commercial opportunities for Aberdeen-Angus cattle. Mr McHattie’s funeral will take place on Friday at 12pm in the funeral home of William T Fraser and Son, Funeral Directors, Culduthel Road, Inverness.

Shows & Sales

Continental bulls take big money four times

May 3 2016

Continental bulls sold to a top price of 9,000gn four times at yesterday’s May bull sale at United Auctions in Stirling. First at this price was an October 2013-born Saler from Rigel Pedigree which is run by Terrence and Jane Pye at Yarm, North Yorkshire. Rigel Rhett which is a polled black home-bred son of Rigel Byron, and out of Rigel Rhiannon, sold to W Duncan and Co, East Lediken, Insch, Aberdeenshire. He made a new record for the highest price Saler to be sold at Stirling and he was only 1,000gn short of the breed record in the UK. The next best price for the breed was 4,500gn for June 2014-born Cumbrian Hya from Farmstock Genetics, Over Whitlaw Farm, Lindean, Selkirk. This Lataster Hector son, out of Cumbrian Hyacinth, sold to the Scottish Government’s bull stud at Knocknagael Farm, Inverness. In total, five Salers sold to an average of £4,935 which is up £1,260 on last year. A clearance rate of 83% was achieved. The next breed to hit the 9,000gn price tag was the Charolais when a lot from Major David Walter’s Balthayock herd at Glencarse, Perth, went under the hammer. July 2014-born Balthayock Jetset is a homebred son of Ugie Echo, which has previously sold sons to 15,000gn, and out of Balthayock Daphne. He sold to JD Leavesley, Needwood House, Needwood, Burton on Trent. Next best at 7,200gn was the reserve champion from Katreen Millar, Lochend Farm, Port of Menteith. June 2014-born Lakelady is a home-bred son of Mortimers Echo, out of Lakelady Elle. He sold to D Thomson, Mid Town Farm, Penrith. The breed champion, August 2014-born Falleninch Julius from Andrew B Hornall, Falleninch Farm, Stirling, sold for 5,000gn to Liam Muir in Orkney. This one is a home-bred son of Dereskit Fernando and out of Falleninch Anna. In all, 25 Charolais bulls sold to an average of £4,486 and a clearance rate of 53%. This is down £639 on last year’s average when 16 bulls went under the hammer. The next breed to achieve 9,000gn was the Limousin with two lots selling to this price. First up at this price was the breed champion from Bruce T Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswald, Dumfries. November 2014-born Goldies Justgreat is an AI son of Goldies Fandango, which the family previously sold for 22,000gn, and out of Goldies Fairytale. He sold to W and R Thomson, Cairnbog Farm, Kilsyth. The Goldies also achieved the second bid of 9,000gn for the Limousin breed when October 2014-born Goldies Jenson went under the hammer. This home-bred son of Goldies Fantastic, out of Goldies Belle, sold to J and R Semple, Netherton Farm, Dalrymple, by Ayr. Breed reserve champion, September 2014-born Harestone Jason from Neil and Stuart Barclay, South Road, Insch, sold for 5,200gn to Peter Alexander, Mains of Mause, Blairgowrie. A total of 43 Limousin bulls sold to an average of £4,356, which is up £748 on last year’s fixture when 32 bulls sold. A clearance rate of 90% was achieved. Lastly in the Simmental section a top price of 7,800gn went to September 2014-born Aultmore Franco, from Garry Patterson of Upper Forgie, Aultmore – by Grangewood William and out of Hazelden Jingle 8th. Franco sold yesterday to the Green family’s Corskie herd at Corskie Farm, Garmouth, Fochabers. The Pattersons also sold another lot, October 2014-born Aultmore Fearless, for 6,500gn. The second best price for the Simmentals at 7,200gn was paid for June 2014-born Corskie Freddo from the Green family at Corskie. This one is a son of the 22,000gn Dirnanean Bradley out of Corskie Candy. He sold to John Meikle, Kirkton of Lundie, Dundee. The reserve breed champion, November 2014-born Islavale Fusilier from Stewart Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Keith, sold for 6,500gn to D Hyslop, Clydside Farm, Lamington. In total 33 Simmental bulls sold to average £4,192, which is down £4 on last year when 25 bulls sold. The clearance rate was 67%.


