With the weather on their side, the Turriff Show came out on top. Below are some of the highlights and winners
The Irvine family’s Charolais bull Blelack Giggsey took the champion of champions award at a sun-drenched Turriff Show, with the sheep champion, a Texel from Jim Innes and son James, taking reserve.
The Irvines, from Tomintoul, have had a successful season with Giggsey, stock bull for their 50-cow Inverlochy herd. He was bought from Neil and Graeme Massie for 11,000gns at Stirling in February, and has already taken overall champion at the Black Isle Show, and breed honours at Nairn.
A delighted Raymond Irvine said he was ‘over the moon’ at the result. He said: “I did not think we would do so well this year - there are a lot of good cattle here and I thought the Aberdeen-Angus was the one to beat.”
The cattle championship, decided by all the judges who held up cards with their score for each breed other than the one they judged, was a popular affair, with crowds watching the Strictly Come Dancing-style scoring. It was the second time the Irvines have taken the beef supreme title, and the third year running they have taken the Charolais championship. Giggsey now heads to Grantown and Keith shows.
Reserve to Giggsey in the beef lines went to the Irvine family from Drummuir, Keith, with their home-bred Limousin bull, the 15-month-old Anside Hulk. Hulk, who was male champion at Nairn Show on his only previous outing, is by Derrighy Enfield, out of Anside Evita. He was also part of the family’s team of Limousins which took reserve honours in the group of three competition, won by the Aberdeen-Angus team.
Dairy honours went to a third calver from a herd up the road from the show - the Mair family’s Weeton Jasper D Oralie. Bought at a dispersal for 5,000gns, she is classified VG88 and giving 50 litres as part of the family’s 350-cow herd which averages 11,500 litres on three-times-a-day milking. In reserve was Jean Baird’s home-bred second calver Whattonvale Notty 8, who was on her first outing.
Reserve inter-breed beef
Junior inter-breed beef
The sheep lines, relocated to a new area this year, saw overall judge John Bell tap out the three crop Texel ewe from James C. Innes and Sons, Dunscroft, Huntly, as his champion. Mr Bell said his champion was a great example of the breed and had ‘the best looking head by a mile’.
It was the first outing for the Innes’ home-bred ewe, who is by Millars Outstanding and goes back to a gimmer bought for 11,000gns in 2002 from the Castlecairn flock.
Reserve went to the Suffolk champion, a gimmer from Robbie Wilson, North Dorlaithers, Turriff, which had been second at the Royal Highland Show. Mr Wilson’s Suffolks will be dispersed at Carlisle on November 29 but he will continue to run his Texel flock.
Turriff also hosted the Bluefaced Leicester national progeny show, with Duncan and Mary MacNiven from Glenfarg, Perthshire, taking the championship with a pair of ewes. The MacNivens, who are farm insurance brokers, have 80 ewes of varying breeds at home and put 15 Bluefaced ewes to the tup last year.
Reserve in the progeny show went to Gavin Ogg, Kirriemuir, on his first show outing in 40 years of breeding Bluefaced Leicesters.
Assisted by his nephew’s son Mark Ogg, he took reserve with a group of three tup lambs.
Good weather contributed to make this year’s Turriff Show a record-breaker, according to secretary Helen Paterson.
Part of the show’s success was offering reasonable prize money, and having ‘shows within the show’, said vice-president Bruce Ferguson.
This year, the show hosted the Bluefaced Leicester progeny show and has previously hosted Hereford and Simmental national shows.
Other show attractions, such as the Highland dancing competitions and the poultry show are part of the approach of having something for everyone.
The award for best indoor trade stand at the show went to new business AberdeenAngusDirect.com, which did a roaring trade.
Its founder Peter Moyes, explained he started farming in 2009, developing an Aberdeen-Angus herd for his own butchery which started in October last year. Beef is butchered on-farm and hung for at least 28 days, before being sold via his own farmshop and the internet.
Mr Moyes said he arrived at the show with what he thought was enough stock for two days, but had sold out by lunchtime on the first day and had to restock.
Next year is the show’s 150th anniversary, and vice-president Bruce Ferguson says he hopes everyone will ‘pull out all the stops to support it’.
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