Procters Farm take first Royal Highland championship
Northern Irish judge Alastair Gault had a strong selection in front of him in every class at this year’s Royal Highland Show, with quality sheep to the fore on a day which saw a one-crop ewe from Procters Farm take the overall championship.
Shown by flock manager Jeff Aiken this ewe was on her first show outing and is a daughter of the privately purchased Scholars Twenty Twelve. She is out of a dam by the 50,000gns Haddo Ringleader and was praised by Mr Gault for her overall breed character, strong top and great movement.
“She’s an outstanding ewe, with a great set of legs under her and tremendous flesh from her shoulder right through. On the day it was her flashiness which just put her to the fore ahead of the shearling ram which took the male championship and reserve overall.”
The shearling ram winner came from John McKerrow, being a tup bought last year in partnership with Alastair Beaton, Wester Crosshill, and John Tough, Easterseat.
This was Cressage Vagabond, a 1500gns purchase from Lanark last year and sired by Garngour Upperclass and out of a Connachan dam by Connachan O2. He had been first at Lesmahagow and Ayr earlier this season.
Standing reserve in the female championship was the shearling ewe class winner from Keith, Roy and Alan Campbell, Drymsinie. This was CKC1404692, a daughter of Kelso Pavarotti out of a dam by Cambwell Socrates. She was another on her first show outing of the year.
And taking the reserve male championship was another from the Procters Farm team, this time Tophill Union Jack, the Lanark champion from 2013. Sired by Knock Trident he is out of a dam by Tamnamoney Rob Roy and was bought for 15,000gns.
In the ram lambs the winner was a Strathbogie lamb from the Innes family.
Then in the performance recorded ram lambs the winner came from David McKerrow.
Taking top spot in the ewe lambs was the Clark family with their lamb from the Teiglum flock.
Mr Gault said it had been a pleasure to judge such a strong line up of Texels from many top flocks. “The quality in depth was present in every class and made it a real pleasure to judge the sheep today.
“I can’t commend the breeders enough for the standard of sheep presented across the board.”
1 - Procters Farm’s - Procters - Tophill Union Jack - HOH1300527
2 - Ian Murray - Glenway - Brackenridge Underdog - NAB1300303
3 - Hugh Jackson - Boat - Mellor Vale Top Drawer - BCM1200121
4 - R and G Runciman - Lauderdale - Wester Crosshil Union Jack - BWG1300340
5 - John Connell - Lauder - Wolfclyde Unit - JWH1300497
1 – John McKerrow - Grougfoot - Cressage Vagabond - EMK1401807
2 – Ian Murray - Glenway - MFZ1400479
3 – Ian Murray - Glenway - Glenway Vantastic - MFZ1400466
4 – J and H Clark - Teiglum - Eglur Vesuvius I - ECE1400180
5 – Clark Farms - Garngour - CJN1403123
1 – James Innes & Sons - Strathbogie - IJS1501315
2 – Gordon Gray - Ettrick - GGH1505156
3 – W J Knox - Haddo - KWJ1501045
4 – Robbie Wilson - Milnbank - LYM1501844
5 – Robbie Wilson - Milnbank - LYM1501842
Performance Recorded Ram Lambs
1 – David McKerrow - Nochnary - DMN1501002
2 – W J Knox - Haddo - KWJ1501091
3 – Procters Farm’s - Procters - PFD150006
4 – Gordon Gray - Ettrick - GGH1505082
5 – Robbie Wilson - Milnbank - LYM1501783
1 – Procters Farm’s - Procters - PFD1302614
2 – Procters Farm’s - Procters - PFD1101159
3 – W J Knox - Haddo - KWJ1200418
4 – K, R and A Campbell - Cowal - CKC1201943
5 – K, R and A Campbell - Cowal - CKC1100239
1 – K, R and A Campbell - Cowal - CKC144692
2 – James Innes & Sons - Strathbogie - IJS1400787
3 – Robbie Wilson - Milnbank - LYM1401390
4 – Procters Farm - Procters - PFD1403561
5– P & C Orrisdale - Orrisdale - KAO1401061
1 – Clark Farms - Teiglum - CFT1503895
2 – Brian Buchan - Clinterty - BBY1500881
3 – W J Knox - Haddo - KWJ1501110
4 – W J Knox - Haddo - KWJ1500987
5 – A MacGregor - Allanfauld - XMM1508611