Bittern sweet symphony as RSPB Scotland staff hear rare bird

August 13 2011

The presence of a rare bird has been hailed as evidence of the success of a Tay conservation programme. RSPB Scotland's Tay Reedbed reserve contains the largest continuous area of reed in the UK and offers a rich habitat to a wide variety of species. Its 410-hectare reedbed and 700 hectares of mudflat form an important breeding site for rare species including the bearded tit, the water rail a highly secretive small bird the marsh harrier and also a range of small mammals, insects and invertebrates. Work has been ongoing however to preserve and improve the habitat offered by the River Tay estuary and the reedbeds and RSPB staff have now seen signs that the work is paying off. A "buzz of excitement" is said to have swept through staff at the organisation's Perth office after one of its ecologists reported hearing "a low resonant boom" reverberating from the tidal reedbeds of the inner Tay. The noise has been identified as the sound of a booming male bittern, an elusive wading bird that is rarely seen in this area. Bitter winters in northern Europe over the past two years have seen record numbers of bitterns part of the heron family flying to Britain to what for them are unusual feeding grounds. The birds have been spotted at reserves across the UK, in some cases for the very first time, and it now appears that the Tay has its own visitors from the continent.Hope for regular visitorsA spokesman for RSPB Scotland said, "A record of elusive bitterns reflects the success of our conservation work here. "Continuing with commercial reed harvesting business is essential to maintain the habitat, which in turn provides a home for a huge range of species, such as marsh harriers and water rails and large populations of reed buntings and sedge warblers." He added, "We hope that, while bitterns are increasingly seen as regular wintering birds in Scotland at reserves like the Loch of Kinnordy and Loch of Strathbeg, the ongoing conservation management at Tay Reedbed will make the booming bitterns a regular presence here in spring. "We hope that they eventually become regular breeding birds at one of our Scottish reserves." Efforts to protect and conserve the reed beds along the Carse of Gowrie to Perth have been boosted in recent days by the news that funding has been earmarked by the Heritage Lottery Fund Some £1.5m has been set aside to support the Tay Landscape Partnership's plans for the Tay Valley, with a fully-developed application now to be submitted to secure the full award.

