AFTER clinching the overall honours last year, Crieff-based exhibitor Wilson Peters returned to dominate in the cattle ring at LiveScot, Lanark, with the heifer Miss Tees.
The January 2016-born is out of a Limousin cow and sired by the British Blue bull Valdes Van de Sluizenweg. It was tapped out by judge Harry Brown, Maud, Peterhead, as heavyweight heifer champion before heading the supreme line-up.
Mr Peters bought the 644kg heifer out of Middleton in Teesdale mart when judging in the spring, and has since partnered it to win inter-breeds at both Kirriemuir and Fife and commercial championships at Braco, Angus and Doune and Dunblane to name a few.
It later sold for £3,600 to Anthony Kitson Butchers, Yorkshire, who also bought Mr Peter’s winning Charolais cross heifer last year.
Taking second billing in both the heifer and overall beef championship was the heavyweight Limousin cross Lakeland Lady from Andrew Ewing, Annan. By Hollows Finn and out of a Limousin cross cow, this 595kg exhibit was acquired by Mr Ewing at Cockermouth’s spring sale, where he was also acting as judge.
Born in May 2016, it stood reserve commercial at Moffat and Cumberland shows, also standing reserve inter-breed at Dumfries. The Kitson’s also bought this heifer, forking out £3,900.
Steer champion was the Limousin cross No Frills Frazer from James Nisbet, Sorn. Another market buy, this 608kg Lodge Hamlet son was snapped up by Mr Nesbit at Brecon show potentials in February for £1,500. Reserve steer champion at the Royal Highland show, it changed hands for £2,300.
Reserve in the steer section was the homebred 510kg Limousin cross, Bulldozer from Iain Lammie, Cumnock. An AI son of Powerhouse Elite, it was making its show ring debut.
Topping the baby beef section was Gavin Scott, Linlithgow, with the heifer Do Da. A homebred daughter of the Limousin bull Melbreak Hero, it is out of a Belgian Blue cow.
January born and tipping the scales at 366kgs, it stood above the reserve choice, the Limousin heifer Grahams Nora from R. and J. Graham, Bridge of Allan. By Kilcor Iceman, April-born Nora was reserve section champion at Agri-Expo earlier in the season.
The sheep classes saw a pair of lightweight Beltex come to the fore to claim the overall supreme title after winning the butchers championship.
Weighing in at a combined 85kgs, the April-born ewe and wedder were bred and exhibited by R. Hall and Son, Dalston. By a Northcopp stock tup and out of Beltex cross ewes, they later sold for a trade topping price of £310/head to the judge, Jimmy Stark, Milton of Campsie, who described his champions as ‘outstanding, quality sheep’, which ‘were perfect for the market’.
Taking reserve spot were the hill and native champions, a pair of Blackface ewe lambs from H.F. Hamilton, Thornhill. Weighing 39.5kgs and by a homebred tup, the exhibitors also took the breed championship with a different pair of lambs at Agri-Expo three weeks previous. The April-born pair sold for £175/head to Ballards Butchers, Castle Douglas.
Reserve in the butcher’s championship was another pair of Beltex, this time from Robert Rennie, Ednam, who had won the young breeders class. Weighing 39kgs, the pair of ewes are sired by Airyolland Alonzo, which was bought out of Kelso last year.
Coming in behind the Blackface lambs in the hill championship were a pair of North Country Cheviot lambs from C.R. Graham and Sons, Waterbeck. Scaling 44kgs, they are by a Nun Cote tup.
In its second year was the LiveScot dairy show, which saw Andrew Neilson, Strathaven, take both champion and reserve tickets. His victor was the third calver Overside of Allemar Amanda, a Cervi Allemar daughter shown giving 70kgs daily.
Calved one month, it was reserve Holstein at Agri-Scot and also won the best udder prize.
Reserve was the heifer Overside of Zeber Emerald, which had been calved six weeks and was yielding 40kgs.
Overall (Judge, H. Brown, Peterhead) Supreme, W.A. Peters, Miss Tees (British Blue cross); reserve, A. Ewing, Lakeland Lady (Limousin cross).
Heifer, Sup., W.A. Peters, Miss Tees (British Blue cross); res., A. Ewing, Lakeland Lady (Limousin cross).
Steer, Sup., J. Nisbet, No Frills Frazer (Limousin cross); res., I. Lammie, Bulldozer (Limousin cross).
Baby beef (M. Scott, Brampton) Sup., G. Scott, Do Da (Limousin cross); res., R. and J. Graham, Grahams Nova (Limousin).
Overall (S. Morley, Carlisle) Sup., H. Neilson, Overside Allemar Amanda; res., H. Neilson, Overside Zeber Emerald.
Overall (J. Stark, Milton of Campsie) Sup., R. Hall and Son (Beltex); res., H.F. Hamilton (Blackface)
Blackfaced, Sup. and res., H.F. Hamilton.
Swaledale, Sup. and res., J.G. Thirlwall.
Cheviots, Sup., C.R. Graham and Sons (North Country) res., A. Reid (South Country).
Mules and crosses, Sup., T. and J. Linton; res., P. Lee.
Butchers lambs, Sup., R. Hall and Son; res., R. Rennie.
Hill, Sup., H.F. Hamilton; res., C.R. Graham and Sons.
Native, Sup., H.F. Hamilton; res., N/A.