Farming news

Netherton Karama impresses at Perth Show

August 4 2014

Heavy rainfall throughout the day did not stop a fine array of livestock from competing at Perth Show at the South Inch on Saturday. Taking the overall champion of champions title, judged by Ronnie Mackie from the Ross Farm, Madderty, Crieff, was an Aberdeen-Angus cow and calf outfit. The pair, which had previously been crowned overall beef champion and Aberdeen-Angus breed champion, came from W&D McLaren, Netherton, Blackford, Auchterarder. Four-year-old cow Netherton Karama is by Netherton Big Edition and out of Netherton Karama. Shown with her January-born bull calf at foot, she is now owned by Highland Wagyu. She has had several wins including breed champion at Fife, Drymen and Dunblane shows this summer, cow and calf at the Angus National Show, and a part of the winning interbreed team at the Royal Highland Show in June. Beef interbreed judge Finlay McGowan, from Incheoch, Alyth, said Karama was outstanding in her class. “She calved at two and she is four now and breeding well. “She is an excellent example of an Aberdeen-Angus,” said Mr McGowan. He awarded his reserve beef silverware to five-year-old Charolais bull Ugie Echo, which is jointly owned by Jim Muirhead and Major Walter, Balthayock, Glencarse. This one was bought four years ago for 8,000gns from Jimmy Wilson. He is by Goldies Banker and out of Ugie Ada, has sired sons up to 15,000gns and was champion at Braco last week. The beef junior champion was a Charolais which came from Major Walter, Balthayock. The interbreed pairs was won by Doug Mach, Brockhurst, with a Limousin duo brought out by Dougie McBeath, Stirling. Cattle results were as follow. Aberdeen-Angus W and D McLaren, Netherton, Blackford, with four-year-old cow Netherton Karama, by Netherton Big Edition and out of Netherton Karama. She was shown with her January-born bull calf at foot, and was previously champion at Fife, Drymen, Dunblane, cow and calf champion at the Angus National Show and part of the winning interbreed team at the Royal Highland Show this year. She has been sold to Highland Wagyu. Reserve: Donald Rankin, c/o R and C Rettie, 3 Aberdona Mains, Alloa, Clacks, with April 2013-born heifer Retties Lady Ruth, by Rawburn Elysium and out of Wall Lady Ruth. She was bought by Mr Rankin from the Retties, who still show her. She was calf champion at the Smithfield, junior female champion at the Great Yorkshire and Royal Highland and reserve breed champion at the National Show at the Three Counties. Any other Continental L Laird & Sons, Lochhead Farm, East Wemyss, with second-calver British Blonde cow Whitefield Freya, by Whistley Dollar and out of Whitefield Suzy. She was bought from Eric Mutch, and won seven championships last year. Reserve: L Laird & Sons, Lochhead Farm, East Wemyss, with home-bred January 2010-born bull Lochhead Impressive, by Freefield E-Tay and out of Lochhead Fairy. He will be sold at Carlisle in October. Any other native Andrew Mylius and Partners of St Fort, St Fort Farm, Newport, with home-bred August 2012-born Lincoln Red bull St Fort RockStar, by Wragby Minstrel and out of St Fort Helebore. He won any other native breed champion at Fife and West Fife. Reserve: Andrew Mylius and Partners of St Fort, St Fort Farm, Newport, with home-bred March 2013-born Lincoln Red bull St Fort Stirling, by Beverley Noble, out of St Fort Hannah, on his first outing. Beef Shorthorn Alvie Farms, Mrs C M Williamson, Alvie Estate, Kincraig, Inverness-shire, with March 2013-born bull Alvie Galaxy, by Glenisla Zinzan and out of Grandtullybrae Yantara Trixy 3rd. He was breed champion at Nairn last week, and male champion and reserve overall at Great Yorkshire. Reserve: MD McMillan, Monydie Roger, Luncarty, with home-bred heifer Coldrochie Augusta Blossom, by Coln Valley Bogart and out of Coln Valley Augusta Blossom. She was breed champion at Alyth. British Blue Ronald Dick, Mains of Throsk Farm, Stirling, with home-bred June 2012-born heifer Ronick Hallie, by Tamhorn Sumo and out of Tamhorn Ebony. She was interbreed champion at Stirling, breed champion at Doune and Dunblane, and any other Continental champion at Braco last week. Reserve: David and James McKerrow, Nochnary Farm, Freuchie, with two-year-old bull Dragon Blus Hawk, bought last year in Carlisle for 5,000gns, on his first outing. Charolais Jim Muirhead and Balthayock Farms, The Garden House, Balthayock, Perth, with June-2009 born bull Ugie Echo, by Goldies Banker and out of Ugie Ada. He was bought for 8,000gns four years ago from Jimmy Wilson. He has sired sons up to 15,000gns and was champion at Braco last week. Reserve: Mr and Mrs CJ Wight, Carwood Farm, Biggar, with home-bred April-2012 born heifer Carwood Holly, by Glenrock Eiger and out of Carwood Sherry. She was reserve junior champion at the Royal Highland. Commercial J Robertson & Co, Newton of Logierait, Ballinluig, Pitlochry, with a September 2013-born Limousin cross steer calf, by a bull called Atilla and out of a Belgian Blue cross cow. Reserve: Graham Cameron, Western Bonhard, Scone, with a spring-born Limousin cross heifer. Hereford John and Margaret Cameron, Balbuthie, Kilconquhar, with home-bred September-2012 born bull Baldinnie 1 Super Star, by Dorepoll 1 and out of Baldinnie 1 Su per Gal. He was male champion at the Royal Highland and the Scottish National Show in Kelso last week. Reserve: Harvey Cattle, 100 Buchanan Street, Balfron, with home-bred November-2012 born bull Harvey Bros 1 Kenneth, by Parkhill Pompeii and out of Harvey Bros 1 Crocus V1. He was champion at Doune and Dunblane and is now up for sale. Highland Donald and Bryon MacNaughton, 72 Centre Street, Kelty, with April-2012 born home-bred heifer Skye 3rd of Rannoch, by Fergus of Isle of Bute and out of Skye 2nd of Rannoch. She was breed champion at East of Scotland Club Show, Campsie, Alyth, Dunblane, Braco and Kirriemuir. Reserve: Alun and Angela Garton, 4 Kildinny Cottages, Forteviot, with home-bred in-calf heifer Julie of Thaggnam, by Fear Cinnidh of Ardura, out of Julie the 13th of Craigowmill, on her first outing. Limousin (British Limousin Grand Prix) S and JH Illingworth, Hogwillside, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, with the home-bred January 2013-born bull Glenrock Illusion, by Goldies Comet and out of Glenrock Spangle. He was interbreed champion at Cumbernauld, junior at Royal Highland and Great Yorkshire. He will be up for sale at Carlisle later this month. Reserve: D McBeath and SJ Jessop, Lower Greenyards Farm, Bannockburn, with January 2012-born bull Ardglasson Highlander, by Fieldson Alfy and out of Ardglasson Daisy. He was bought privately in Roscrea last year, champion at the British Limousin Grand Prix last year at the Black Isle. He will now be put up for sale. Simmental Messrs Finlay McGowan, Incheoch Farms, Alyth, with the home-bred April 2013-born bull Dirnanean Eskimo, by Dirnanean Salvador, out of Dirnanean Timone, and set for the Stirling Bull Sales. Reserve: MJ and AM Mill, Shawsmill farm, Cardenden, Lochgelly, with February 2013-born bull Shawsmill Elvis, by Shawsmill Archie and out of Shawsmill Wednesday. He was breed champion at Central and West Fife and Doune and Dunblane. He will be sold at Stirling in October. Young handlers 12 to 16 years old: Robbie Wills. 16 to 24 years old: Sophie Harvey.